International Photo Festival Leiden 2020

The fifth edition of the International Photo Festival Leiden (IPFL) takes place from 9 to 17 May 2020. For ten days, the Cultuurkwartier (Cultural Quarter) Leiden is entirely dedicated to the world of photography, with the Lammermarkt as its pulsating heart. In addition to the various indoor and outdoor exhibitions, the festival offers a versatile and high-quality fringe program.

The International Photo Festival Leiden (IPFL) offers emerging European photographers a stage in the first phase of their professional career. The IPFL creates an international platform with a high visibility and advertising value. The photographers show their work and get into contact with a broad and international photography-loving audience.

The IPFL is an initiative of the Foundation for Talented Photographers, which was founded in 2013, and takes place every other year. The festival is based on two pillars: photo competition and festival.

The competition

The submissions for the photo competition form the basis for the material that will be shown during the International Photo Festival Leiden. From more than 125 photo submissions sent to us from all over Europe, an independent jury of experts makes a critical assessment and selects the 15 nominated photographers. Out of these nominees, the jury also chooses one overall winner who will receive a cash prize of € 1,500. The winner will be announced by the jury at the opening day of the festival, on Saturday 9 May 2020. There is also an audience award with a cash prize of € 500.

15 nominated IPFL photographers

During the International Photo Festival Leiden, the works of the 15 nominated IPFL photographers will be presented in large format in a free open-air exhibition. Also displayed are the winners of the 2018 edition, Saskia Aukema (jury prize winner) and Atelier Jùnn (audience prize winner), each showcasing a solo exposition with recent and new works. Moreover, this five-year-anniversary edition would not be complete without a group exhibition of 5 ‘alumni’ IPFL photographers that will present their further development as professional photographers with a combination of both older and brand-new material.

Festival and program

For the up-and-coming photographers, the International Photo Festival Leiden is a very important public stage and a springboard to a professional career. For the visitors, the festival is an exciting introduction to contemporary photography and encounters with new photographic talents. The versatile program furthermore offers artist talks, presentations, workshops, a photo auction, masterclasses and portfolio reviews for both young and old, photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.

A festival without borders

Since 2014, the IPFL has been working closely with two renowned international photo festivals: Photoville (New York) and HeadOn (Sydney), with the aim of giving new photographic talent a global platform. By exchanging their works, the emerging professional photographers get the chance of reaching new global audiences on the other side of the ocean.

The daily program and visitors information is available from 15 March.