Call for Entries
Submission Deadline:
15.12.2014 5pm UTC

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend
29.01. – 01.02.2015

Portfolio Review

The Portfolio Review is an annual public event where fifteen emerging photographers present their work to an international panel of renowned professionals of the photographic industry. It will take place for its third time on 31 January 2015 at the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf, the hot spot of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend.
During the presentations the images will be screened with a projector and each artist has 20 minutes time to show his/her work and to receive feedback from the jurors. The Portfolio Review is open to the public of the Photo Weekend. At the end of the day, after the presentations, the visitors and the jurors vote for the best portfolios and the winners receive their awards.
The Portfolio Review is aimed at emerging artists from all over the world who want to gain exposure by presenting their work to curators, editors and publishers. In the last two editions photographers from more than 50 countries applied to participate in the Portfolio Review which until now has hosted artists from Germany, Greece, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Russia, Israel and the United States.

Past winners of the Portfolio Review were Jan van der Til, Maurice van Es, Christian Kryl and Oliver Hartung.


The Format

We try to stand out with a unique approach to the review process. The format aims to give the participants the opportunity to showcase his/her work in a way that lies somewhere between portfolio review and artist talk.

Every year we produce an accompanying publication which includes a print of the participating photographers. Our goal is to connect the photographers with each other and the industry, and offer a broad media coverage by cooperating with leading photography publications.

We aim to get the very best people for our event and reach out to our partners to make the portfolio review a truly rewarding experience for all participants.





Michael Biedowicz
ZEIT Magazin

After working as a theatre photographer at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin for ten years, Michael Biedowicz has been working as a picture editor for various publications. Since 2007 he has been the chief picture editor of the ZEITmagazin. He has also worked as a curator (40 years of ZEITmagazin, Marilyn backstage) and is a member of different panels for photographic competitions (German Youth Photography Price, PANL – Photographers Association of the Netherlands, Körber Foundation). In 2011 he co-founded the Berlin based gallery Pavlov's Dog, Raum für Fotografie.

Gregory Barker
HOTSHOE Magazine

Gregory Barker is a London based editor and consultant. He is the co-founder of STANLEY/BARKER, an independent publishing company that produces highly individual photobooks, and the Commissioning Editor at HOTSHOE – the UK’s leading contemporary photographic magazine. Gregory Barker is interested in all genres of photography, as long as it aims for some form or originality and authenticity.

Hester Keijser

Hester Keijser is a freelance curator and author specialized in contemporary photography with a focus on the Middle East. She frequently collaborates with other international organisations in the field of photography on exhibitions, presentations, lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews, and serves as jury member for various awards and festivals.

Kris Scholz

Kris Scholz studied from 1984 until 1990 at the Art Academy Düsseldorf with Bernd and Hilla Becher. Since 2005 he is professor for photography at the Hochschule Darmstadt. He co-founded the Darmstadt Days of Photography and is a steady member of the jury of the Merck Prize. His works have been exhibiteted widely and published extensively. Kris Scholz lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Alexa Becker
Kehrer Verlag

Alexa Becker is the acquisitions editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg (Germany). Having obtained her Master's in Art History from the University of Heidelberg, she started her career at Kehrer in 2003, where she is responsible for selecting and acquiring new photography-related projects. She also initiated the »Trouvés« series at Kehrer Verlag which features handmade photobooks and -objects.

Ingo Taubhorn
House of Photography

Since 1988 Ingo Taubhorn has worked as a freelance curator for art institutions such as the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Pat Hearn Gallery in New York and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin. Since 2006, he has been chief curator at the House of Photography in Hamburg. He is president of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (DFA) and teaches photography and visual media at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld.

Sheyi Bankale
Next Level Magazine

Sheyi Bankale is Curator of Next Level Projects and Editor of Next Level magazine. He acts as panelist, judge and nominator for The Art Foundation, Google Photography Prize, CONTACT Photography Festival BMW Prize, The Prix Pictet and Next Level Awards. He is a leading expert on photography at major international portfolio reviews, and facilitates the acquisition of photo art works with international museums, art collectors and private clients. He is renowned for his curatorial work in recent years at Next Level Projects as well as Guest Curator for Saatchi Art’s Special Guest Curator Programme and the 2015 Curator for the prestigious Photo 50 exhibition at the London Art Fair.

Clare Strand

Clare Strand is a Brighton based artist. She has exhibited in venues including Tate Britain; The Hassleblad Center; The Photographers’ Gallery and the Courtauld Institute. In 2009 the Folkwang Museum in Essen recognised Strand’s work with the solo exhibition “Photography and Video”. At the same time Steidl Publishing in Göttingen, in collaboration with Photoworks, released a monograph that brings together Strand’s work from 2002 to 2009 and includes texts from David Chandler, Ian Jeffrey, and Ute Eskildsen. Strand's work is held in the collections of Arts Council England; The National Collection; The British Council; The Folkwang Museum; The Unicredit Bank; The New York Library; The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Centre Pompidou and many private collections. Strand is also one half of the ideas based collective MacDonaldStrand and head of the Intangiable for The Institute of Unnecessary Research.



The Portfolio Review is open to all emerging artists working with photography. There are no thematic, geographical or age restrictions, and there is no requirement for art school or university education. However only those should apply who are able to come to Duesseldorf in person on 31 January 2015 to present their work.
To apply, you need to submit two bodies of work, one of which needs to be in its final stage (the second one might be in progress). Please submit a maximum of 10 images for each body of work. Furthermore, each body of work needs to be supported with a project description or artist statement (up to 300 words each). Moving image work is not eligible for the Portfolio Review 2015.

After the deadline, the Portfolio Review team selects a longlist which will then be passed on to the jurors who will vote for the shortlist (15 candidates). The longlist will be announced in mid December, the shortlist will be announced in the end of December on and on The shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the Portfolio Review in Duesseldorf to present their work.
This year the open call will be hosted by IdeasTap. All submissions must be made via Please ensure you follow the instructions outlined carefully, otherwise your submission may not be valid. Download our step by step guide to the submission process. Submission costs 10 €*.

*The submission fee charged is in aid of the Portfolio Review 2015 and directly contributes to the organisation and delivery of the event for the benefit of all participants.






Portfolio Review Visitor Award

Visitors of the Portfolio Review will be invited to vote for their favourite artist. At the end of the day the winner of the voting will receive a cash prize over 250 €.


ARTE Creative Award

Three commissions by Arte Creative to produce a photo-essay with a budget of each 2500 € within a year of the Portfolio Review 2015



Metro Imaging Award

One artist will receive a 1250 € credit at Metro Imaging London. This money can be spent on all services Metro is offering. This award also includes a one-year-long Metro Imaging Mentoring Scheme.



IdeasTap Award

The audience of the Portfolio Review will be invited to vote for their favourite artist. At the end of the day the winner of this voting will be announced and will receive a prize money over 250 €.

Wunderkammer Award

The director of will invite one of the participants of the Portfolio Review to create a limited edition print series to be represented in the modern cabinet of photographic curiosities.




IdeasTap is an arts charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers. A network of more than 150,000 members, the organisation works with some of the biggest and most prestigous arts organisations in the UK offering a huge range of exclusive opportunities, all designed to boost young people’s career and move their work forward.

Metro Imaging offers professional photographic processing, scanning, printing & framing with over 33 years in the photographic industry and an outstanding personal approach.

ARTE Creative is an international magazine, lab and network for contemporary culture. The goal of ARTE Creative is to build a creative community, and to develop new formats at the crossing of web and TV.

Wunderkammer is a modern cabinet of curiosities founded by photographer Anna Skladmann. In a quest to bring to life a cross section of photography, Wunderkammer collaborates and interacts with upcoming exceptional artists, to transform their visions into limited edition prints, for you to treasure.


Media Partner

HOTSHOE is the UK's leading contemporary photography magazine, published 4 times a year. HOTSHOE is repeatedly the first to spot and support innovative work.

dienacht is a printed Magazine for Photography, Design and Subculture. dienacht likes to see and publish strong, timeless photography.

Der Greif is a Print- and Online-Magazine for Photography and Literature featuring and combining the work of photographers and authors from all over the world.

STILL is a magazine for literature & photography, based in Berlin and New York.


SuperMassiveBlackHole online photography magazine is dedicated to contemporary photography and the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today.







The charitable Arts and Culture Foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Duesseldorf aims to support interdisciplinary and experimental projects in the Duesseldorf Region.




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