Noorderlicht International Photography Festival

Noorderlicht International Photography Festival

Deadline: May 15, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: Travel Grant, participation in the exhibition


TAXED TO THE MAX, the 26th edition of the International Photography Festival of Noorderlicht, takes place during October and November 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

TAXED TO THE MAX examines the societal tensions created by international conglomerates with their vast accumulations of capital and their influence on national and global politics. TAXED TO THE MAX asks: how does the increasingly perfected entanglement of corporatism, finance capital and modern government affect the lives of regular people?

Open Call & Travel Grant

TAXED TO THE MAX seeks out photographers and artists whose work reveals the costs of widespread acceptance towards the effects of a governance catering to rather than scrutinising the interests of the privileged elites.

We specifically invite submissions that focus on the unseen, unspoken, hidden, or ignored social, political and human consequences of neoliberal and corporatist policies.

We aim to foreground the narratives of ordinary people grappling with political and economical movements that remain largely invisible or out of reach, yet who are facing the direct consequences in their daily lives and are constantly asked to ‘do the right thing’.


TAXED TO THE MAX is curated by Hester Keijser in close collaboration with the Noorderlicht team. As always, the festival will encompass a mix of research carried out by Noorderlicht and open submissions.

TAXED TO THE MAX speaks of global issues that affect everyone. Therefore, Noorderlicht welcomes proposals from photographers, affiliated artists and curators from any part of the world, of any age and nationality.

Relevant subjects not mentioned here or contrasting perspectives on the festival theme are equally welcome. Neighbouring lens based art forms such as digital media, video or VR are also emphatically in the picture.

Travel Grant

This year, Noorderlicht has created a travel grant, which funds the travel costs of 2-3 participating artists within Europe to the festival.

The recipients of this grant, to be selected from the open call, will be invited to present their work in person during the opening weekend. The grant covers tickets and accommodation for one night in Groningen.



Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize
Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize


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