Pelt Photo Festival ‘Lens op de Mens’

Pelt Photo Festival ‘Lens op de Mens’

Deadline: February 7, 2021
Entry Fee: €20
Prizes: participation in the exhibition

After two successful editions, Lens op de Mens vzw, in collaboration with CC Palethe and the municipal council of Pelt is organizing the third edition of the biennial photo festival ‘Lens op de Mens’ in the summer of 2021.

For this third edition, we are continuing along the road already travelled. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are welcome to present their most beautiful images to the public. The theme of this edition is again ‘man’ in the broadest sense of the word.

An international jury of professional photographers will make a selection from all submitted photos. We hope again for a large number of submissions by photographers worldwide. In addition to the numerous guest exhibitions, a total of around 1,000 photos are exhibited both in the open air and in the many indoor locations.

The theme of the photos is ‘Lens op de mens’ meaning that photos have to be about people in the large meaning of the word. For example, photos can represent documentaries or art.

Every photographer can upload a maximum of 10 photos.

Sub-theme edition 2021: Man in times of corona pandemic

At the moment, an epidemic caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus is afflicting the entire world. This has a huge impact on public life, which has largely stalled. But sectors such as health care are forced to go into overdrive. Also the food supply and everything related to it continues to work. The heroes of this crisis deserve our utmost respect. Heartbreaking images of caregivers and their patients, as well as heartwarming images of solidarity and support for all those who want to make our lives as pleasant as possible according to circumstances appear on TV news and on social media.

We would like to make from these images our sub-theme for Lens op de Mens 2021 . Rarely “people” received more attention. The “lens” is more than ever “aimed at people”. All those images of solidarity and compassion, of joy and sorrow, from applause for the caregivers to window visits to retirement homes, from children who have to learn and play differently, from home workers, from empty streets and from all who have to meet our daily needs. We would like to pay special attention to all these images during the next edition of Lens op de Mens in 2021.

That is why, in 2021, we will create a special corona picture award for the photo that most aptly depicts the impact of the corona pandemic on “humans”. The main theme of Lens op de Mens will of course remain “the human being” as in previous editions.


Awards for amateur photographers

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Honorable Mentioning

Awards for professional photographers

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Honorable Mentioning

Other awards

  • Prize for the most promising photographer younger than 30 years old
  • Prize for the best ‘Corona photo’, the photo that most strikingly depicts the influence of the Corona pandemic on ‘people’
  • Prize of the public
    Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to vote for their favourite photo. During the closing ceremony the prize of the public will be revealed.


The selected photos will be printed by the organization without any extra cost to the participating photographer and exhibited during the open air exhibition.

The name of the photographer will be displayed under each photo. Logos of partners and sponsors can also be included under the photo.

Entry Fee

  • 20 euro for every photo


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