Vilnius Photo Circle (20.06.2015)


In the autumn of 2015, the Lithuanian Press Photographers Club will be pleased to present the ninth International Festival of Photojournalism Vilnius Photo Circle. During which lectures and tutorials will be delivered and the Festival prizes will be awarded.

The fundamental part of the festival is the Contest The Circle of Life, in which press photographers from four continents have taken part. The Contest is the flag-bearer of the Festival aimed at promoting the real essence and meaning of photojournalism. It is a Contest of photo stories on social themes from our everyday lives. The photo stories must consist of between 5 to 16 pictures. The best seven to ten photo stories selected by an international jury will be exhibited during the Festival and published in the journal Photo Circle.

Our main sponsor Nikon has provided the first prize for The Circle of Life Contest. The winner will receive a Nikon D4s, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon SB-910.

The deadline for The Circle of Life Contest is 30th June 2015. Information on how to upload images is available online. Pictures (for upload) must be JPEG with captions in File info modified with Photoshop or Photo Mechanic. Longest side must be from 3000 to 4500 pixels. Original files might be requested.

In addition, the Contest Homework, for young photographers under 30, is organized within the framework of the Festival. The theme of this year’s Contest is ’My Generation‘ (see below). The Tutor and Judge of the contest is Mads Nissen, photojournalist from ’Politiken‘ (Denmark), the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2014. He will take part in the Photographers’ Weekend and will comment on the results of this Contest. The best three to five stories will be exhibited during the Festival and published in the journal Photo Circle. The deadline for the Homework Contest is 31st August 2015. Information on the uploading of images as well as the terms and conditions of participation are available online.

Photographers whose pictures are exhibited during the Festival and published in the Photo Circle journal will be provided with a free two-night stay in Vilnius during the Photographers’ Weekend. The nominees of The Circle of Life Contest (at least three people) and the nominees of the Homework Contest (at least two people) will be able to have their travel expenses covered by the organizers up to 200 Euro (tickets must be booked only by the organizers). The organizers of the Festival have the right to exhibit the selected works during the Festival and publish them in the Photo Circle journal without paying a fee to the author. By presenting their works for the Contest, photographers at the same time express their acceptance of the terms of participation at the Festival. 



What occupy the minds of people in your generation? What are their dreams? Their fears? The problems they are facing? The thoughts? The confusion? The time and moment in history which destiny chose to be theirs? Only when the story is close and important to you, will it be so to the audience. So I like to see work on issues which are truly important to you (and your generation) and shot with an insight, intimacy and a challenging visual language so I can’t stop myself from being involved.


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