New Talents 2020 – RESULTS

Belgrad Photo Month are very pleased to announce the winners of our “New Talents” 2020 contest:

1st – Lubov Rashina
2nd – Maxime Matthys
3rd – Kristina Sergeeva

Award for the Best Serbian Project goes to:
– Nađa Repman

Thanks to the members of our jury team, Nikon Serbia and Grain for their support.


Finally, the second round of judging is over.
It is our great pleasure to announce the three winners, whose fantastic projects have received the most votes (in alphabetical order):

• Kristina Sergeeva
• Lubov Rakshina
•Maxime Matthys

Starting with this edition of the festival we will also be selecting the best project submitted from young Serbian photographers.

This year we have selected:
•Nađa Repman


Our Jury finished with the first round of the New Talents contest and we selected 10 finalists.
We would like to thank all our participants – though we received fewer applications than the last year, the quality of the proposals was really high.

141 proposals, 60% of which were by women, and 40% by men. 30% participants from Serbia, 20% from Russia, 10% from Italy, and around 5% from Brazil. In total, 32 different countries.

In our next communication, we will announce the names of 3 winners, but not the order in which they were selected and the awarded like the best Local (Serbia) proposal.

The list of 10 finalists, in alphabetic order is:

Dmitry Sapolgin
Dylan Perlot
Gabriel Santana
Iza Štrumbelj Oblak
Kristina Sergeeva
Krittipong Thitithanakul
Lubov Rakshina
Maxime Matthys
Rakibul alam khan
Stefani Georgieva

Congratulations to all the participants and thank you for believing in our Festival.



The fifth edition of Belgrade Photo Month Photography Festival will be held during May 2020. Photography exhibitions, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, etc. The festival will take place in various venues around Belgrade, Serbia.


The open call is open to anyone of any nationality, professional or amateur, born after 1st January 1995. However, an entry may be rejected should the sponsoring organisation or its agent find that the entry does not conform to the exhibition rules and conditions. There are no restrictions as to subject matter except as outlined in the rules and definitions of specific sections, or otherwise stipulated by the laws of the Republic of Serbia where the exhibition is taking place.

Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or digitally. By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant declares the work as their own (pseudonyms are not permitted). The entrant thus permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the submitted material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the exhibition. This also may include low-resolution posting of the material on a website.

The exhibition assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright. Images may be altered, either electronically or otherwise, by the maker.






Submission closing date 9/2/2020

Successful authors notified 15/3/2020

The exhibition will be held during May 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The results will be published on the festival website


The works have to be sent by email to

Authors can apply with monochrome or colour photos or a mixture of both for the Belgrade Photo Month – New Talents exhibition.

Entries are limited to one project per entrant comprised of 8 to 15 photographs. Maximum dimension for individual photos is 1920 pixels (longer side), 72 dpi, format jpg in best compression quality.

The project requires a title and each photo must have the project title and be numbered according to the order in which the photos will be viewed in the project.

Photographs should be accompanied by an artist’s statement and a short curriculum vitae/biography (including birth date), along with a text about the project, not exceeding 3,000 characters in English.

Projects submitted in previous editions cannot be resubmitted.

Further information about the form or submitting entries may be obtained via or phone number +381638006371


Photographers nominated for the finalist exhibition will be requested to send selected photographs as high-resolution images no later than 3 days after the date of nomination. Otherwise, there is no obligation on the part of the organisers to print their work for the exhibition.


Selectors will evaluate creativity, originality, technical quality of submitted work and other criteria typically used at such assessments.

Members of the festival are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Jury members:

Paulina Anna Galanciak –  Co-Creator of TIFF Collective Foundation and TIFF Festival; Cultural Animator, Producer and Photographer

Mikiko Kikuta –  Artistic director of Shiogama Photography Festival in Miyagi and Setouchi International Photography Festival, Takamatsu in Japan and European Eyes on Japan/ Japan Today photography project and curator of Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival, Director of exhibition for Kanzan gallery in Tokyo.

Francesc Fàbregues–  Photographer, member of the Promotion Committee of the National Plan for Photography of the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya and Formentera Fotografica Festival Director

W.M.Hunt –  Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant. He teaches and lectures. He is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and been the head judge twice.

Branimir Karanovic –  Photographer and Photography Professor


The organisers will choose the three best projects from all those submitted.

From the three selected projects, the organisers will choose one winning project and will award prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. All three projects will be awarded Diplomas.

All three projects will be printed by Nikon Serbia and will form part of the Belgrade Photo Month exhibition under the title: New Talents 2020.


Copyright and all other author’s rights belong to the photographer. In case of violation of these rights the organisers will take necessary legal measures.

Photographers will be credited on all official festival publications and during the exhibition of their work. All contestants accept that the organisers and general sponsors can use submitted photographs for marketing and promotional purposes, including announcements in the media (press, TV, digital) and exhibitions in connection with Belgrade Photo Month Festival.

All nominated and winning photographs will be part of the Belgrade Photo Month festival collection. The festival will be administering the collection according to the established professional rules and principles with the intention to promote the concept of the festival and individual photographers.

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