Belfast Photo Festival presents a day of one on one portfolio reviews with Irish, British and International experts. The purpose of these reviews are to provide both photographers and artists working with photography the opportunity to meet one on one with professional from the UK, Europe and America. Through these reviews participants can expect to gain vital feedback on their artistic development, expand their professional networks and exchange ideas. Each review session will last 25 minutes, PLEASE arrive on time for sessions.

The Festival has carefully selected international experts in the field of photography and art from around the world to review for one day. (Reviewer Bios can be viewed further down the page) The invited reviewers are looking for new, emerging talent and works by established artists utilizing photography. Whilst the purpose of the review is not guaranteed to deliver exhibitions, publications or representation, these are potential outcomes.

We have a bespoke booking system so that reviews can be selected online. This system allows you to choose reviewers. It is a first come first served basis. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.

PLEASE NOTE: Spaces are limited, you must submit the application form and a list of the reviewers you are most interested to meet. Given that the review spaces are limited, we may not be able to give you all the reviewers you request. You will be given a list of reviewers and times based on how many sessions you indicate you wish to purchase. It's extremely important you arrive on time for your sessions and come prepared! Sessions will be kept to time and you cannot 'make up' any time lost.

Review Sessions
from 60.00
Number of Reviews:
Book Your Review

You can choose from either 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 reviews (there are a maximum of 12 reviews in one day - only select 12 if you have been reviewed before, so that you can be prepare for a busy day)

  • 2 reviews - £60
  • 4 reviews - £100
  • 6 reviews - £125
  • 8 reviews - £150
  • 10 reviews - £200
  • 12 reviews - £225

(No conessionary rates and no refunds)

As well as the above reviews, you will also get:

  • An opportunity to be selected for a public presentation of your work to an auditorium of professionals during the reviews
  • An opportunity to be selected for an additional complimentary review
  • Free entry to talks by Lorenzo Vitturi, Mentalgassi and Manuel Vason
  • Entrance to a special evening social and live music event


Crescent Arts Centre (2-4 University Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT7 1NH)

Time & Date:

9:30am - 4:30pm

Friday 5th June 2015

What you need:

Participants should have a well-developed body of work or project in progress. It's important that participants have a clear idea of what they want to gain from their review sessions (i.e. feedback, development of work, editing suggestions etc)

Stacey Baker

Stacey Baker - Associate Photo Editor (THE New York Times Magazine, new york)

The New York Times Magazine is renowned for its long standing, cutting edge use of photography, both in print and multimedia. Stacey produces weekly shoots for the magazine and has worked with photographer such as; Massimo Vitali, Alec Soth, Paolo Pellergin and Lars Tunbjork. The New York Times magazine has been recognized with many prestigious awards including; World Press Photo, American Photography and the Society of Publication Designers, among others.

Stacey is open to seeing anything that is newsworthy and never before seen. This can include anything from documentary and conceptual to portraiture.

Jim Casper

Jim casper - editor & publisher (lensculture, paris)

Jim Casper is the editor and publisher of LensCulture, a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemoporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide. In addition to it's online platforms, LensCulture grants Interntational Photography Awards, curates exhibitions and screening of photography, published printed annuals, conducts interative online educational programs and hosts large-scale portfolio reviews and other international photography events. Lensculture currently reaches an audience of more than 1.2 million people monthly.

Erik Vroons

Erik Vroons - Editor-AT-LARGE (GUP Magazine, amsterdam)

From 2010-2014, he was the Chief Editor of international photography magazine GUP - based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently he functions as Editor-at-large for both GUP Magazine and Newdawn Paper - a bimonthly 'freezine' on contemporary Dutch Photography, initiated by the GUP editorial team. Besides editorial work, he is active as a freelance writer/researcher/teacher in the field of photography.

Celia Davies

Celia davies - director (photoworks, brighton)

Before her Directorship, Celia was Head of Project at Photoworks (2008-2011) and previously Head of Exhibition as De La Warr Pavillion (2002-8). She is currently Guest Curator and Visual Arts Advisor for HOUSE Festival and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Blast Theory. Over the past fifteen years, Davies has conceived and delivered numerous cultural projects in gallery, Festival and outdoor contexts.

Gemma Padley
Greg Hobson


Gemma is a journalist and editor who specialises in writing about photography. She currently works on a freelance basis for British Journal of Photography as the magazine Projects Editor and also as a contributing writer. Gemma has also written for the Telegraph, Photomonitor, Nowness and 1000Words among others. She recently founded the too many tastemaker blog that focuses on showcasing new talent and photography news.

From 2012 to 2014, Gemma worked as a senior reporter at British Journal of Photography.

Greg Hobson - Curator (National Media Museum, Bradford)

Greg is Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Recent exhibitions include Tom Wood. Photographs 1983-2013 (2013); Only in England: the photographs of Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones (2013); Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger than Fiction (2014); Make Life Worth Living. Nick Hedges photographs for Shelter, 1968-1972 (2014); and Revelations: Experiments in Photography (2015). He is currently working on an exhibition of photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, drawing on the Museum's extensive holding of work by Talbot and his circle. Greg contributes to various photography award panels and events, portfolio reviews and lectures internationally.

Agata Stoinska

Agata Stoinska - Founder & Executive Editor (BLOW Photo, dublin)

Agata trained as an architect before commencing a career in photography in 2003.

In 2019 she launched D-Light Studios in Dublin. D-Light is a large multimedia space that would accommodate the photography, fashion, televsion and arts industries.

In the summer of 2010 she launched the international photo magazine BLOW. This large format image-based publication features both emerging and established photographers from around the world. BLOW was awarded the Overall Print of the Year Award 2010 at the iris achievements in photography, in 2013 & 2014.

In 2014 she co-founded the online fashion magazine maven46.

Monika Chmierlarz

Monika Chmielarz - Artistic Director & Photo Editor (Blow Photo, dublin)

Monika's first work in the creative arts was as Co-Founder, Director and Manager of a theatre company in Poland. Working with international companies and artists, she produced plays, which were shown around Europe. In theatre Monika learned about story telling, about keeping an open mind and framing ideas into a choesive whole. This influenced greatly her direction as a Photo Editor.

After graduating in photography and working as a freelance photographer, Monika got involved with Blow Photo from it's establishment in 2010.

Trish Lambe

Trish Lambe - Curator (Gallery of Photography, dublin)

The Gallery of photography is Ireland's leading centre for contemporary photography. Trish is responsible, with Tanya Kiang, for the curation of the exhibition programme. She is also a nominator for Prix Pictet International Prize and has sat on jury panels for national and international photography awards.

A Director of Borderlines project, a major archive project addressing legacy of confilct in Ireland.


Tanya Kiang

Tanya Kiang - Curator (Gallery of Photography, dublin)

The Gallery of photography is Ireland's leading centre for contemporary photography. Trish is responsible, with Tanya Kiang, for the curation of the exhibition programme. She is also a nominator for Prix Pictet International Prize and has sat on jury panels for national and international photography awards.


Michael Weir
John Duncan

Michael Weir - Founder & Director (Belfast Photo Festival, belfast)

Michael has been Director of the Belfast Photo Festival since 2009 and initiated as well as curated numerous commissions on exhibitions of contemporary art with a particular focus on photography. In his role he curates the varied programme of artist talks, symposiums, residencies, workshops, short films and exhibitions per year. He has recently judged for the 2015 Circulations Photography Festival (Paris) and European Heritage Week 2014. He also reviews internationally, including Les Rencontres d'Arles (France), Format Festival (UK), Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore), East Wing (Dubai) and Chobi Mela (Bangladesh).


John Duncan studied Documentary Photography in Newport graduating in 1989 and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1992. He has been one of the Editors of Source Photographic Magazine since 1994. Source publishes a wide range of material - samples of previously published work can be viewed in the online archive. We are looking for new, previously unpublished bodies of photographic work made by photographers based in Ireland or the UK