Strongly believing in the power of experimentation and synergy between various arts, in 2022, with its third edition, the International Portrait Film Festival (IPFF) continues the competition module for photographic portraits "Portrait Pathways". The experiment will be open to photography projects by professionals and amateurs from around the world. The selected best photo portraits will be part of an exhibition during the festival events of IPFF 2022.

One of all the selected photographs will be awarded as a winner and will become a starting point for experimental transformations - in a virtual art incubator it will be an inspiration for subsequent discussions and creations in various arts and fields.


Portrait of a lady (a portrait from another historical time, past or future)

Portrait of a lady on fire (a queer portrait)

Portrait in sepia (a monochrome or black&white portrait)

The picture of Dorian Gray (a very beautiful portrait or a portrait-grotesque)

Portrait of the artist as a young man (a surreal portrait)

Self-portrait with ear and pipe (a self-portrait of the photographer)

Selection and evaluation

From all the submitted applications, the IPFF team will select the best 24 photos, which will be published on the platforms of the festival and will participate in an exhibition (digital & print versions) within the third edition of the IPFF in November 2022.

Once these 24 photographs are made public, various audiences will have the chance to vote for a favorite portrait. ONE work will be awarded as the winner of the "Portrait Pathways" contest.

Awards and prizes

The best work is given the opportunity to participate in a creative incubator "Portrait Pathways". The creative incubator is a virtual space that allows artists of many fields, through their comments and creations, to share impressions, opinions, to generate narratives, whose starting point and inspiration is precisely the winning photograph. The aim of the process is an enriching accumulation of ideas, outlining a new, longer, and unexpected life of the work, as well as popularizing the photographer within a different context.

Cash prize - the awarded photographer also receives a cash prize equal to 50% of all participation fees.

Rules for participation in all categories:

Used equipment: no restrictions
Age of participants: at least 18 years of age
Participation fee: for each application (1 photograph or a series of up to 5 photographs), a participation fee of 6 USD is paid.


The competition is open for applications from 15.03.2022 to 15.08.2022.
The selected photographs will be announced on September 5th, 2022.
The exhibition (print + digital) with selected photographs will be presented between November 10th and 30th, 2022 as part of IPFF's festival program, both within a live exhibition and on IPFF's online channels.
The cash prize for the best work will be paid by December 15th, 2022.
The virtual art incubator will be implemented throughout the year 2023.

Photographs requirements

Photos taken with any device, including a smartphone, are accepted;
Photos processed / retouched with software are accepted;
Both color and monochrome images are accepted;
Size: up to 20 MB
File format: jpg, png
Resolution: minimum - 300 dpi
Color scheme: recommended - sRGB, acceptable - RGB;

Copyright and participants' responsibility

The photographs submitted for participation in the competition "Portrait Pathways" are original works for which the author has all the rights;
The author is responsible for the copyrights and rights of the captured subjects;
Requirement for non-participation in other competitions - no;
Requirement not to participate in other competitions with the same works in the future - no;
It is not allowed to submit:
- Content that violates the law or is defamatory;
- Content that constitutes or encourages criminal conduct, leads to civil liability or which otherwise violates the law;
- Commercial content that promotes any products or services;
- Content that infringes copyright, trademarks, contractual rights, or any other intellectual property right of a third party or organization;
- Content that violates the rights, storage, and dissemination of personal data.

Participation in the competition means agreement with its rules. The author of the best photograph agrees for it to be "placed" in a creative incubator.
The authors of all selected works agree that their works will participate in a digital exhibition in the online channels of IPFF, as well as in a live exhibition with prints, part of the second edition of the festival.
Participants must obtain the prior permission and consent of the persons depicted in their works or who own copyrights or other intellectual and/or property rights over the works or objects depicted in them.
Participants agree to indemnify the organizer in full and to be fully responsible for any third party complaints or objections regarding copyright or other intellectual property, infringement, or damages arising from the submitted works.

The organizer has the right to print the selected photographs and to organize a digital and a physical exhibition.
In order to develop the competition and popularise the authors, the organizer reserves forever the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, display in exhibitions, distribute on its official website and social channels the selected photographs.
The organizer will always publish the name of the author of each published photo.
For purposes other than those listed above, the organizer will require the consent of the author.


The fee for participation in the photography contest is not refundable.
The organizer shall not be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to computer viruses or unauthorized access to its servers.
The organizer will not be liable for damages suffered by participants as a result of their participation in the competition.
All disputes will be resolved by mutual agreement or as a last resort before the competent court in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for choosing my photograph as the winner.

    December 2022
  • Jeremiah OC Jahi

    Wonderful experience. Festival really value photographers

    December 2022
  • Silvia Husek

    I am extremelly honored to participate in this festival and it was really a great surprise to be choosen as the winner among such amazing portraits! Thanks for the oportunity!

    January 2022
  • Honored to have two of my portraits selected for this festival.

    December 2021
  • Viet Van Tran

    Many thanks for jury selected my work for festival. I was happy and hope have a chance to apply the second photo contest next year. All best.

    December 2021