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Here is a collection of questions and answers related to applying:

Q: What are the accepted image file formats?


Q: What is the maximum file size?

A: 1 MB

Q: What is the optimal image picture size for application?

A: Screen resolution only. Maximum 800 pixels width and height. Resolution 72 dpi.

Q: Why pictures are so small?

A: There are lots of pictures and applications from artists, storing them takes lots of hard drive space and downloading them with good resolution takes lots of time from reviewers. If the project gets accepted we will ask for PR quality images later on.

Q: What is a summary in the project description?

A: A summary is a short description of your work. It should convey what is most important about your project.

Q: Are you looking for documentary projects only?

A: No, we are looking for projects around and about the festivals theme, that is our only criteria. We welcome both documentary and contemporary art photography and we´re open to  new approaches with the medium.

Q: Do I need to have the project ready now?

A: Not necessarily. The project can still be in process, but you must be able to fill the application as required and have the works ready for shipment or printing on location as agreed.

Q: Why is the application process already over a year before the actual event?

A: With this schedule we aim to secure sufficent funding for the production, possible shipping and the artists travels from different supporters and possible sponsors. We wish to present new and fresh works  and with the long time frame we enable the artists to propose projects still in process and to give them time to finish their project for the festival.  

Q: As a Finnish artist/artist based in Finland, can I apply to just one of the exhibitions: a) Only for Backlight Photo Festival in Finland or b) only for the Independence Through the Lenses? Or c) am I automatically applying for the both?

A: This is up to you -you can apply to both or just to one of the mentioned options. The time for the Backlight Photo Festival is already fixed, where as the dates and locations for the Independence Through the Lenses are not yet all confirmed. Participation for the "ITtL" most likely requires in-between storage time between the exhibition spaces, so it is important to inform us when your works will be available for this. Not all the works go to same locations as the space sizes vary.

Also in case, if your works have already been shown in the Backlight Photo Festival in its previous events, you are still welcome to offer them for the Independence Through the Lenses, if you find them fitting the events theme.

Q: Why is the Majaoja Prize in Backlight ´17 only given for the Finnish artists?

A: Majaoja is a private Finnish foundation supporting various fields of Finnish art and culture. The foundation has decided especially to focus on supporting photography in the year 2017. As Finland will celebrate the hundred years of independence, this award is there fore also profiled to support Finnish artists with their careers and throughout them to further promote Finland and its art and culture.

Q: Should I receive a confirmation email, when my application is sent?

A: Not automatically. After you ensure that the application is complete and ready for reviewing and press "save" the application will be saved on the server. If you send us email  concerning your project submission, please refer to the project title - that will help us to find the right work.

Q: I registered as a new user, but I have not received an email with the link to proceed. What am I doing wrong?

A: At first check your “junk mail”. If there is no email from the server either, please use contact form to inform us.