KAUNAS PHOTO festival has been a festival of premières for future stars of photography since its launch in 2004. The festival is organized every year in September in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. The longest-running photographic festival in the Baltic states is a platform for dialogue around contemporary photographic creation between North and South, East and West.
In the time of infinity of pictures taken every minute, KAUNAS PHOTO festival is constantly looking for great photographers, those, whom we could call new stars of photography.
It was a wonderful week for me. You offered me a great show in a wonderful place that any photographer would dream to have, and the exhibition was openned by the Minister of Culture of Lithuania, an important recognition for my work. I discovered the good work of other photographers and meet great people. The exhibitions were all different but interesting. In this festival I feel the passion for photography, pure and untouched. Just hope it will continue and it will become a legend.
Eric Lusito (France) KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2010 Winner
In 2010, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, founder and director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival, and Gintaras Česonis, director of KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY, launched KAUNAS PHOTO STAR, a portfolio review event and competition, the success of which surpassed expectations. In 2011 the geographic variety of participants showed growth, same as the number of reviewers and pre-selected photographers.
The winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2010, Eric LUSITO (France) has had his award - a solo exhibition “After The Wall” produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival 2011 at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY gallery, and the winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2011, Luca Zanier (Switzerland) will open his exhibition at this gallery as the launching exhibition of the festival on September 4, 2012.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR is back again in 2012, calling photographers regardless of their age, nationality, country of residence, themes and styles of photography.
This year KAUNAS PHOTO STAR portfolio review project has expanded, adding an initial on-line portfolio reviews stage, which will be a valuable tool to expose the works of photographers to experts of photography from 5 continents.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2012 is much more than just a portfolio review or a competition...
20 reviewers in face-to-face personal reviews facing the finalist's works in Kaunas on September 6 and 7, 2012;
A portfolio walk, enabling photographers to meet all reviewers;
A "KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Photographers' Night" on September 7, 2012 with every finalist presenting his / her work to the audience, culminated by the announcement of the Winner and the Runners-up;
One Winner receiving an invitation for a solo exhibition at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY in 2013 with expenses paid by KAUNAS PHOTO festival
A number or Runners-up - receiving invitations for solo exhibitions to 5 museum / gallery spaces of Europe;
4 Top Finalists receiving 2 memory cards SanDisk Extreme Pro CF 64GB (value of 520 EUR per card) and 2 memory cards SanDisk Extreme Pro CF 32GB (value of 260 EUR per card) from ACME Europe.
Winner's Exhibition for 2013 being produced by EPSON;
Every participant benefitting from possibilities of exchange, meetings with experts, colleagues and members of the international image communtiy, visiting exhibitions of KAUNAS PHOTO festival
Photographers are invited to enter their works until August 20, 2012