Photography contest

The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) joins the Jewish Museum of Belgium to celebrate the city of Brussels with a photography contest featuring pictures made in the city around a specific theme.

The Jewish Museum of Belgium

The Jewish Museum of Belgium is located in the historic district of Sablon and Mont-des-Arts. It is a space of tradition and openness that is accessible to all audiences, with the objective of promoting knowledge and understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture through time and space and highlighting its spiritual and material richness. The Museum wishes to encourage visitors, of all origins, to question the specificities, correspondences and reciprocal borrowings from the respective cultural heritages in order to combat all forms of intolerance…


Logo Jewish Museum of Belgium

Eyewitness in Brussels

The theme of this contest, Eyewitness in Brussels, is directly related to Leonard Freed’s photography. A retrospective of this street photographer, member of the Magnum Photo Agency, is presented at the Jewish Museum from October 2018 till March 2019. Freed witnessed key historical moments all over the world and immortalized them with his camera. As a street photographer, he walked around cities and captured moments of daily life. He attempted to denounce injustices, to underline the disorder of the world but also its beauty. This street photographer wanted to witness the society he was living in, its prejudices, inequalities, troubles. His testimony is not only an engaged message but also a reflection on issues that are still relevant today: minorities, LGBTI, civil wars, the role of the police.

With this contest, we would like to see what you are witnessing in Brussels, in the streets, in the heart of the capital, but also in its less-known neighborhoods. We want to see Brussels through your eyes. The capital of Europe has a very specific dynamic with powerful institutions circling the cozy city center with its small streets. However, this dynamic is changing due to the currents events. Brussels is home to 184 nationalities. It is the second largest international city in the world. Its inhabitants are facing various issues, such as raising inequalities in terms of salaries. The social and economic situation of Brussels’ inhabitants varies from one to another. As citizens of Brussels, or tourists loving this city, you certainly have stories to tell us. We want to see your testimonies, your perception of Brussels, a colorful city which is often still in disorder.


Pictures submitted should represent the theme of the contest in order to be considered. The interpretation of the theme is subject to each participant and we encourage creativity in order to better depict the theme.

The best pictures submitted will be printed and exhibited for a special occasion in the spaces of the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels. The exhibition opening will be on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and will run until Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The Museum Night Fever 2019 will happen on Saturday, February 24, 2019. Giving a unique exposure to the selected pictures for the exhibition.

Participation & Guidelines

  • – The participation is open to all public and levels.
  • – The participation to this contest requires a fee.
  • – Each participant can send from one to ten pictures.
  • – Participation is only valid using the provided form below.
  • – The person participating must have taken the pictures in the Brussels-Capital Region in order to be valid.
  • – The general approach of the pictures should be based on a Street Photography style, meaning preferably candid and in a public space.
  • – The theme of the contest is Eyewitness in Brussels.

Terms and conditions

Please carefully read the terms and conditions before registering.


5 EUR per picture submitted.

Picture submission

Participants can submit from one to ten pictures.

Deadline to submit: Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Pictures need to be in jpg/jpeg format, minimum 3000px in its widest side and must contain the full unmodified EXIF information in order to be valid for the contest. Finalists will be required to send a high resolution picture in due time. Please check your spam folder for notifications.


Registration: From Friday, October 5, 2018 until Sunday, January 20, 2019

Deadline: Sunday, January 13, 2019. In other words, the submission of the pictures has to be made before Monday, January 14.

Exhibition: From Thursday, February 21, 2019 until Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Rue des Minimes 21, 1000 Brussels

Exhibition opening: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 19:00

Museum Night Fever: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Selection & Jury

The selection of the finalists and the winners will be selected by a carefully composed jury. The jury is chosen by the BSPF and the Jewish Museum of Belgium in conjunction.

The jury:

  • Pauline Beugnies, photojournalist and documentary photographer [website]
  • Bram Penninckx, author of “Brussels en route” [website]
  • Zahava Seewald, curator in the Jewish Museum of Belgium
  • Charlotte Vandendwije, winner of the 2018 BSPF Brussels in motion contest [website]
  • Georges Vercheval, founder of the Photography Museum in Charleroi


First prize: 1000 EUR + Interview for the BSPF

The announcement of the winner will be on the exhibition itself. Attendance of the winner is not required to win the prize.

Venue & exhibition

The exhibition opening will take place in the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Rue des Minimes 21, 1000 Brussels, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 19:00.

The duration of the exhibition will be until Sunday, March 17, 2019 and will be in the same time frame as the Museum Night Fever on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Exhibited pictures will have the opportunity to be re-exhibited in other venues throughout the year, future exhibitions organized by the Jewish Museum of Belgium and in future editions of the BSPF.