Bird in Flight Prize ¦
¬ international ¤ award for innovative approach to telling a story through a phÞtograph

Submission closed

The concept of the Bird in Flight Prize is to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards. Our contest is not about photoprojects that cater to the existing general demand. It’s about discovering new ways to tell a story using the means and tools of photography. We encourage artistic freedom and diversity therefore we don’t impose time constraints upon our participants. We do not limit them in their choices of subjects and creativity methods. We also allow image editing as well as the usage of other images [as long as the copyrights are being observed].

The jury of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 include photographers, artists, curators and photo editors from Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich and Chiang Mai.

The shortlisted projects will be published on the Bird in Flight site and showcased at the exhibition at the Set art space located in Kyiv [Yaroslaviv Val Street, 14A] in October 2019.

First prize is €2000

The jury will select one winner out of the ten participating photographers from the shortlist.

Nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award

This nomination will consist of 30 photoseries selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. A winner will be chosen by open voting through the contest website.

The prize is a Panasonic Lumix GX9 camera.

Portfolio review

Fifteen participants will receive a rare opportunity to get in-depth reviews of their work by the jury board members Antoine d’Agata, Ola Lanko, Dmitry Kostyukov, Salvatore Vitale or Vlad Sokhin.



Antoine d’Agata photographer, artist [Paris]


Salvatore Vitale artist, editor-in-chief of YET magazine [Zurich]


Ola Lanko artist, photographer [Amsterdam]


Dmitry Kostyukov photographer [Paris]


Vlad Sokhin photographer [Chiang Mai]


Emilia van Lynden member of the Unseen Advisory Committee [Amsterdam] Photo: Sophie Wright

pre-selection board

Olga Osipova
Bird in Flight photo editor

Alina Sanduliak
Bird in Flight photo school curator

Mariia Vtorushina
Set art space curator

Mariia Lanko
curator, co-founder of The Naked Room gallery

Kateryna Radchenko
Odesa Photo Days festival director

Participation requirements

  • We only accept photoseries of 5-12 photographs. If needed, authors may choose to Upload any other media file [not to exceed 200 megabytes combined].
  • Photographers from all over the world are welcome to participate.
  • All are welcome to apply more than once or as many times as you’d like.
  • Technical requirements: we accept images of up to 5 megabytes in size, formatted as .jpg or .png24.
  • Photos, collages and all other images must be copyrighted by the applicant [or a copyright should be duly acquired in a legal manner].
  • Application fee is 15 euros.
  • Submission for the portfolio review selection costs extra 5 euros.
  • To apply, please sign up and fill out the form.


12 August 2019

deadline for applications

September 2019

shortlist announcement and its publication on Bird in Flight

11 October 2019

winners announcement and award ceremony

October 2019

Exhibition of the shortlisted projects at the Set art space in Kyiv


The winners will be announced and the award ceremony will be held on the 11th of October, 2019, in Kyiv at the set art space [Yaroslaviv Val Street, 14A], on the first day of the shortlist exhibtion.

Lectures and a portfolio review featuring jury members Antoine d’Agata, Ola Lanko, Dmitry Kostyukov, Salvatore Vitale, and Vlad Sokhin are also on the roster.


The exhibition of the finalists will take place at the Set art space.

Partner of the Special award is Panasonic.


  • The rules state that the choice of theme is unrestricted. Does this imply an absolute thematic freedom?

    Yes. The goal of the award is not just to highlight a certain topic of your choice. First and foremost, the jury will be focusing on the form which a photographer utilizes to emphasize the content.
  • According to what principles will the judges evaluate the pieces?

    According to the principles of their personal choosing.
  • Is it okay for a participant to apply morethan once, with various photoseries?

    Absolutely. There will be a fee of 15 euros for each application.
  • Is it necessary to watermark the photos?

    No. Published pieces will have proper footnotes.
  • How will the authors be informed about making it to the shortlist?

    Official letter will be mailed to the email given by the applicant on the initial application. Also, an informational roster about the finalists and winners will be posted on the website and the Facebook page of Bird in Flight.
  • Who will take part in the portfolio review?

    Fifteen Applicants whose projects will be selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight.
  • Which pieces will be displayed at the exhibition?

    Select pieces of the finalists, handpicked by the editorial board of Bird in Flight.
  • I still have questions. Who should I contact?

    Feel free to email any questions about the contest to

Bird in Flight Prize ‘18

The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘18 is Valentine Bo with “Your next step would be to do the Transmission” project.

you may check the shortlist of the last year on Bird In Flight website.

The shortlisted pieces were also showcased at the exhibition which takes place 1-4 November at the Photo Kyiv art fair, located in kyiv at Chicago Central House.