PBF Prize
Carte blanche

© Geneviève Gleize,  Dead Grocery,  2019.

© Geneviève Gleize, Dead Grocery, 2019.

The laureate of the PBF Prize 2019 is Geneviève Gleize and her project Dead Grocery.

As part of the 4th edition of PhotoBrussels Festival, PBF Prize is offering one photographer(s) and/or one curator a ‘carte blanche’ for an exhibition on the theme ‘Still Life’. The winner will be exhibited in the front space at Hangar (45 m²) throughout the festival period, from 15 November to 21 December 2019.


What is PBF Prize?

For the first time, PhotoBrussels Festival is planning to award the PBF Prize: a ‘carte blanche’ for a photographic exhibition (either solo or as a group) on the theme ‘Still life’. This is the opportunity for one or more photographers and/or one curator to have their work displayed and to showcase their project through an original scenography which will make the very most of the medium. 

The following points must be respected:

  • The project must be original and unpublished

  • The artist(s) must appropriate the space and propose a considered staging plan

  • The artist must explore the photographic medium in the broad sense

  • A (maximum) budget of 3000€ in production costs (paid by PBF04) must be respected


  • The chance to exhibit in a dedicated, unique space in the heart of Brussels 

  • The opportunity to benefit from the communication and high profile of PhotoBrussels Festival, which attracted 8000 visitors in 2018

  • A dedicated page in the festival catalogue/internet site and all the communication media associated with the Festival

  • A chance to meet the visitors to PBF04, including journalists and collectors

Members of the jury

The jury, made up of experts in photography and contemporary art, will select the winning project on the basis of the criteria set out above.

  • Hervé Charles – head of the Photography section at La Cambre, photographer.

  • Delphine Dumont – founder of PhotoBrussels Festival, director of the Hangar.

  • Diane Hennebert – managing director of Out of the box.

  • Stéphane Roy – coordinator of La Tour à Plomb, artist, curator.

  • Rodolphe de Spoelberch – founder of the Hangar, collector.

  • Patrick Vanbellingen – director of Michel Rein Brussels.

  • Christophe Veys – collector, exhibition curator, professor at ARTS².


20 May - 20 July 2019
Registrations are closed

Key dates

  • 20 July to 30 August 2019: selection of the 3 finalist projects by the members of the jury.

  • Early September: announcement of the 3 finalist projects on the website (the names of the three finalists will be mentioned in the exhibition).

  • 19 September: the finalists present their project to the Jury (Brussels).

  • 20 September: announcement of the winning project and signature of the agreement between the winner and PhotoBrussels Festival

  • 1 October to 30 October: production of the exhibition

  • 14 November: opening ceremony of Brussels Festival 04. 

Info and questions: prize@photobrusselsfestival.com