For the first time on the festival Odessa// Batumi Photo days a portfolio review will be held.

It is a unique opportunity for photographers to present their work for the professional photographic community, to hear a competent opinion and to be seen for further cooperation. Portfolio review is one of the steps to the international career and a need for personal, author’s development.

Portfolio review will be held on April 23, the start is at 11:00 am.

Each participant can apply up to 4 reviewers, duration of each talk – 20 minutes.

To take part you must:

  • Complete your profile
  • Select reviewers (maximum 5 people)
  • Prepare your portfolio qualitatively (1-3 series of your actual work)
  • Pay organizational fee – 50 UAH per one talk with one reviewer (it will cover organizational costs, coffee breaks, room rental, etc). Payment bank is Privat Bank (the card number will be sent in response to your application). Your application will be considered as successful only after your payment.

Application acceptance is finished after completing all the groups of each of the reviewers.

balcus_Arnis1/ Arnis Balcus // Riga, Latvia

Arnis Balcus is a photographer, editor in chief of FK Magazine and also the director of Riga Photomonth festival in Latvia.

Has participated as an expert at portfolio reviews in Kaunas, Derby, Madrid, St.Petersburg and Landskrona festivals and events, as well as nominating and evaluating entries for photo contests such as Prix Pictet, First Photobook Prize, Saatchi Selfie and Google Photography Prize.

Also teaches documentary photography at ISSP School and Riga Stradins University. In most of his photographic work he examines Latvian identity, historical taboos and social-political agendas. Has had exhibitions in UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and elsewhere. Recently has published a photobook “Victory Park”.

Tomas Halasz BW2/ Tomáš Halász //Bratislava, Slovakiaeditor in chief of MONO online magazine, photojournalist from Slovakia specialized in NGO photography.

He worked for a number of media outlets, including the Czech press Agency, ČTK, the daily Pravda and the News Agency of the Slovak Republic, TASR. He has been a freelance photographer since 2010.

He is a co-founder and photoeditor at non-profit online magazine

He has been several times awarded at Czech Press Photo Award, Slovak Press Photo Award,  and Photo of the Year Slovakia.

In 2014 was chosen to participate masterclass mentoring program in Milan by agency VII. He is Nikon ambassador in Slovakia

Kevin Lee3/ Kevin WY LEE // Singapure 

Kevin Lee is a photographer and creative director in Singapore. In 2010 Kevin founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) – a platform for photographers and artists in Asia, which became the most powerful photographic information resource in Asia.

Kevin worked as a curator and jury of various festivals and programs, including Angkor photo festival (Cambodia), WMA with the masters award (Hong Kong), Belfast photo festival (UK), the Prix Pictet prize, Biennale PhotoQuai (France), Hong Kong photobook awards, Feature shoot emerging photography awards (USA) and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (Malaysia) and others.

014/ Guram Tsibakhashvili // Tbilisi, Georgia

Was born 1960 in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

In 1982 he graduated from Tbilisi State University. 1990-1994 he taught theory of photography at the Tbilisi State University. Since 1988 he has been working for Georgian newspapers and magazines as a photographer. In 2000 he co-founded the Caucasian Center for Cultural Development and in 2007 the Tbilisi Photographer House. In 2007 he was chief editor of FOTO Amarta magazine.


025/ Hercules Papaioannou//Thessaloniki, Greece

Curator, director at Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

He studied physics at Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, photography at New York University (MA) and culminated his PhD in photography at the School of Journalism and Mass Media, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

He has worked for the International Thessaloniki Photography Festival Photosynkyria from 1993-2006 and has been appointed its artistic director in 2006. Has been working as a curator at Thessaloniki Museum of Photography since 2000 and has been appointed its director in 2016. Has been co-editor of the photographic e-magazine

Знімок екрана 2017-02-18 о 18.15.266/ Erja Salo & Anni Wallenius// Helsinki, Finland.

Erja Salo is the Head of Education and Public Programs in The Finnish Museum of Photography and responsible for the development and delivery of wide range of learning, interpretation and audience development programmes for and with a diverse audience across the city of Helsinki and nationally.




03Anni Wallenius works as Chief Curator of Collections at The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland.




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7/ Martyna Wyrzykowska //Warsaw, Poland

Martyna is a graphic designer.

Interested in design as a form of communication, focusing on research and visual storytelling, with a strong interest in book design.

She had provided numerous educational programs and workshops on photo books with Paper Beats Rock foundation she had co-founded, and currently works in Azimuth Press art education collective.

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