KAUNAS PHOTO festival (Lithuania, since 2004) has been a festival of premières for future stars of contemporary photography. Being a part of Photo Festival Union and Festivals Of Light Organisation, 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.
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 competition, the success of which surpassed expectations. 50 pre-selected photographers from 30 countries were to take part in two-day portfolio reviews, meeting 15 experts of photography from 9 countries. The KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2010 winner Eric LUSITO (France) will have his solo exhibition “After The Wall” produced by KAUNAS PHOTO festival and opened at KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY gallery during KAUNAS PHOTO 2011 official opening on August 23, 2011.
KAUNAS PHOTO STAR is back again in 2011, calling photographers regardless of their age, nationality, themes and styles of photography. KAUNAS PHOTO STAR starts with entries of works by email, followed by preselection and portfolio reviews of works of 60 finalists who will meet 20 leading curators, publishers, dealers of photography from Lithuania, Baltic, Nordic and other European countries on August 25-26, 2011 in Kaunas. The winner of portfolio reviews will be invited to hold an exclussive solo exhibition at the incredible KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY during KAUNAS PHOTO 2012.
KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY, situated in the heart of medieval Kaunas Old Town, is a modern well-equipped gallery of 200 m2, renovated in 2010. The gallery is one of the largest and most important art exhibition places in Lithuania and Baltic States, dedicated to photography and contemporary art. Since its re-opening in 2010, the gallery has hosted exhibitions of works by Aleksandras Macijauskas, Martin Parr, Russian modernists of 1920s and 1930s and other world-class exhibitions. Nonetheless, KAUNAS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY remains committed to bring spotlight on work by yet undiscovered talents.