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Welcome to our ninth edition of the PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Awards. Our traditional venue of previous years, the exhibition halls of Dresden’s Museum of Science and Technology which also hosts the vast collection of the city’s former Museum of Photography, will feature our finalist exhibition for the fifth time in 2024. Numerous solo exhibitions including a new solo show by the current artist in residence, and a number of public events complete our competition program. The winners will be announced at the vernissage on 29 August 2024 (1st prize: 5,000 EUR, 2nd prize: 2,000 EUR, 3rd prize: 1,000 EUR, residency prize: a scholarship at HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts).

Along the annual exhibition, a newly designed catalog will be published.


Louise Amelie · Ludovica Bastianini · Maureen Drennan · Anja Engelke · Katja Feldmeier · Nazanin Hafez · Natalia Kepesz · Frank Krems · Gerlinde Miesenböck · Huseyin Ovayolu · Laura Pannack · Lesha Pavlov · Louis Roth · Ina Schoenenburg · Xiaofu Wang · Amin Yousefi


Every year, catalogues with the works of all finalists are published by the Kunstagentur Dresden. Shipping is free worldwide.

Ute Behrend
Martin Mulik

Who we are

The PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Award was created in 2015. Our output so far: thirty exhibitions, stunning photo series by over four hundred international artists and tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

Martin Mulik

International Competition for Portrait Photography

»Surface«, »Counterparts«, »Togetherness«, »Change«, »Presence«, »Uncovered« and »Dignity«: these were the major thematic exhibitions that HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts organized together with Kunstagentur Dresden in recent years.