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Open photo competition «Photomania-2017» within the framework of the International festival of professional and amateur photo art «The Baltic Photo Biennale»

The organizing committee of the photo festival announces the beginning of art works collecting for participation in the international open competition "Photomania-2017". Professional photographers, amateur photographers and artistic associations are welcomed to take part in the contest. Competition exhibition will become a central part of the festival "The Baltic Photo Biennale" in May 2017.


The contest categories:

«Who am I?»;

«Free topic».

There are no limitations as per photo styles or techniques.

Digital copies of artworks should be provided: before April 20, 2017.


Two prize winners will be determined according to the results of the competition:

«Who am I?!»: 20 000 RUR or this sum equivalent in USD/EUR;

Free topic: 20 000 RUR or this sum equivalent in USD/EUR;


Additional prizes and certificates from our sponsors will be presented to honor the best artworks as per categories:

  • monochromatic photography;
  • colour composition;
  • hand-printing technique;
  • experimental photography;
  • Kaliningrad regional photography.

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«The Baltic Photo Biennale» is a festival combining an open international competition-exhibition «Photomania-2017» and non-competitive photo projects by authors and curators. This year «The Baltic Photo Biennale» festival will be held for the 8th time.

Its opening will take place on May, 25 at the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.


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Escape / Daniel Tkachenko / Russia, Moscow

17 Apr 2015 Escape / Daniel Tkachenko / Russia, Moscow

Escape / Daniel Tkachenko / Russia, Moscow

Opening April 17, 2015

Art Platform "Gateway" / Kaliningrad, Litovskiy Val Street, 61


I was traveling in search for people who have decided to escape from social life and live all alone in the wild nature, far away from any villages, towns or other people. The main characters of my project violate social standards for different reasons. By a complete withdrawal from society they go to live alone in the wild nature, gradually dissolving in it and losing their social identity. While exploring their experience, it is important for me to understand if one is able to break free from social dependence and get away from the public to the subjective - and thus, to make a step towards oneself. I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: is it at all reachable, when you’re surrounded by social framework all the time? School, work, family - once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position, and have to do what you're supposed to. You should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How to remain yourself in the midst of this? I grew up in the heart of the big city, but I’ve always been drawn to wildlife - for me it's a place where I can hide and feel the real me, my true self, out of the social context.




Danila Tkachenko is a visual artist working with documentary photography.

Selected exhibitions

2015 “The Powers That Be”. Station Independent Projects, New York, USA (17 July – 9 August)
2015 “Gimme Shelter - forts and fictions in the Lowlands”. Fort Nieuwersluis, Netherlands (31 May – 20 September)
2015 Lensculture Award exhibition at Photo London. Somerset House, London, UK (21-24 May)
2015 “The Photography Show”. The NEC, Birmingham, UK (21-24 March)
2015 “I Sought Solitude”. South Square Centre, Bradford, UK
2015 “Gimme Shelter - fortresses and fictions in the Lowlands”. Utrecht, Netherlands
2014 "An Ocean of Possibilities". Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede, Netherlands
2014 “OFF_Festival”. Pisztory Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia
2014 Solo exhibition “Danila Tkachenko. Escape”, in the framework of 6th European Month of Photography. 25books, Berlin, Germany
2014 VIII exhibition of the Kandinsky Prize nominees. Udarnik cinema, Moscow, Russia
2014  “Solitude”, in the framework of 21st Noorderlicht International Photo Festival. Natuurmuseum Fryslân, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2014 "Twelve Thinking Photographers", parallel event of Manifesta 10. First Cadets’ Corpus, St-Petersburg, Russia
2013 "Die Brücke / Most" festival. Slubice, Poland / Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
2013 "On the block". New Holland cultural center, St-Petersburg, Russia
2012 “Young Russian photography 2012 2/2. Reality/Decoration”. Center for Art and Music and Library V.V. Mayakovsky, St-Petersburg, Russia
2011 "Young photograph", Fotodepartament, Sankt-Petersburg, Russia


2015 LensCulture Exposure Awards (Winner 1st place Series)
2015 Sony World Photography Awards (Shortlist)
2015 30 under 30, Magnum photos (Winner)
2015 Photobook Melbourne Image Award, Australia (Finalist)
2014 Voies Off, France (Short list / Selections)
2014 PHOTOVISA, Russia (Photoseries, 2nd prize)
2014 Organ Vida, Croatia (Finalist)
2014 Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Germany (Newcomer shortlist)
2014 PDN Photo Annual, USA (Student Work, Winner)
2014 World Press Photo, Netherlands (Staged Portraits, 1st prize stories)
2014 30 Under 30, Magnum photos (Shortlist)
2012 Silver camera, Russia (Faces, Special prize)
2011 Young man in the 21st century, Lithuania (Special prize)


2011-2014 Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, department of documentary photography (supervisor Valeriy Nistratov). Moscow, Russia
2013 Workshop with Davide Monteleone. Moscow, Russia
2012 Workshop "How to turn your project into a great photobook" (Hannes Wanderer, Peperoni Books). Moscow, Russia
2012 Workshop “From history in pictures to multimedia presentation” (Bas Vroege, Paradox photography). Moscow, Russia
2009-10 School of photojournalism "News". Moscow, Russia

Selected publications

The Washington Post, 4 March 2015
Fotografia Magazine, 16 February 2015
British Journal of Photography, 7 January 2015
CNN Photo Blog (USA), 17 November 2014
SPIEGEL ONLINE (Germany), 13 October 2014
Hatje Cantz fotoblog (Germany), 6 October 2014
Vrij Nederland (Netherlands), 06 August 2014
Коммерсант.ru Weekend (Russia), 16 May 2014
La Mula (Peru), 28 April 2014
Oitzarisme (Romania), 17 March 2014
Darwin Magazine (UK), 15 March 2014 (Russia), 20 February 2014


Organizers and Partners 2015








About the project

International festival 

 “The Baltic Photo Biennale. Photomania.”

The largest regional project «International festival “The Baltic Photo Biennale Photomania” takes place every two years in Kaliningrad Area starting from 2003. The unique festival idea is to unite professional and amateur photo artwithin one wide scale project.  Contest exhibition and out-of-competition festival projects, workshops and lectures on the photo arthistory are combined into different festival events that spread over main exhibition spots of Kaliningrad during a month.

The international competition is open for both professional and amateur photographers and the winners are awarded by competent jury from different countries.

A wide range of genres and styles are presented including archives, retrospective and modern art photography. You can find here many authors from Russia, Baltic Sea region and other European countries. There are educational cycles within the frameworks of the festival also where famous masters give their lectures and workshops for beginners, curators and photo editors organize portfolio reviews.

Catalogue 2013