What is the theme?

The theme of this third edition is Surrealist Belgium. Interested parties are free to send us their own interpretation of Belgium in one snapshot. This could be taken within our beautiful country or from abroad: the choice is yours, as long as the Belgian dimension is represented in a surrealist, attractive, and positive light.

Ambiance, the black-yellow-red colours, gastronomy, architecture, folklore, cultural heritage, fashion. All with a little surrealist touch... Anything goes!

Who is organising the contest?

The contest is organised by FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Rue des Petits Carmes 15, 1000 Brussels - referred to hereafter as "Foreign Affairs"), more specifically by the Foreign Affairs Press and Communication Directorate.

By participating, participants confirm that they accept all the rules and decisions relating to this photography contest.

No telephone calls or correspondence will be entered into on the subject of the rules. Foreign Affairs may make modifications to the regulations at any time by means of a notification on their website.

Who can take part?

The contest is open to all natural persons over the age of 18, regardless of their nationality or place of domicile (Belgium or abroad).

How can you take part?

Participation in this contest is free of charge. You can submit your photo between 25 June and 15 August 2020.

Only colour, digital photos in of the following file types are accepted: jpg, jpeg and png. Photos must be sent in their original format, which must not exceed 8MB, and without date or inscription. Each participant may submit a maximum of one photo by e-mail, together with the following information: title, date, location and author.

Composition of the jury

The jury will be composed of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

Assessment procedure

Foreign Affairs will make a pre-selection from the photos submitted; this pre-selection will then be presented to the jury.

The jury will choose the 20 best photos from this pre-selection, and from these, the winning photo that will be awarded the jury prize.

The jury's decision will be considered final; there is no possibility of appeal and no correspondence of any kind will be entered into. During its assessment, the jury will pay particular attention to the following elements: the originality of the photo, its quality and the link to the theme "Belgium, land of surrealism".

The 20 best photos will also be presented to the public on Facebook. The photo that receives the most "Likes" will win the public prize.

The contestants whose photos have been selected from among the 20 best photos, including the winners of the jury prize and the public prize, will be personally informed of the result by Foreign Affairs.

The winners will be announced at the end of September 2020.

Rights and publication

The participant guarantees Foreign Affairs that they have all the rights attached to the photograph that they submit, and that they have personally taken the photograph, of which they are the sole author. Where applicable, they guarantee that they have obtained the permission of the persons photographed and/or the owners of the objects or property photographed, both for taking the photograph and for participation in the contest.

The participant grants Foreign Affairs the right to reproduce and use the submitted photograph free of charge in any communication to the public organised by and concerning Foreign Affairs, both during and after the contest. The photos submitted may also be used by the FPS Chancery (Directorate of Communication), the main partner of Foreign Affairs, both during and after the contest.

The fact that these rights are transferred is a condition of participation in the contest. 

What prize can you win?

Participants whose photo is selected as one of the 20 best photos

The participants whose photo is selected from among the 20 best photos will receive a package containing exclusive gifts from Foreign Affairs.

Jury prize

The winner of the jury prize will win a gift voucher worth €250, which can be used in a concept store selling 100% Belgian products.

Public prize

The winner of the public prize will win a gift voucher worth €250, which can be used in a concept store selling 100% Belgian products.

How to contact us?

If you encounter problems when sending your photo or if you have any other questions about the contest, please contact us by email at Don't forget to mention "Focus on Belgium photo contest 2020" in the subject line.

There will be no correspondence and no discussion regarding the rules, organisation and/or results of the contest.


By participating in the contest, participants accept all the rules, as well as any modification or decision that the organisers have to make due to unforeseen circumstances.

The photos and materials submitted will not be returned and will become the property of Foreign Affairs.

Photos that are offensive or show people who have not authorised publication will not be accepted. Photos of a commercial or discriminatory nature will also not be accepted. This list is not exhaustive. A refusal to accept photos will not be subject to appeal, does not require an explanation and will not be the subject of correspondence.

In the event of publication, Foreign Affairs cannot be held liable for any claims or complaints from people appearing in the photos. This liability is assumed by the participant.

Any attempted fraud will be punished by the immediate exclusion of the participant.

By simply participating, each participant automatically and irrevocably authorises the publication of their name and photo, as well as their identification as a participant in the contest, and they waive any rights in this respect.

The organisers reserve the right to modify, postpone, shorten or cancel the contest or part of the contest if circumstances so require. Foreign Affairs cannot be held liable for the modification or cancellation of the photo contest following a case of force majeure.

Protection of privacy


Aware of the importance of ensuring data confidentiality, the FPS Foreign Affairs is strongly committed to the protection of personal data.

As such, the purpose of this data protection notice is to inform you about the commitments and measures taken to ensure the protection of your personal data.

Collected data

We take care to collect only data that is strictly necessary for the purpose of the processing carried out.

Purposes of the collection

The processing operations are carried out for explicit, legitimate and specified purposes.

Your data is processed for the following purposes: The photo contest "Focus on Belgium".

These purposes have been brought to the attention of the Data Protection Officer of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

Information for users

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the FPS Foreign Affairs informs you about the processing of personal data it carries out. Consequently, the FPS Foreign Affairs informs you:

  • of the identity of the controller: The Press and Communication Directorate of the FPS Foreign Affairs, 15 rue des Petits Carmes, 1000 Brussels
  • of the purpose pursued by the processing operation for which the data are intended. Personal data (surname, first name and e-mail address) are kept by the FPS in order to contact the winners of the contest.
  • of the mandatory nature of the mandatory answers, and of the possible consequences of a failure to reply.
  • of your rights of access, query, modification and rectification of the information concerning you, of your right to object on legitimate grounds, of the duration of retention of the categories of data processed.

Data recipients

The recipients of your personal data are the relevant services of the FPS Foreign Affairs. These are the following service(s):

The Press and Communication Directorate of the FPS Foreign Affairs is the data controller.



Photo contest regulations