The idea for the Kayak Festival Photo originated from a group of sea kayak, photography, nature and protection of birds and marine mammals’ enthusiasts. The first edition of the Kayak Festival Photo will occur in the summer of 2020, in and around the Paimpol area in Brittany, France. Google Earth
Starting at the end of the 70s and driven by a group of pioneers, the port town of Paimpol became one of the most popular sea kayak centers in France and Europe. Starting in 1981, expeditions are organized towards Yugoslavia, then Ireland, Scotland and Canada… all the way to the Cap Horn in 1995. The Kayak Festival Photo will be held in a hotspot for sea kayak featuring 350km of coast and 24 islands.
Before and during the whole Festival and together with partners, events related to kayaking will be scheduled: kayak outings, conferences, films, educational projects, exhibits and artistic expos, workshops…
The expos, primarily outdoors, will represent around 200 large format photos. Additionally, about 50 photos will be exposed indoors. Through portraits, landscapes/seascapes, marine flora and wildlife, … from different points of view worldwide, the Kayak Festival Photo will allow the many visitors to travel with minimal carbon footprint, to dream and discover… It will also be an opportunity to get interested in the history as well as today’s subjects and environmental issues.
The application to expose is open to all photographers (pros and amateurs) with no limit of age nor nationality. Only one requirement: all photos must have been taken on the sea (or sea mouths) from a kayak* or include parts of or a whole kayak. Within this requirement, all themes are free. However, in each festival, a section will be dedicated to other kayaking practices.
* Any boat driven by a paddle: canoe, kayak, va’a, surf ski, wave ski, dragon boat, stand up paddle, …
If you are interested in participating, here is a link to download the call to exhibit:
If you also know others (either locally or worldwide) that would be interested in this project, don’t hesitate to forward them this information!