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2023 Pelt Flags
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS

Lens op de Mens International Photo Festival Pelt, Belgium.

4th June to 1st October 2023. The Photo Festival is supported by the RPS Benelux Chapter


The Opening on 4th June was a tremendous success. The Award winners in Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honourable Mentions in Professional and Amateur categories were announced and The Opening was well attended. The Organisers of the photo festival had live music playing and everyone was welcomed into the large theatre at CC Palethe, in the Zinnezaal.


The Awards were all presented and those in attendance could go up on stage to receive a large print of their photo and a certificate. Afterwards some drinks were available and people could mingle and talk and listen to more music being played.

2023 Pelt Bronze Amateur 2021 Janet Haines ARPS
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS
2023 Pelt Humour Large
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS

Martin Parr HonFRPS has photos on the walls inside the Foyer of CC Palethe for you to admire. He will be giving a Lecture on his photography on Saturday 23rd September, pre- booking tickets is available through the site.

2023 Pelt RPS Jury Carol Olerud FRPS
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS
2023 Pelt Humour Awards
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS

The Benelux Chapter has it’s Spring Challenge, with photos on the theme, “Daily Life of Us” hanging on the wall of the old cemetery, right next to CC Palethe, at POI 31. It is our Members Print Exposition and we have 23 photos there. We are proud to be supporters of this amazing International Photo Festival, this year with the sub-theme of ‘Humour’.

2023 Pelt RPS Wall 1
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS
2023 Pelt RPS Wall 2
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS

Over 1,000 photos can be seen on the streets of Pelt, in the Church, on walls, on special posts, in the Vakschool (Old TIO site) a route of nearly 3km and is easily accessible. Also of course inside CC Palethe. You can get a booklet with information and the route there. There are other workshops, presentations, portfolio reviews, photo searches and a panel discussion on AI, organised throughout the summer. See programme.

2023 Pelt Gold Winner Profs
CREDIT: Carol Olerud FRPS

This is the fourth time the photo festival is held, once every two years. The RPS Benelux Chapter has been involved now for the last two years. We provide a jury member and this year we have organised a Mindful Photography Workshop with Diana Bokje, on Sunday 24th September. The workshop is open for everyone, you can register and make your payment in advance. See info in the programme or at the Benelux Chapter pages at under International at the About section.


The RPS Benelux Chapter has around 40 members from Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Denmark and Sweden. Also, people from the UK attend our Zoom meetings held every two months, the alternating months we have a physical meet up in Rotterdam. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please contact the Chapter Organiser: Carol Olerud FRPS at

Photos © Carol Olerud FRPS

For the full programme in Pelt:

Address: CC Palethe, Jeugdlaan 2, 3900 Pelt, Belgium

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