The 8th festival "Baltic Biennale of Photography" starts working on May 25. The program of the festival includes: a competitive exhibition "Photomania 2017" and festival projects, artist talk with authors and curators of projects.

Prize and diploma winners of the "Photomania 2017" contest will be announced during the festival opening.

The grand opening will take place at 6 pm on May 25 at the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.



  • The big game
    Yulia Abzaltdinova
    From May 25


  • Among the Ruins

Ikuru Kuvadzima

From May 25

  • Small wolves: post-war history.

Klaudi Heinermann

9.06 – 15.07


  • Animal stories.

Animalier photo art. Lithuania.



  • Schwarzwald - transfer.

Group project of German photographers



  • Portrait of Kražiai
  • Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
  • 25.05-16.06


  • Rain child.

Vetre Antanaviciute.



  • Photomania 2017


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Competitive Exhibition / List of participants

Congratulations to all who passed competitive selection!
Thank you to all who participated in the contest!

Abzaltdinova Julia. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Andrianova Nataliya. Russian Federation, Moscow
Boldyreva Yannina. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Borkin Vadim. Russia, Kaliningrad region, Bright
Borsuchenko Irina. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Brazhnikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Bulatova Svetlana. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Chingaev Yaroslav. Russian Federation, Moscow
Com Egveniy. Russian Federation, Evpatoria
Dikaneva Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Feoktistov Dmitry. Russian Federation, Omsk
Gailit Aleksey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Isaenkov Alexander. Russian Federation, Moscow
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Ivanov  Evgeniy. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Ivanova Aleksandra. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Jabi Ehtiram. Azerbaijan, Baku
Karpov Andrey. Russian Federation, Novouznetsk
Keylina Marina. Russian Federation, Kinel
Kiseleva Alina. The Russian Federation, Magnitogorsk
Korobka Arkadiy. Russian Federation, Krasnodar Territory, Leningradskaya stanitsa
Kovyak Sergey. Russian Federation, Tula region, Novomoskovsk
Kozlov Sergey. Russian Federation, Penza
Krupitsa Maria. Belarus, Minsk
Kudasheva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Lukutov Ivan. Russian Federation,  Pos. Golubevo
Makoveeva Svetlana. Russian Federation, Samara
Mikhailova Raisa. Russian Federation, Moscow
Morgunov Denis. Russian Federation, Tyumen
Moysyuk Alexandr. Russian Federation , Surgut
Nevar Vitaly. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Nizaeva Adel. Russian Federation,  Ufa
Nurgaliev Ruslan. Russian Federation, Saratov
Onischenko Vyacheslav. Ukraine, Odessa
Orlov Alexey. Russian Federation, Yoshkar-Ola
Palchik Vladimir. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Pesterev Sergey. Russian Federation, Moscow region., Pos. Mendeleevo
Platon Pavel. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Pritisk Yuri. Russian Federation, Novocheboksarsk
Ramazanov Nikolay. Russian Federation, Kursk
Romanenko Andrey. Russia, Moscow region, Pushkino
Rudik Stepan. Poland, Warsaw
Rutoed Robert. Austria, Vienna
Sadykov_Farhad. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Sarychev Maxim. Belarus, Minsk
Sergeeva Alena. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Shapran Andrey. Russian Federation, Moscow
Shulgevich Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Sidorova Ksenia. Russian Federation, Moscow
Strygina Evgeniya. Russian Federation, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Syrchikova Kristina. Russian Federation, Samara
Tarasova Svetlana. Russian Federation, Kaluga
Titovich Pavel. Russian Federation, Belgorod
Tkacheva Tatyana. Belarus, Minsk
Tsatsura Anastasia. Russian Federation, Kaliningrad
Tsider Anastasia. Russian Federation, Saint-Petersburg
Unitsyn Anton. Russia, Novosibirsk
Vadim Kachan. Belarus, Minsk
Valaseviciene Kristina. Lithuania, Kaunas distr., Domeikava
Veledzimovich Alexander. Belarus, Vitebsk
Veter Sergey. Russian Federation, Voronezh
Vodyanitsky Constantin. Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Vogmer Anna. Russian Federation, Ekaterinburg
Volkov Pavel. Russian Federation, Moscow
Yasnopolsky Nick. Russian Federation, Moscow
Zozulya Alexandr. Belarus, Mozyr

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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