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Now you can show the world what it’s like to live in Budapest

Photo : Attila Polyák / We Love Budapest

A new project is encouraging foreigners to get their creative juices flowing and capture what it’s like to live in the Hungarian capital. ‘Lost and Found in Budapest’ is a verbal and visual storytelling competition open to non-Hungarian citizens aged between 18-35. Entries must be submitted by 28 November and should be in the form of a photograph or an English-language essay.

Do you work or study in Budapest? Do you want to share with the world snippets of your life here? If the answers are yes and yes, then you can turn your passion into profit by joining an ongoing contest, organised by the Department of Media Communication at the Eötvös Loránd University and the Open Society Foundations, an international bursary network.

Photo: Lost and Found in Budapest

The initiative Lost and Found in Budapest targets non-Hungarian citizens aged between 18 and 35 living in the city. Contestants are asked to share inspiring stories of their Budapest life, then choose a storytelling tool, either an English-language essay not longer than 1,000 words or a collection of maximum ten photographs.

Photo: Attila Polyák / We Love Budapest

Applications will be assessed by a jury of three, including photographer Éva Szombat, art historian Kata Oltai and Péter Szűcs, founder of, an online travel magazine. The most successful candidate will receive a Polaroid camera as the first prize, other winning applications will be given Hungarian design items. The best works will also be showcased at the award ceremony and party in December.


For more details, check the Lost and Found in Budapest website, where you can also submit your application.