Photo Festivals

All About Photo has selected the best photo festivals and photography events near you and around the world:
  September 21, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Unseen Photo Festival
The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New to this edition of Unseen Photo Fair is Unseen Festival, an extended festival programme in the city. From the 21st to the 23rd of September, Unseen will collaborate with a vast array of institutions, academies, project spaces and artists working in the medium of photography to highlight both local and international talent.
  September 5, 2018 to October 21, 2018
BredaPhoto International Photo Festival

Breda, Netherlands
Under the title TO INFINITY AND BEYONDthe 8th edition of BredaPhoto in 2018 will explore the impact of the continuing science. Will it bring nothing but progress? Or are we at risk of opening a Pandora’s box full of unwelcome surprises?
  October 1, 2018 to October 30, 2018
Brighton Photo Biennal

Brighton, UK
For its eigth edition, Brighton Photo Biennial sets out to explore understandings of identity and representation - our personal and projected image - as influenced by the pervasive genre of fashion and style photography.
  September 20, to September 30, 2018
Internation Photo Festival Incadaques

Cadaques, Spain
InCadaqués invites you into the picture in order to experience photography.
Meet at the beach in the heart of Cadaqués. There you will find a giant camera set up on the sand. A side door says enter the darkroom. Welcome to a new world.
The village’s main square is the starting point for a surrealist adventure that will lead you through the steep and craggy back streets. The whitewashed walls are covered in photographs. Lose yourself in the village, dive into the works of art. No matter which path you follow you will return to the main square where it all began.
At dusk, while sipping a drink, you will meet the photographers that enchanted you. Browsing through their portfolios an image catches your eye. You want it, you need to take it away with you.
In the background music is playing. Time stands still. The night belongs to you.
  September 27, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Filter Photo Festival 2018
163 E. Walton Pl.
Chicago - 60611
Filter Photo Festival is a multiday celebration of the photographic medium that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events will take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities will primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.
  July 12, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Cortona on the Move
Cortona, Italy
Cortona On The Move International Photography Festival is celebrating its first five years of activity. In this short space of time Cortona OTM has rapidly grown to become a significant event in the calendar of professional photographers, journalists, keen amateurs and enthusiasts around the world. This achievement is due to the high quality of research and content that goes into the festival, hand in hand with the architectural beauty and magic of the location where it takes place.
  September 5, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Getxophoto International Image Festival

Getxo, Spain
Promoted by the Begihandi collective, GETXOPHOTO is a festival dedicated to images that takes place in Getxo (Basque Country) and supports the exploration of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images. This is a thematic festival that every three years works together with a different curator who understands the photography as a tool of knowledge, communication, and of course artistic enjoyment.
  September 20, 2018 to October 20, 2018
Guernsey Photography Festival

Guernsey , Channel Islands
  June 7, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Triennal of Photography

Hamburg, Germany
A BREAKING POINT is a critical moment in the process of change. It is a time when we can no longer search for new goals or values but must immediately take a new direction. Photography has an ability to freeze time and bring focus to such moments. The Triennial of Photography Hamburg will be an attempt to raise awareness. The festival program is a humanistic statement on sustainability and change. It is an inspiration and an invitation to act. We use keyboard commands hundreds of times a day without thinking about their original meaning.
  October 5, 2018 to October 28, 2018
Hull International Photography Festival - HIPfest
Princes Quay, Princes Dock Street
Hull, UK
HIPfest (Hull International Photography Festival) is an annual event where the art of photography is celebrated.

An event where professionals come to exhibit, network, sell work, buy photography products, exchange ideas, and network. But also as an opportunity for the newly qualified, amateur and emerging photographer of any age and ability to immerse themselves in the world of photography, learn, share their passion and showcase their work alongside the best in the world.

This year will include the exciting arrival of PhotoCity at the festival in partnership with Fujiholics.

HIP Fest 2018's programme is shaping up nicely. Listed below are the photographers who will be exhibiting their work with us this year. Further details for each exhibition to follow. Scroll down for details for upcoming workshops.

Brian Griffin - POP
Marilyn Stafford - A Retrospective
Celine Marchbank - Stranger In My Mothers Kitchen
Peter Dench - A1
David Morris - The River We Once Knew

Our other exhibitions for HIP Fest include:
Photocity - Urban Photographers Exhibition
Instagramers Hull Exhibition
HIP Fest Open Exhibition
Lomography Exhibition

The competition for Young Fujiholic of the Year will also be happening during HIP Fest 2018.
  November 21, 2018 to November 31, 2018
Photo Is:rael

Since its launch in 2009, the International Photography Festival has become an art institution that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The festival features works by hundreds of prominent international and Israeli photographers, and offers a glimpse into unique Israeli photography archives, social projects, lectures, masterclasses, workshops, gallery talks and more.

This year’s festival will deal with the theme of relations. The subject of relations, on the numerous worlds and interpretations associated with it, has always been a central subject matter for artists, curators, and scholars. In the upcoming festival, we wish to explore this theme from different angles, as well as its relevance in today’s world, and the new ways it can be represented.

Once a year we celebrate photography with an international festival that serves as a platform for all creators who use photography as a means of expression, and facilitates a dialogue between people and countries.
  September 14, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Landskrona Foto Festival

Landskrona, Sweden
Landskrona Foto is one of the most important institutions in Scandinavia for photographic mediation, research and conservation. The key activities for Landskrona Foto are exhibitions, photographic history, research, the conservation of the photographic heritage, an annual photo festival and support for contemporary artists.

The authority responsible for this is the Cultural Amenities Committee of Landskrona, which has a fixed allocation in the municipal budget as the financial foundation. In addition we receive grants from regional, national and Nordic cultural organizations as well as generous support from many companies with an interest in the activities and in Landskrona.

The politically established goal is that Landskrona Foto will pursue such a wide range of activities of such quality that Landskrona can justifiably call itself the Capital of Photography in Scandinavia. We aim to achieve that goal by 2020.
  October 6, 2018 to October 28, 2018
Festival della Fotografia Etica

Lodi, Italy
The Festival is taking place October 6th through the 28th. There are four weekends full of events, guided tours with the photographers, conferences, portfolio reviews and book presentations. Like every year, we are giving voice to the voiceless through the stunning photographs of award-winning photojournalists who work hard to bring social issues, environmental problems and forgotten conflicts to light. The exhibits are housed in locations of historical importance, all situated within walking distance of downtown Lodi.
  November 28, 2018 to December 1, 2018
FIX Photo Festival

London, UK
Now in its third year, FIX Photo Festival will be held at the stunning new venue Menier Gallery. This Grade II listed building was once a chocolate factory, situated in the beating heart of London minutes from London Bridge, Borough Market and Tate Modern to name but a few cultural highlights. Again we embrace the combination of displaying great works of photographic art inside a notable architectural gem.
Exhibiting 14 solo artists and the finalists and winners of the FIX Photo Awards we strive to issue a positive challenge to the social and cultural divisions of the past year through the presentation of work based on the four themes of this year’s festival: CONNECTION, ESSENCE, STRUCTURE and YEAR OF THE WOMAN.

We are delighted to exhibit Shahidul Alam, Zaklina Anderson, Emily Bitcon, Karl Blossfeldt, Robert Clayton, Sandra Jordan, Lisa Holden, Christian Nilson, Helen Petersen, Robert D. Phillips, Einar Sira, Chloe Rosser and Chris Steele-Perkins this year.
  October 13, 2018 to October 18, 2018
Porto Photo Festival

Porto, Portugal
Porto Photo Festival brings a line up of the worlds top International Photographers to deliver life changing workshops to it's attendees. 2018 showcases photographers such as Sandra Aberg, Joao Carlos, Sara Lando, David Nightingale, Silvia Bifaro, Cradoc Bagshaw, to name a few. Workshops, masterclasses, portfolio reviews, women in Photography events, Influencer days and exhibitions will be held in and around the UNESCO World Heritage Center of Porto during the week.

“I created this festival to empower and educate people so that they can improve and achieve goals they never knew were possible. This years photographers are not just world class photographers, but world class educators. Making it an experience that will change how you work- forever. I can't wait to meet you to see your life-changing moments.” - Anna Gunn, Festival Director

2018 Edition of Porto Photo Fest boasts Industry Vetrans from all over the globe, teaching workshops, masterclasses designed specifically for this festival. This experience is one that no content creator can afford to miss, with facilitated activities that allow attendees to push their own learning boundaries in an encouraging and productive environment that's tailored especially for their needs. Masterclasses that openly encourage discussion and information sharing, and networking events provide a shortcut to getting your work directly infront of brands in a way that enhances future employment opportunities. Exhibitions will also showcase previous years participants work, with the images they created in last years festival.

Taking part in the PPF immediately, gives you access to this family, and the growing network of alumni who are out making their own dreams come true.
  October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018
The Click! Photography Festival

Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
The CLICK! Photography Festival celebrates the medium of photography and its cultural influence by engaging the Photography community with exceptional photo-based works, artists and programming. The month-long festival every October brings together exhibitions and programming while fostering dialogue between photographers and community members, all in hopes of inspiring artistic excellence, supporting professional development and promoting community engagement.
  September 21, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Photo Shanghai
Shanghai, China
As the 2018 edition of Photo Shanghai comes to a close, we are pleased to report that international and local Chinese galleries witnessed outstanding sales. The fair continued successfully in its mission to bridge East and West in a mature and energetic marketplace.
  December 8, 2018 to December 18, 2018
Angkor Photography Festival

Siem Reap, Cambodia
As it enters its 14th year, the longest-running international photography event in Southeast Asia is taking big steps into the future with the announcement of new leadership and a renewed focus on its core mission of nurturing Asia's photographic community. Created in 2005 by a group of photography professionals who worked extensively in the region, the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops has evolved to become Southeast Asia’s key gathering hub and educational platform for the region’s photography professionals and students.
  August 19, 2018 to November 13, 2018
  September 8, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Festival Images Vevey

Vevey, Switzerland
For the fifth time under its current guise, Festival Images will transform Vevey into a real "city of images" from 10 September to 2 October. Confirming its status as Switzerland's first Biennale of visual arts the Festival will present 75 original installations by international artists and upandcoming talents in unexpected places, indoors and outdoors, around the common theme of 'immersion', providing a genuine largescale, free of charge photographic experience for all visitors.
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