All About Photo Awards 2019

Photo Festivals

All About Photo has selected the best photo festivals and photography events near you and around the world:
  January 21, 2019 to January 26, 2019
FOTOfusion 2019
United States
415 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach
FOTOfusion is a 5 day event presented by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach. Around 70 of the best-known photographers and instructor from around the country come to teach workshops at this event.

But it’s not just all about pictures… there are parties, too. From Opening Reception to Farewell Bash you can look, learn and even laugh at this unique event. Hosted by world-renowned photographers and other digital professionals, this popular cultural festival attracts hundreds of professional and hobbyist photographers. You are cordially invited to attend entertaining workshops, informative lectures, panel discussion and so much more.
  February 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019
Exposure Alberta
All over Alberta province
The Exposure Photography Festival is a registered non-profit society established in 2004. Exposure is run by an enthusiastic Board of Directors who are devoted to photography. The festival's mission is to generate participation in photographic image making and to engage practitioners, photo professionals, and audiences in dialogue about the medium, its past, present and future. Like photography itself, Exposure embraces a broad audience, including beginners and experienced image makers, amateurs and professionals, and photographers of all ages and interest levels. Exposure seeks to expand awareness, to educate, inform, and delight.

2019 will be the 15th year of Alberta's one and only photography festival. The Festival hosts over 30,000 attendees annually. Most events and activities are free and open to the public. The Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming the community to an exciting and inspiring festival, celebrating photography and photographers from near and far.
  February 28, 2019 to March 4, 2019
Kolkata International Photography Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata's tryst with photography has a rich and enduring history. Since the inception of Bourne and Shepherd in 1840 in Esplanade, photography in Kolkata has evolved in myriad ways to become a rich tapestry of history, culture and visual experiences.
In the process, this has created a heritage of visual imagination that is unique to Kolkata. From the dark rooms to the digital age, photography enthusiasts from all over the world have been drawn to Kolkata. The city's many spaces, the coexistence of the new and old, the throbbing communities, the rich tradition of visual and contemporary art and a learned and vibrant community has meant that Kolkata has stayed at the forefront of photographic endeavors globally since almost the last two centuries.
Still, surprisingly, there has never been one single platform in Kolkata that brought together the photographic community - the amateurs, the enthusiasts, the professionals, the viewers and the critiques alike.
And that is what is going to change now. Come March 2019 and Kolkata will be hosting its biggest photography festival ever. The 5 days festival, held primarily at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Victoria Memorial Hall & Nandan, organized by Maya Art Space, will see eminent photographers from many countries displaying their work, interacting with the audiences, conducting workshops and discussing new trends and experiences.
With collective efforts of the organizers and such photography enthusiasts who have been involved in this journey, the outline of the festival has been laid out to ensure the presence of contemporary photography trends from the national and international level as well as provide sincere tribute to some of the veteran photographers of India and abroad and to their life-long devotion to this art form. While the festival will showcase works of eminent photographers from Kolkata, India and abroad, we are also opening it up for the budding photographers in high schools, to further their talent and interest.
We are sincerely looking forward to your kind participation in this inaugural version of the KIPF 2019 to make this international festival a grand success.
  March 8, 2019 to March 11, 2019
Scottsdale Arts Festival
United States
7380 E. Second St. (Scottsdale Civic Center Park)
Long recognized as one of the top art fairs in America, the Scottsdale Arts Festival is a three-day-long celebration of art, music, food and family fun. The event features 170+ jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, gourmet food trucks and vendors, creative activities for kids at the Community Art Studio family area, free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and more. Named one of the top arts festivals in the nation by the readers of AmericanStyle Magazine and “Best Arts Festival” by Phoenix New Times, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been recognized for its high-quality fine arts since 1971. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.
  March 15, 2019 to April 14, 2019
FORMAT Festival
United Kingdom

Today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally. The 2013 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

The biennale and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. Our programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Since its inception each major festival adopts a core theme around which it is curated together with the core structure featuring, but not limited to:

FOCUS: Exhibitions, Commissions, Mass Participation

EXPOSURE: International Open Call

FLASH: Events, Talks, Performance

DEVELOPMENT: Master Classes, Portfolio Reviews, Talks

The biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities.

FORMAT is organised by QUAD and the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council England, Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins.

FORMAT was founded by Louise Fedotov-Clements and Mike Brown. FORMAT is directed by Louise Fedotov-Clements.

  March 27, 2019 to August 4, 2019
Eyes on Main Street
United States
Downtown Wilson
Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina.

The 5th edition will run from April 27 to August 4, 2019, transforming Historic Downtown Wilson into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs spanning over six city blocks.

The main exhibition features 100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 40 countries with an equal number of men and women participants. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, focuses on the theme of "Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures" as interpreted by the individual photographers. This year’s edition will include four additional exhibits, making Historic Downtown Wilson, NC a real crossroad for photography.

The Eyes on Main Street Kids Gallery, presented as both indoor and outdoor exhibits, is the outcome of our Youth Photography Workshops run by Peter Fitzpatrick with alumni from Columbia College Chicago and local photographers. This program, made possible with the generous support of Canon USA, demonstrates the talents of young participants when given a chance to express themselves. Please look at their portfolio in The Kids Gallery. The Artist in Residence program is fast becoming a popular stay for photographers from all around the world, looking to work on a personal project. Eyes on Australia, a look at Contemporary Photography in Australia, curated by Lucy Stranger, will be another very popular and strong exhibit in 2019.
  April 3, 2019 to April 30, 2019
Capture Photography Festival
Capture Photography Festival is devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists.

Each April, photography and lens-based art is exhibited at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver as part of the Exhibition Program, alongside an extensive Public Art Program, a youth-oriented Learning Program, and an Events Program that spans tours, films, artist talks, and community events.

Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada's largest lens-based art festival.
  May 4, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Head On Photo Festival
Downtown Sydney
Head On Photo Festival is the leading photography organisation in Australia. The annual festival is run by Head On Foundation, a not for profit organisation which provides a multi-faceted platform for nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as well as emerging talent across all genres of photography. The centrepiece of the festival are the Head On Photo Awards, and the Head On Portrait Prize, Australia's most critically acclaimed photographic portrait prize. Head On works collaboratively with public institutions, education providers, commercial galleries, professional bodies, businesses and local councils. The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors from across Australia to over 200 events at more than 100 venues across Sydney. The festival is unique in that it provides opportunities for thousands of artists to meet, exhibit and sell work. Head On has put Sydney on the global map as a centre for photography.
  May 5, 2019 to May 10, 2019
Palm Spring Photo Festival
United States
Palm Springs Hyatt Hotel
285 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs
The Palm Springs Photo Festival Connect 2019 offers professional, emerging professional and serious advanced amateur photographers the opportunity to study with legendary photographers, show portfolios in our celebrated portfolio review program, check out the latest gear, attend cutting-edge seminars, symposiums, networking events and enjoy evening presentations by world famous image-makers. The inevitable relationships that are made or renewed at PSPF can oftentimes be transformative.
  May 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019
PhotoIreland Photography Festival
Museum of Contemporary Photography
PhotoIreland Foundation invites individuals and organisations to come forward with proposals for the PhotoIreland Festival 2019….
PhotoIreland Foundation is dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to internationally promoting the work of Irish-based artists. We ensure that a healthy ecosystem of practices is not silenced by lack of opportunities by offering frequent publishing and exhibiting opportunities to emerging artists. In 2010, we launched Ireland's first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. We celebrated Ireland's first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, dedicated to Photography. It was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened in 2013. Our work continues outside the festival period with a varied programme that includes events like Après Paris, New Irish Works and Greetings From Ireland.
  June 6, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Belfast Photo Festival
Belfast Downtown
The Belfast Photo Festival is a not for profit organisation that presents one of the leading International Festivals of photography in the United Kingdom and the Visual Arts Festival of Northern Ireland.

Launched in 2011, this biennial photographic event has been described as one of the "top ten photography festivals in the world" (Capture Magazine, 2016) and attracts upwards of 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public spaces. Capturing wide appeal through popular culture, accessible themes and unexpected encounters with photography, the festival aims to instil and inspire public enjoyment and participation by utilizing the most accessible artistic medium and bringing it to new audiences in cool and unusual ways.

The programme consistently addresses the political, social and cultural climate of Belfast, raising global issues and animating them through high caliber international photography.

The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.
  June 6, 2019 to June 16, 2019
Copenhagen Photo Festival

Copenhagen Photo Festival is an annual event that takes place in June - in 2019 from the 6-16th of June. For eleven days, photography is put on the agenda with exhibitions, workshops, seminars, photo tours, portfolio reviews and more. The festival co-operates with galleries, museums and cultural institutions around Copenhagen and southern Sweden and have exhibitions in public spaces including all metro trains and City Fence. The festival center is called Photo City, which is an old, beautiful transformer station in Østerbro. In 2017 Photo City provided the setting for 11 exhibitions, while Photo Stage was the stage for artist talks, workshops and debates.

Copenhagen Photo Festival had 54.925 visitors in 2018 and 56 exhibitions in collaboration with 46 different exhibition sites, including Photographic Centre and The National Museum of Photography
  September 5, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Versasca Foto Festival
Valle Verzasca
Valle Verzasca
During Verzasca Foto Festival main days you can enjoy open-air exhibitions, photo nights with live music, presentations, meetings and workshops held by professional photographers.
The festival aims to promote emerging international photographers and to support visual arts in Southern Switzerland, by giving free space through connection and dialogues with nature, offering access to different forms of expression and ways of visual storytelling.
The main activities take place in Sonogno, a small alpine village of stone houses surrounded by wild nature. Here, local and international photographers have the opportunity to get together and share their visions and ideas in an informal environment.
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