Photo Festivals

All About Photo has selected the best photo festivals and photography events near you and around the world:
  May 1, 2020 to May 17, 2020
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.
  June 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019
Festival Photo la Gacilly
La Gacilly

Whether the shots are in black and white or in colour, green is always a major player at the Peuples & Nature Photo Festival in La Gacilly. Focusing specifically on the environment, this is an arts event that fully intends to become part of the landscape.
29 exhibitions and more than 1,000 on show.
  September 19, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Filter Photo Festival 2019
163 E. Walton Pl.
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.
  September 4, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Getxophoto International Image Festival
Getxo (Basque Country)
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 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.
  September 19, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Xposure International Photography Festival
United Arab Emirates
Expo Centre Sharjah
Al Taawun Street
Xposure incorporates over 1,000 indoor exhibits through dozens of photo galleries, from world acclaimed professionals, regional talents and emerging artists and is host the regions largest photographic and film consumer product show. Spanning over 11,000 sqm the festival also will be running dozens of photography training workshops, from beginner to Pro, live stage demonstrations, seminars and photographer talks, film screenings, panel discussions, portfolio reviews, focus groups and more. With an International flavour and retailer presence, Xposure Trade Show runs during the festival is slated to be a one-of-its-kind, premier photography show in the MENA region. The Photo Fair offers the chance for collectors, designers and the public to buy prints and to meet the all photographers in person.

About the Organisers
Xposure is the official educational & imagery photography platform that combines a broad range of photography events including; Exhibitions, Workshops, Seminars, Presentations, Competitions, Photo Walks, a photographic product Trade Show. The trade show hosts leading photographic brands who showcase the latest cameras, accessories, and equipment to the public, and photographers from enthusiasts to professional, trade associations and retailers. Embracing education and training in the visual arts,...
  October 10, 2019 to November 10, 2019
Imago Lisboa Foto Festival
Downtown Lisbon
Lisbon has become a reference city in the fields of tourism, and economic and cultural growth. The events take place in the most diverse areas and the city is the stage for an effervescent activity in the most diverse domains. In the visual arts the remarkable quality of the exhibitions presented in museums, galleries and alternative spaces is notorious. However, in the so-called creative photography area, there is a gap to be filled. This is the main objective of the Imago Lisboa festival. Provide the city with a regular photographic event that enhances the different photographic practices, and become an international reference in a short term. The team composing the festival has a vast history in the area, with an experience of almost thirty years.
  December 11, 2019 to December 14, 2019
PhotoNOLA festival
Downtown New Orleans
New Orleans
PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide.
The eleventh annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place from December 1114, 2019 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month. The lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, book signings and the PhotoGALA. Many events are free and open to the public.
David Bailey: SUMO
David Bailey: SUMO
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