Photo Festivals

All About Photo has selected the best photo festivals and photography events near you and around the world:
  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 5, 2019 to May 19, 2019

For its seventh edition, L'OEil Urbain Photographic Festival questions a major event: the Brexit. It's the story of a fractured identity - and the repercussions it implies on a national and individual level - that we want to question through a dozen of exhibitions exploring the United Kingdom, from the 1980s to the present day. The deadline seems close and blurry: yet, at the time of the inauguration of the exhibitions on April 5th, the United Kingdom will probably no longer be part of the European Union.
  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.
  May 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Vincennes Images Festival (VIF)
The VINCENNES IMAGES FESTIVAL or VIF, and known in English as the PARIS-VINCENNES AMATEUR GOING PRO PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, is a bi annual festival held in Vincennes, France, which aims to highlight the Best Amateur photographers rewarding them and opening them a door to access the professional world and maybe the missing step to be on stage and start the road of a successful Photography career. Access to the event is free. As a consequence the audience is very large.

Founded in 2015 by its President Jeff Ropars, this biennale was born in the largest Photography Club of France (Vincennes images). It is supported by the contribution of 140 volunteers, the support of many partners and a close collaboration with all the staff of the city of Vincennes.

The VINCENNES IMAGES FESTIVAL or GOING PRO PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL gives to all a full experience of discovery, learning, contesting, exhibiting and so on.


During the time of the Festival, Vincennes, historic city of Photography vibrates to the rhythm of this event: exhibitions, conferences, workshops, Brand Village, professional meetings and so many talks ! The festival transforms the city in a vast photographic gallery and takes residence everywhere in the City Center: in streets, on walls, in gardens and within the City Hall.

As a flagship contest of the Festival, the main competition rewards 15 winners from a selection of more than 400 entries. In the 2019 edition candidates will have to convince the jury with a series of 10 amazing pictures on the following theme: HOMO SAPIENS 2019. Call for entries was open until the 10th of March.

2015 Edition : Reza, Oliver Rath, Nikos Aliagas, Laurence Boy, Claudie Rocard-Laperrousaz, Pierre-Anthony Allard
2017 Edition: Yann Artus Bertrand, Caroline Faccioli, Guillaume Noury, Gérard Uferas, Grégoire Korganow and Gabrielle Lazure
2019 Edition : Lee Jeffries, Vincent Perez, Kyriakos Kaziras, Nathalie Atlan Landaburu (Hegoa gallery) and Olivier Zolger
We were also honored with the visits of prestigious photographers like Sabine Weiss, Matthieu Ricard and Josef Koudelka.
  May 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019
CONTACT is the largest annual photography festival globally, and a major cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and events from May 1-31 in the Greater Toronto Area. CONTACT 2019 will showcase an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops.
The Festival is free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.
  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
  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.
  June 7, 2019 to June 16, 2019
Athens Photo World
Athens Photo World aims to showcase the work of photojournalists and their contribution to shaping the image of our world and documenting moments of history in the making, in times of political and social upheaval and reclassification.

At the same time, an intended purpose is to showcase Athens as the meeting point of photographers at a time of rapid transmission of images, news and developments.

Athens Photo World is a new initiative in the cultural and photographic perspective of Athens, based on an idea by Thanassis Stavrakis, Director of the Photographic department of the Associated Press. With the donation of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the collaboration of a number of important institutions such as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the City of Athens Culture Net, Athens Photo World will be held from the 7th to the 16th of June 2019, aiming to bring photojournalism close to the Athenian audience through a series of exhibitions and events featuring some of the best contemporary Greek and international photojournalists.

At its inaugural event, Athens Photo World honours with its exhibitions and events the photographer Yannis Behrakis, focusing on his long, rich and award-winning work. Athens Photo World had already started with the valuable collaboration of the organising team with Yannis Behrakis. His ideas, his experience, his work and his personality have been a source of inspiration for APW contributors and the organisation will always honour his memory and contribution to the Greek and international photojournalism.

Central theme of Athens Photo World 2019 is "Daily Life". Cities, countries and moments of the planet, close and far, all gathered in the centre of Athens, for its audience and visitors. Outside of the narrow exhibition grounds and their limited time schedules, Athens Photo World's exhibitions will offer daily and free access for audiences of all ages.

More specifically, this year, seven exhibitions and six events, all of which focus on contemporary photojournalism and its protagonists, will take place within the ten-day Athens Photo World, with the participation of important and well-known Greek and international professionals holding long experience and different perspectives.
  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,...
  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 11–14, 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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