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.
  June 6, 2018 to July 29, 2018
Athens Photo Festival

Athens, Greece
After 30th anniversary festivities last year, the festival now enters its fourth decade with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional festival of photography. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, the festival functions as a dynamic platform where the social impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed. Athens Photo Festival 2018 brings together over 120 emerging and established international artists from 32 countries with the aim to reflect the diversity of contemporary photography, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement. The 2018 main exhibitions take place from 6 June to 29 July 2018, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe). At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various community and participatory projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.
  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 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  August 19, 2018 to November 13, 2018
  September 8, 2018 to August 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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