Photo Festivals Europe 2015


Did you also notice that photo festivals have been popping up like mushrooms during the last, let’s say, ten years? Or at least this seems to be the case for Europe.

Where art fairs are slowly getting more accessible for the general audience, photo festivals have generally attracted a larger crowd for years already, for the simple reason that photos are much more accessible than many other art forms, or as the British photographer Hannah Starkey said in History is Now:

[blockquote type=”left”]Photography is something that we’re closer to than any other kind of art form. It is a universal language that we all have a vested interest in … [/blockquote]

The fact that during the last decade it has become much easier to take some nice pictures for many of us, thanks to the digital photography (r)evolution, certainly contributes to this. Photo festivals can be inspiring, entertaining and a learning experience for the professional and the amateur photographer.

The Swedish media-duo Johan Rheborg and Henrik Schyffert also respond to this phenomenon with their television series We’re all photographers or Alla är fotografer in Swedish, always a fun and interesting watch, although I always have to ask Pal to translate, since the series have no English subtitles so far.

And to be honest, somehow it feels photo festivals never disappoint, maybe exactly for the above reasons. Sometimes you’ll learn about new topics through the photos you see, other times you’ll explore a cute, little town while wandering from one great exhibition venue to the other. Photo festivals abroad can also have this extra dimension of seeing the country from a different, local perspective, like we experienced for example last year during Riga’s PhotoMonth, during which we got to learn much more about Latvia and its citizens than we otherwise could have learned.

Spring seems to be the time of the year when the photo festival season fully starts again. We compiled a list of the photo festivals taking place throughout Europe, to be extended with an International overview of photo festivals soon too. In the course of the weeks we’re adding short descriptions of every single festival, so you easily know what to expect from which festival, and make your choice which festival(s) to visit. Just click on the menu items for more information.

Do you happen to know of a photo festival that is not on the list? Or have you been to any of these festivals and like to tell us about your experience? Feel free to share with us in the comments or send us an email at wkndr (at) artweekenders (dot) com. We like hearing from you!


(last update 23 July)

The links to this list appears to be broken, we’re currently solving this. Get back to us within a couple of days and the list should be available again!

[accordion][accordion_item title=”World Press Photo Amsterdam, 18 April – 5 July in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) + 45 other cities worldwide” open=”true”]As far as you are not yet familiar with the World Press Photo exhibition, this is a major international photo exhibition covering press photography, which is already organized annually since 1955. The photos exhibited are the prize winners for different categories – varying from general news to nature and sports – , carefully selected by an international jury of leading professionals in the field of photojournalism.
The exhibition starts in Amsterdam in the Nieuwe Kerk, after which it travels to 100 cities in 45 countries. For more information about the exhibition check: World Press Photo and our recently published article Curious Facts About The World Press Exhibition[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordion” title=”Nordic Light Festival, 21 – 25 April/ 28 June in Kristiansund (Norway)” open=”false”] The Nordic Light International Festival of Photography celebrates photography as an art form. During the festival week there will be activities like presentations and portfolio reviews, all aiming to create a better understanding of good photography in the companionship of some top photographers.

Most of the photo exhibitions are open until 28 June and are at the Nordic Light – House of Photography and the Jonas Eriksen Gallery in Kristiansund, Norway,  which is situated at a beautiful location on the north-west coast of Norway.

For more information visit Nordic Light Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordion” title=”World Photo London, 27 April – 20 May in London (United Kingdom)” open=”false”]World Photo London. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordion” title=”Riga Photo Month, 29 April – 21 June in Riga (Latvia)” open=”false”]Riga Photo Month. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordion” title=”Kolga Tblisi Photo, 1 – 5 May in Tblisi (Georgia)” open=”false”]Kolga Tblisi Photo. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”PhotoOn Festival, 4 – 9 May in Valencia (Spain)” open=”false”]PhotoOn Festival . [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”European Festival of Nude Photography, 7 – 17 May in Arles (France)” open=”false”]European Festival of Nude Photography. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Rovinj Photodays, 8-9 May in Rovinj (Croatia)” open=”false”]Rovinj Photodays. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotolink, 10 May – 7 June in Knokke (Belgium)” open=”false”]Fotolink. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Naarden Photofestival, 14 May – 21 June in Naarden (The Netherlands) ” open=”false”]The Naarden Photofestival is a biannual photofestival organized in the city of Naarden, some 15 kilometers from Amsterdam. The festival mainly focusses on the developments in Dutch photography, although there are also some international photographers exhibiting this year, and the emphasis is on storytelling instead of documentary photography. The central theme of this year’s festival is ‘water’, a theme presented differently by all photographers participating. You can expect names like Frans Lanting, Kadir van Loohuizen and Jimmy Nelson on this year’s edition, but also new and upcoming talents. The festival is spread over different locations throughout this cute little town, which is surrounded by large 17th-century fortications, said to be some of the best preserved ones in Europe. Check Naarden Photofestival for more information (website in Dutch only)[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”London Photo Festival, 14 – 16 May in London (United Kingdom)” open=”false”]London Photo Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Krakow Photomonth Festival, 14 May – 14 June in Krakow (Poland)” open=”false”]Krakow Photomonth Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”LOOK, 15 May – 31 May in Liverpool (United Kingdom)” open=”false”]LOOK. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotografia Europea, 15 May – 26 July in Reggio Emilia (Italy)” open=”false”]Fotografia Europea. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photo Romania Festival, 15 -24 May in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)” open=”false”]Photo Romania Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Docfield, 19 May – 18 July in Barcelona (Spain)” open=”false”]Docfield. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photo London, 21 – 24 May in London (United Kingdom)” open=”false”]Photo London. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photometria, 27 May – 7 June in Ionnina (Greece)” open=”false”]Photometria. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotorama Fest, 28 -31 May in Kragujevac (Serbia)” open=”false”]Fotorama Fest. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”PhotoMed, 28 May – 21 June in Sanary-sur-Mer (France)” open=”false”]PhotoMed. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotofestiwal, 28 May – 9 June 2015 in Lodz (Poland)” open=”false”]Fotofestiwal. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Festival Photo La Gacilly, 5 June – 30 September in La Gacilly (France)” open=”false”]Festival Photo La Gacilly. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photo España, 3 June – 30 August in Madrid (Spain) ” open=”false”]Photo España Latinamarican photography. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Copenhagen Photo Festival, 4 June – 14 June in Copenhagen (Denmark)” open=”false”]Copenhagen Photo Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Festival Sportfolio, 4 June – 21 June in Narbonne (France)” open=”false”]Festival Sportfolio. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Belfast Photo Festival, 4 June – 30 June in Belfast (Ireland)” open=”false”]Belfast Photo Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Belfast Photo Fringe, 1 June – 30 June in Belfast (Ireland)” open=”false”]Belfast Photo Fringe. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Portraits, 12 June – 6 September in Vichy (France)” open=”false”]Portraits. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Pa-ta-ta Festival, 15 – 21 June in Granada (Spain)” open=”false”]The Pa-ta-ta festival aims to connect photography, the people, the street and the city to make us learn more about photography, understand it better and above all to appreciate it more.

Apart from exhibitions there are different interactive gatherings and guided tours. If you don’t speak or understand Spanish, check upfront whether these gatherings are in English or not. The website of the Pa-ta-ta Festival is only available in Spanish at the date of writing.

The photo exhibitions will not only be at the squares of the city, some exhibitions will also be held in buildings normally closed for the public.


[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Triennale of Photography Hamburg, 18 June – 28 June in Hamburg (Germany)” open=”false”]Triennale of Photography Hamburg. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Warm Festival, 28 June – 4 July in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)” open=”false”]Warm Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Antiparos Photo Festival, 4 July – 13 July in Antiparos (Greece)” open=”false”]Antiparos Photo Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Bilbao Photoexperience, 5 – 7 June in Bilbao (Spain)” open=”false”]Bilbao Photoexperience. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”PhotoIreland, 1 – 31 July 2015 in Dublin (Ireland)” open=”false”]PhotoIreland. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Rencontres d’Arles, July 6 – September 20 in Arles (France)” open=”false”]Rencontres d’Arles. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Cortona On The Move, July 16- September 27 in Cortona (Italy)” open=”false”]Cortona On The Move . [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Landskrona Fotofestival, 20 August – 30 August in Landskrona (Sweden)” open=”false”]Landskrona Fotofestival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”PhotoIreland, 1 – 31 July 2015 in Dublin (Ireland)” open=”false”]PhotoIreland. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Visa Pour L’Image, 29 August – 13 September in Perpignan (France)” open=”false”]Visa Pour L’Image . [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Noorderlicht September, 1 – October 11 in Groningen (The Netherlands)” open=”false”]Noorderlicht. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Map Festival de la Photo Amateur, September 1 – September 30 in Toulouse (France)” open=”false”]Map Festival de la Photo Amateur. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Getxophoto, September 3 – October 4 in Getxo (Basque Country, Spain)” open=”false”]Getxophoto. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotoweek, 11 – 20 September throughout The Netherlands” open=”false”]Fotoweek. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Manifesto Festival d’Images, 18 September – 3 October in Toulouse (France)” open=”false”]Manifesto Festival d’Images. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Unseen Photo Fair, 18-20 September in Amsterdam (The Netherlands)” open=”true”]This year is already the fourth edition of the popular international photo fair Unseen, which is focusing on young talent and previously unseen works, both of upcoming and established photographers. It is the first year though that the festival will also be extended to the city, so expect to see part of the festival around Amsterdam too during the festival days. For more details visit Unseen Photo Fair. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Les Nuits Photographiques, 18 September – 15 December in Paris (France)” open=”false”]Les Nuits Photographiques. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, 18 September  – 15 November in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg (Germany)” open=”false”]Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Encontros da Imagem, 25 September – 31 October in Braga (Portugal)” open=”false”]Encontros da Imagem. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Diffusion, 1- 31 October in Cardiff (United Kingdom)” open=”false”]Diffusion. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photoreporter Festival 3 October – 1 November in Baie de Saint Brieuc (Bretagne, France)” open=”false”]Photoreporter Festival. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”International Photo Festival Leiden  10 -31 October in Leiden (The Netherlands)” open=”false”]International Photo Festival Leiden. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Lugano Photo Days 16 – 25 October in Lugano (Switzerland)” open=”false”]Lugano Photo Days. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Foto Art Festival 16 – 30 October in Bielsko-Biala (Poland)” open=”false”]Foto Art Festival . [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Bursa Photofest 24 – 28 October in Istanbul (Turkey)” open=”false”]Bursa Photofest. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotonoviembre November in Tenerife (Spain)” open=”false”]Fotonoviembre. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Malmo Photo Biennal 11 – 20 November in Malmo (Sweden)” open=”false”]Malmo Photo Biennal. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Paris Photo 12-15 November 2015 in Paris (France)” open=”false”]Paris Photo. [/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Fotofever 13 – 15 November in Paris (France)” open=”false”]Fotofever.[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photolux 21 November – 13 December in Lucca (Italy)” open=”false”]Photolux.[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Organ Vida International Photography Festival September in Zagreb (Croatia)” open=”false”]Organ Vida International Photography Festival.[/accordion_item]


[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photo Festivals dates to be confirmed” open=”false”]

More Photo Festivals Europe 2015 – of which the dates are to be confirmed at the date of writing of this article:

Kaunas Photo in Kaunas (Lithuania)

Fotoleggendo in Rome (Italy)

f/ Stop in Leipzig (Germany)

Off Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Festival Internationale de la Photographie de Mode in Cannes (France)

Fotografia – Festival Internazionale di Roma in Rome (Italy)

Photography Biennale  in Mulhouse (France)

Photo Levallois in Levallois (France)

BredaPhoto in Breda (The Netherlands)

Scan in Tarragona (Spain)

Outono Fotografica in Galiza (Spain)

Grid Photofestival different locations worlwide

Planche(s) Contact in Deauville (France)

Rendez Vous Images in Strasbourg (France)



[accordion_item parent_id=”accordian” title=”Photo Festivals 2016″ open=”false”]

Photo festivals (likely) first taking place in 2016 again:

Photomarket in Stockholm (Sweden)

BruggeFoto in Bruges (Belgium)

Milan Image Art Fair in Milan (Italy)

Format in Derby (Ireland)

Festival Circulations in Paris (France)

Festival Pluie d’ Images in Brest (France)

Fotografija Godine BiH in Sarajevo (Bosnia)

Mois de la Photo November in Paris (France)

Mesiac Fotografie in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Eyes On European Month Of Photography in Vienna (Austria)

Fotohonap European Month of Photography in Budapest (Hungary)

Photonic Moments European Month of Photography in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Month of Photography Berlin in Berlin (Germany)

Brighton Photo Biennial in Brighton (United Kingdom)

Transphotographique in Lille (France)

BIP in Liege (Belgium)

AliBaBa Photo Festival in La Cueva (Murcia, Spain)

Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography Biel (Switzerland)

Tblisi Photo Festival in Tblisi (Georgia)

DusseldorfPhotoweekend in Dusseldorf (Germany)

Si Fest in Savignano sul Rubicone (Italy)

Helsinki Photo Biennal in Helsinki (Finland)

Transphotographique in Lille (France)

Lumix Festival for young photojournalism in Hannover (Germany)

Photobiennale in Greece

Summer of Photography in Brussels (Belgium)

The Eye International Photography Festival in Aberystwyth (Wales, United Kingdom)

Images, Vevey (Switzerland)

Photography Oxford in Oxford (United Kingdom)

Guernsey Photography Festival in Guernsey (France)

2017: Backlight Festival in Tampere (Finland)


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'To be with Art is all we ask'- Gilbert and George. A quote that has stayed with me since I first saw it a couple of years ago. The word I would add though is 'travel' and that is, in fact, Art Weekenders, our new creation. The Art Weekenders project combines my passions for art, travel and photography, while we - at the same time - like to inspire and hopefully help you to prepare your art getaway. I am also photographer, writer and developer of the photoblog SHOuTography, a project that I started during a year of travelling through South-America to explore my life-long passion for photography.