Submissions are open

Entry Deadline: Monday 21 March 2016

Main Theme: [mis/dis]placed

International Open Calls

There are three main categories for submission:
• Main Exhibitions
• Screenings
• Photobook Show

Young Greek Photographers

• Group Exhibition

At the core of the Athens Photo Festival is an open submission process which welcomes artists/photographers, collectives, curators, galleries and organisations from all over the world to submit their work to be considered for the main exhibition programme. The selected projects will be exhibited during June and July 2016, at the Benaki Museum, one of the oldest and most prestigious museums in Greece. The Festival also accepts submissions for its screening programme and photobook show as well as for the Young Greek Photographers 2016 exhibition. For information regarding our submissions guidelines and to submit your project, please follow the links below.


Athens Photo Festival 2016 is accepting submissions from emerging and established photographers/artists, collectives and curators from all over the world, for the 2016 exhibition programme.



Athens Photo Festival 2016 also welcomes multimedia submissions, featuring a variety of artistic perspectives that explores the interaction between different media (photography, video, sound).



In recognition of the increasing importance of the photo book within contemporary photographic practice, the Festival will present an exhibition dedicated to the form of book.



The Young Greek Photographers is a juried exhibition that aims to discover and showcase the best emerging Greek photographers, between the ages of 18-35.

Athens Photo Festival

International Festival of Contemporary Photography & Related Media

Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography in Southeastern Europe. Exploring critical issues relevant to our times, our programme works within an international, national and local context, encompassing a variety of activities designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, and to create opportunities for exchange of dialogue, artistic expression and international engagement.
The 2016 main programme will be comprised of a series of solo and group exhibitions, presenting a wide spectrum of works selected through an international open call for proposals in combination with invited artists. At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various participatory projects and ephemeral projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.


Portfolio Reviews

One-on-one with international experts

The Athens Photo Festival’s international portfolio reviews offers an opportunity for serious amateurs and professional photographers to meet with key industry specialists, get constructive critique of their work and career advice as well as to enhance networking and collaboration opportunities.


We Speak Photography

Considering the role of photography as a tool to stimulate cultural and
social awareness, under the motto “We Speak Photography”, Photo Voices is designed as a set of short and inspiring talks to share thought provoking images and words, allowing audience to explore the ideas and stories behind this year’s theme and beyond.

Athens Photo Marathon

We Are All Photographers

Under the motto “We Are All Photographers” over 1000 contestants is expected to participate in a “photography marathon”. Starting from the centre of Athens, will be encouraged to express themselves, by recording through their own lens and within six hours, four given subjects inspired by the urban life and its experience.

Night of Photography

After dark screenings

The Night of Photography is a new one night event offering the audience multiple perspectives on the use of images –both moving and still– in contemporary culture that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and writing.

International Artists
National Artists

Looking Back at 2015

Back in 2015, the Festival reflected the diversity of contemporary photographic practice, presenting recent photo works by 156 established and emerging artists from 39 countries, 36 multimedia projects and a selection of 370 photobooks. Thanks in part to the eclectic mix of exhibitions from around the world, its overall range of events, and its diverse programme, as well as numerous public and networking events, we celebrated one of our most successful years up to date.
In response to the theme of “Reframe Memory” the Festival focused on the complex interconnections between memory, time and identity, exploring and exposing the dialectical relationship between past and present. Using facts and insights from history and the current and changing socio-political context in Europe and globally, as a starting point, the act of reframing generates new perspectives that enable new combinations of imagery and meanings of the past that help us navigate the present.

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