Athens Photo Festival 2018

Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and related media in Southeastern Europe. The festival attempts to bring together a range of different perspectives from emerging and established artists and photographers from all over the world with the aim to reflect the diversity of contemporary photography, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement.

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, today, is the city facing the challenges for Europe. This put us in a unique position to collaborate with international artists and organisations.

International Call for Submissions

Athens Photo Festival is accepting submissions for the 2018 exhibition programme. The selected works will be presented from 6 June to 29 July 2018, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe), one of the most prestigious museums in Greece. The main exhibition programme will be comprised of a wide variety of works, selected through the current international open call for submissions. This call is open for all genres of photography: from fine art to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations and multimedia. The Festival also welcomes submissions for its Photobook Show. To be eligible for inclusion in Festival programming, proposals must be submitted before 31 March, 2018.

Benaki Museum | 06.06 – 29.07


The Festival welcomes submissions from artists/photographers, collectives and curators for its Main Exhibition Programme. The exhibition programme will be comprised of a curated selection of over 100 entries, selected through the current international open call for submissions.
Benaki Museum | 06.06 – 29.07


In recognition of the increasing importance of the photobook within contemporary photographic practice, the Festival will present an exhibition dedicated to the form of book and invites artists and publishers worldwide to submit their self-published books for consideration.

Events & Initiatives

Portfolio Reviews (25-26/6)
An opportunity for artists to meet with international experts to get feedback on their work as well as to create meaningful connections.

Photo Voices  (27/6)
Under the motto “We Speak Photography”, Photo Voices is designed as a set of short talks to share thought provoking images and words.

Labs (12-15/9)
Educational programmes offer intensive learning experiences for current and future generations of artists and photography enthusiasts.

Screening Night (23/9)
This one night event brings together multiple perspectives on the use of images –both moving and still– in contemporary culture.

Photography as Performance
Experimenting with the ways through which performance and photography can cross boundaries and create interesting hybrids.

Athens Photo Marathon (24/9)
Over 1.000 contestants will participate in a “photography marathon”, by recording through their own lens, four given subjects inspired by the urban life and its experience.



Join Us for the Athens Photo Festival 2018!