Athens Photo Festival is the leading international festival of photography and visual culture in Southeastern Europe. Constantly reinventing itself, Athens Photo Festival, furthers its long-standing commitment to encouraging diversity, inclusion, creativity and critical thinking, with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional festival of photography. Through its expanded programming, Athens Photo Festival is committed to offering a dynamic platform for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and engagement with photography in all its forms.
Our response to COVID-19
Athens Photo Festival and the Benaki Museum on 25 May agreed new dates for the Festival, which will be held from 16 September until 15 November 2020.
As we all continue to adjust our daily lives during the Covid-19 situation, these new dates give all involved in the organisation of the Festival sufficient time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the pandemic. Additionally, they will provide the maximum time to finish the submission and selection process, and to adapt our plan accordingly. Through all of this, the organising committee of the Athens Photo Festival will commit all its resources, and work closely with our partners to fully prepare for the delivery of a successful festival in autumn. At the same time, we are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take relevant measures in line with the advice of the authorities. Our top priority is the health and safety of our artists, visitors and staff. Until then, please stay connected, stay safe — and remember that we’re all in this together.
Open Call for Entries
Final day to submit your work
Athens Photo Festival 2020 is accepting submissions from emerging and established artists and photographers from around the world for its exhibition program. The selected works will be exhibited at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, one of the most prestigious museums in Greece. The exhibition program will be comprised of a wide variety of works from all the image-based genres, ranging from fine art and conceptual to documentary and photojournalism, photo-based installations, performance, interactive and multimedia works. As a result of difficulties experienced by applicants due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadline for submissions has been extended.
Events & Initiatives
At the core of the Athens Photo Festival, in addition to exhibitions, is an engaging and multi-layered program of onsite and online events and the year-round activities, including education and public programs, talent development initiatives, social practice, and community outreach.
An opportunity for artists to meet with international experts to get feedback on their work as well as to create meaningful connections.
Educational programs offer intensive learning experiences for current and future generations of artists and photography enthusiasts.
Experimenting with the ways through which performance and photography can cross boundaries and create interesting hybrids.
Under the motto “We Speak Photography”, the Artist Talks program is designed as a set of short talks to share thought provoking images and words.
This one night event brings together multiple perspectives on the use of images –both moving and still– in contemporary culture.
Athens Photo Marathon
Over 1.500 contestants will participate in a “photography marathon”, to visually interpret four given topics inspired by urban life and its experience.
Support the Festival
Now more than ever we need your help. Your donation will go a long way to supporting the Festival through these challenging times.