Events & Initiatives

Inspiring, stimulating discussion and exchange

At the core of the Athens Photo Festival is an engaging and multi-layered program of events and the year-round activities, including learning and public programs, talent development initiatives, social practice, and community outreach.

  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Talent Lab
  • Young Greek Photographers
Photobook Platform
  • Photobook Exhibition
  • Photobook Library
  • Hidden Perspectives
  • Refugee Voices
Public Program
  • Screenings
  • Artist Talks
  • Performances
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Kids & Teens
Urban Experience
  • Athens Photo Marathon
  • Photo Walks

Portfolio Reviews

One-on-one meetings with international experts

The Athens Photo Festival’s Portfolio Reviews offer a meeting space that promotes networking and exchange among international experts and photographers at all levels. 25 museum curators, festival directors, publishers, editors, and other industry professionals from different countries gather in Athens to meet in person with registered photographers and to provide advice and constructive feedback in a supporting environment.

Artist Talks

We Speak Photography

Considering the role of photography as a tool to stimulate cultural and social awareness, under the motto “We Speak Photography”, we bring together internationally acclaimed photo practitioners and critical thinkers, whose work and thought stands out for their subject matter, process and critical insight.

Photography as Performance

Performing the exhibition

Contemporary art encourages the interaction across conventional boundaries of expressive fields. Since 2009, Athens Photo Festival has been an excellent opportunity for experimenting with the ways through which an artistic medium between life and art (performance) and a major visual art (photography) can cross boundaries and create interesting hybrids.

Talent Lab

Training program for emerging visual artists

Talent Lab is a new artistic development program that provides 20 talented photographers with an unique learning experience that seeks to further develop their creative practice and voice and resolve any creative issues to move their project forward. Under the guidance of international experts, Talent Lab immerses participants in an intensive program, delivering a workshop, pitching sessions, presentations, insightful discussions and other content sessions.

Screening Night

Between still and moving images

This one night event brings together multiple perspectives on the use of images –both moving and still– in contemporary culture that explores the interaction between different media (photography, video, sound).

Athens Photo Marathon

(Re)framing the City

Athens Photo Marathon is more than a competition. It’s about creating urban photo experiences. Over 2.000 photography enthusiasts starting from the centre of Athens and using photography as a common language will be encouraged to participate in a “photography marathon”, to visually interpret through their own lens and within a span of six hours, four given topics inspired by the urban life and its experience.

Workshop for Kids and Teens

Literacy through photography

Educational activities will be offered to individuals and groups of kids and teens. These learning experiences initiatives aim to actively involve over 100 school-aged children to discover and enjoy contemporary photography and image culture and participate in fun and playful learning experiences together.

Weekend Workshops

Hands-on intensive workshops

Educational activities that take place both year-round and during the festival, designed to offer a practical oriented learning experience for photography enthusiasts. Explore the power of image in these intensive sessions aimed at improving your technical or aesthetic skills.

Workshops for Refugees

Integrating storytelling as a tool for healing

The workshop aim at giving groups of refugees and asylum seekers the opportunity to explore photography as a language of communication and self-expression. Working in partnerships with different NGOs and art therapists, the workshop has evolved as a specific participatory action method, which involves providing people with cameras to record their experiences, stories and perspectives at this transitional time of their lives.