Photokina 2010

Photokina 2010 Koelnmesse Cologne Germany

The largest photography trade fair in the world will take place from September 21 – 26, 2010, at the Koelnmesse complex, in Cologne, Germany, the fourth-largest exhibition facility in the world. With more than 1,370 exhibitors, and 160,000 members of the photographic industry on-site, representing 160 countries, this is the “place to be” for people involved in the photographic and video industries.

Photokina is a six-day extravaganza of visual imaging conferences, displays, and workshops, with photo galleries and competitions on-site, including ten exhibits of award-winning international professional photographers.

This year, Photokina features a special “Meet the Communities at Photokina” section for the photo enthusiast. Organizers of photography festivals, publications, blogs and industry associations will meet here to exchange ideas and receive feedback from amateur photographers using their platforms.

At the beginning of the year the organizers of photokina – Koelnmesse and the Photographic Industry Association – invited photographers from around the world to apply for an exhibition area at photokina 2010 in Cologne. More than 60 photographers entered this competition in the hope of winning one of the coveted exhibition areas. A total of twelve exhibitions have now been selected. They will be presented to the public in the halls of the Cologne exhibition center from September 21 to 26, 2010.

“The broad spectrum of themes and the high quality of the submitted photographs has convinced us and proven that the decision to move in a new direction and hold an open competition to create new photography exhibitions at Photokina was absolutely right,” said Oliver P. Kuhrt, Executive Vice President of Koelnmesse GmbH. Christian Müller- Rieker, Managing Director of the Photographic Imaging Association, also praised the submitted applications: “It was very difficult to select the exhibition concepts that will be presented at photokina 2010 from among all the impressive entries. Almost all of the applicants would have deserved to win.”

In addition to the classic exhibitions such as the premiere of the National Geographic exhibition “The Dolomites – The Stone Heart of the World,” the best images from the “Glanzlichter” (Highlights) competition and the UNICEF Photograph of the Year exhibition, which have proven to be very popular among the visitors to Photokina over the past years, there will also be numerous works showing different approaches to the medium of photography, from traditional photo documentation right through to very personal and emotionally moving photo series.

The exhibition “Beyond the Evident” will present UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with the help of large-format digital infrared photography, enabling the observer to see the sites in a completely new light and from an unusual perspective. The panoramic photographs were created with the use of a largeformat camera, a rotatable base, and an infrared-sensitive trilinear scanning system. The images reflect the mystical aura of some of the most beautiful sites in Guatemala, from pre-Columbian times to the colonial period.

These and other events promote the interaction between suppliers, imaging specialists, professional photographers and consumers, making Photokina an indispensable communication and networking opportunity.

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