The FESTIVAL OF LIGHT is an international consortium of photography festivals that share ideas and insights on a global scale



At the beginning of the 20th century, photography heralded a new form of art and popular communication. At the end of this century, festivals and museums of photography are becoming the focal points of popular culture around the world. The FESTIVAL OF LIGHT joins the visual technologies of the 19th and 20th centuries with the new communication systems of the 21st century.


The Festival of Light facilitates three major goals:

• To collaborate between the member festivals in order to promote each other.

• To facilitate sponsorship through internationally-recognized credibility.

• To become a cultural force to promote quality photography and photo projects worldwide.

FOL is seeking new members!


The idea gradually came about as festival directors informally met around the world. The friendships that developed over the years made the Festival of Light (FOL) possible.

Aleppo - SYR

Aleppo International Photography Gathering

Atlanta - USA

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Bienne - SUI

Journées photographiques de Bienne / Bieler Fototage / Biel / Bienne Festival of Photography

Buenos Aires - ARG

Fundación Luz Austral / Festival de la Luz

Derby - UK

FORMAT International Photography Festival

Houston - USA

FotoFest, Inc.

Kaunas - LIT

Kaunas Photo

La-Chaux-de-Fonds - SUI

Nuit de la Photo

Lucca - IT

Photolux Festival / International Biennial of Photography

Montréal - CAN

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Porto Alegre - BRA

Brasil Imagem – FestFotoPoA

Tenerife - ES


Arles - FRA

Festival Voies Off

Ballarat - AUS

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Braga - POR

Encontros da Imagem – Associação Cultural

Denver - USA

The Month of Photography Denver

Hamburg - DE

Triennial of Photography Hamburg

Istanbul - TUR


Krasnodar - RUS


Lodz - POL

International Festival of Photography in Lodz

Mexico DF - MEX


Portland - USA


Tampere - FIN

Backlight Photo Festival

Toronto - CAN

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival