There has never been so much to see, experience and photograph at Photokina 2016: try the newest technology; learn from the experts how to improve specific aspects of your photography; and see some amazing image galleries, all at the world’s premier photography event. [Photokina Featured Promotion]


20-25 September 2016 in Cologne, Germany will be a central meeting point for photo enthusiasts from around the world.

For this occasion the whole city of Cologne turns into a studio/gallery with photo shoots, events and exhibitions everywhere.  


Photokina equally inspires pros, traders, hobby photographers and “smartphoners”.

Around 1,000 top companies, smart specialist suppliers and creative start-ups from 40 countries offer innovative solutions and tech trends for your future photography. In addition the event has significantly expanded the programs for hobby photographers and semi-professionals.  

Meet the most exciting developers, try out the newest programs, see some of the best images taken by the best photographers around the world, and share your experiences online.

Click here  to see the 10 different event areas of Photokina 2016. Events run until late September.  


Learn about the exciting trend of light painting and light art photography at the first Photokina LightArt Congress 2016. The phol LAC 2016 is a cooperative event realised jointly by the German Light Painting Union (GLPU) and the renowned light art photographer and artist JanLeonardo Wø¶llert and his team. The artist has created work for global campaigns for corporations like the computer manufacturer Lenovo, Japan Tobacco, Nike, the Japanese Automotive Association or the band Coldplay. He is the organiser of the International Light Painting Award and has created a major international stage for light painting, which has taken considerable commitment.


Combine your trip to Photokina with a picture journey around Germany and neighbouring countries. You can reach Cologne via airports Cologne/Bonn, Dø¼sseldorf or Frankfurt. From there it takes only a couple of hours to visit Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels or any of the other beautiful European cities and regions.

The Cathedral in Cologne is one of the 40 UNESCO World heritage sites in Germany. Every one of these sites provides an excellent motif for your pictures. Take a boot trip along the river Rhine to explore the wine region for wine tasting and great colour autumn landscapes.

Try delicious German food, visit art galleries and theatres or just enjoy a stroll through the old city of Cologne. For more  ideas for your visit see the  Cologne Tourism website.  

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