Photos tell stories – photokina turns them into success stories! The photo has been the focus of this trade show since the first photokina. This has always been so and will not change. photokina pictures shows again in 2014 emotional and moving photo exhibitions from all over the world and display the entire facet of photography.
Photo exhibitions 2014
Blende 2014 - a visual voyage of discovery+
Most of the interest in the German newspaper photography competition Blende is generated at photokina. The annual event, which is jointly organized by several daily newspapers and Prophoto GmbH, is Europe’s largest photography competition. Blende boasts a number of superlatives, and the pictures it presents demonstrate the great passion and dedication of the participating amateur photographers. The competition has been held for almost 40 years now, and the photographs will once again greatly enrich photokina in 2012. All of these pictures inspire admiration. In other words, photokina visitors can look forward to photographs that are definitely worth seeing when the results of two years of the Blende competition are displayed in the Mittelboulevard. The exhibition is a visual voyage of discovery that you can’t afford to miss. More than 70,000 pictures are entered into the competition each year. Blende’s steadily growing popularity is proof of its great significance. The pictures entered by the photographers are invaluable records of the period in which they were taken. What’s more, they help motivate others to use their cameras to capture special moments before they pass.
The German Young Photographer Prize: New young worlds of pictures+
The German Young Photographer Prize will show the best pictures of the year at photokina. A zest for life and a passion for photography, a fanciful way of looking at things and unusual images of everyday life: The German Young Photographer Prize presents this year’s winners at photokina. Pictures from participants between the ages of four and 25 years old will be on display. A new trend is the artistically created photobook. Around 6,000 young photography enthusiasts participated in this year’s German Young Photographer Prize competition, entering some 30,000 pictures. The contest covers three categories: the special theme “On the move”, the imaging section “Next level – digital photographic art“ and the area “Choose your own theme”. Around 50 winners will share prizes worth a combined value of €14,000. The awards will be presented on 23rd Sept.between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Alongside the current works, highlights from the 50-year history of the competition will also be on display.
Glanzlichter Nature Photography Awards of 2012+
The international nature photography contest Glanzlichter, the biggest German nature photography contest, has been held every year since 1999. Cash and non-cash prizes valued at over €26,000 are awarded for eight different categories. A total of 16,334 pictures were submitted to “Glanzlichter 2012” by 1,099 photographers from 32 countries. The Deutsche Verband für Fotografie (German Association for Photography) has again served as patron of this year’s “Glanzlichter”. As in past years, the organizers of the competition, Mara Fuhrmann and Udo Höcke will be available to answer visitor’s questions throughout opening hours. While guiding visitors through the exhibition, they will explain how the competition is structured and give visitors a better understanding of the story of individual pictures.
Anniversary exhibition "125 Years of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC" at the photokina+
In the scope of the photokina, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GERMANY will be presenting a selection of the best photographs from the 125-year history of the legendary magazine with the yellow border. The exhibition, comprising of 55 exceptional photos, reflects the most important expeditions and coverage of the National Geographic Society's magazine - from the foundation of the non-profit making scientific organisation in the year 1888 up until today.
The Largest Photoglobe in the World+
The internationally organised co-operative „Largest Photoglobe in the World“ initiative which will cast into the shade everything that has gone before, is as part of the „175 Years of Photography Jubilee“ and also of photokina year 2014, going through to the next round. Wherever they may be in the world, we call upon people to help create a unique journey in pictures on our English and German-language portals ( http://www.prophoto-online.de/photoglobus/de), taking as the theme „175 Years of PhotoMoments“. It will not only cover all continents, but as implied by the theme of „175 Years of Photography“, a sort of photographic journey through time will be created.
The uniqueness of the co-operative initiative which leaves room for creative visions programmed in will reach its climax at photokina 2014, which takes place in Cologne between September 16 and 21. photokina visitors will find there not just “The Largest Photoglobe in the World” with its vast diameter of six meters, but also a spell-binding Sea of Photos, which covering almost 500 square meters, comprises thousands and thousands of photos.