The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship

Press Release, 5. 1. 2015

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship on the sea of world photographic events

The Open-air PHOTO festival, a part of which was almost 3000 visitors, organises in the second year a range of partial projects, such as international meeting of photo clubs, competition of photogenic ideas ART ROOM, world competition Photo Award. The festival also presents contemporary Slovak talents of the New wave or welcomes an exclusive festival guest Robert Vano.

The festival offers both classic, which means exhibitions, lectures, workshops and expositions of photo equipment, and mainly active photography. This is missing in other photographic events and this is how the Open-air PHOTO festival differs from other project in both in Europe and in the world. The festival takes place in one of the most photogenic towns, Český Krumlov, listed in UNESCO. As the town is a co-organizer of the festival, visitors can get to especially attractive interiors and exteriors. Many photo stages in the festival theme 2015 – Man and addiction – as well as professional background and a wide range of photographic genres from street photo to nude will be prepared. There is a chance to participate and create for professional and amateurs, but also for people, who use a camera or mobile phone only for records of family celebrations or holidays and would like to achieve more.

Where lies the uniqueness of the festival?

A concept of the festival, which is unparalleled in the world, meets requirements of both trends of experience hobby tourism and demands of professional photographers, as confirmed in words of Martina Ptáčková, the director of the festival: Most of the festivals are photogenic. People take pictures of music bands, actors, light installations, but it is always a kind of snapshot, souvenir from an event. Our festival, as one and the only, is focused on people, who like taking photos. Thus the programme complies with demands of photographers, which means to have good light, professional background, peace and time to take photos, and quality content of photography. No matter if a photographer professional or amateur, we offer a story in form of experience, which can be captured in professional conditions, thus learning new things, to pick some tricks from more experienced colleagues, or only just enrich their portfolio with beautiful pictures or genres, which are not common to be met.

The second year will introduce new projects, photo locations, and personalities

The festival tries to present the most attractive and most photogenic locations of Český Krumlov to visitors. It can be architectonic masterpieces; bur also secludes places, releasing photographic imagination. Besides well proved photo locations from last year, there will be new places such as Graphite quarry, Synagogue, or a rock at the Ploučnice River.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

In addition to broadening visitors´ horizons in field of Český Krumlov architecture, the organizers also try to present new personalities to them. As an exclusive guest, Robert Vano is coming. More artists, who will be somehow involved in festival events, will be e.g, Tereza z DavleGarick AvanesianDorota Kycia (PL), Aleksandr Kharvat (UK), Ondřej NeffKatarína SmikováAsen ŠopovMilan BýčekJaroslav Svoboda or artist Vladimír Merta.
The projects, which are a part of the festival programme, are in process now. In January, there is closing date for competitions of secondary schools of art for photogenic ideas ART ROOM¸ Another competition PHOTO Award is under patronage of world organizations FIAP, IAAP, PSA, and ČFFU. The organizers of the festival closely cooperate with photo clubs, and therefore even this year the international Meeting of photo clubs is will take place. Currently, several Czech and Slovak photo clubs has been registered and the organizers gladly welcome more those interested from both Czech Republic and abroad. Symbolically, by occasion of Velvet Revolution 25th Anniversary, a project new wave was opened, with aim to introduce young Slovak talents in cooperation with the independent media SAM. The artistic quality and European contribution of the festival and partial projects were appreciated by the International Visegrad Fund, from which the festival received international grant.

The only festival, where you really enjoy taking photos

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a specific festival focused of photography, which combines experience format with interactive education. Meetings of photo clubs, lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with the experts, or photo advisory office will take place for the whole Friday; tens of locations and photo stages on historic background of the town for the weekend. During three days, professionals, fans, and people moving in front of and behind camera will meet in Český Krumlov. At one place people meet, exchange experience, and expand their knowledge. Český Krumlov will liven up with photography again on 5 – 7.6.2015.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

Contact for the media:
Soňa Holotová,, +420 725 373 155

Co-organizer of the festival is Český Krumlov
The festival and partial projects are supported by:
International Visegrad FundCzech Federation of Photographic ArtUnion of Slovak PhotographersFédération Internationale de l’Art PhotographiquePhotographic Society of AmericaInternational Association of Art Photographers

Programme and product partners:
Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu (PL), Ciróka Bábszínház (HU), IRIS (SK), AKF (SK), SUPŠ Sv. Anežky ČeskéMuseum Fotoateliér SeidelEIZOAdes4studio, Carl ZeissNONAC CVAPROOneFiveFUJIFILMFotoKrumlovAFOPPICTOARTFOTOSFÉRACirkus trochu jinakCzech BeautyKonfrontace

Media partners:
FotoVideoDigiNeffePhoto.skmagazín D., Slovak Art


1.year of the Open –air PHOTO festival in numbers
17 locations / 54 photo stages / 18 photo genres / 98 photo models / 3000 visitors
120 lectures / 50 practical workshops / 36 partners / 30 personalities / 21 exhibitions
Watch the spot Open –air PHOTO festival 2013.
Here you can see presentation
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