PHOTO IS:RAEL is an organization dedicated to the promotion the art of photography in Israel and abroad. For us photography is a language. This is the language in which we speak, communicate, and argue. The language with which we volunteer and initiate dozens of activities throughout the year. Our year-round activity includes workshops for professional and amateur photographers, and for the general public, various events that promote artistic and social discourse through the language of photography, volunteer work in various NGOs, educational projects for younger and older students, trips to international photography events, photography competitions, and the pinnacle of the year: the International Photography Festival. Launched in 2009, the annual festival draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The various events and activities initiated by PHOTO IS:RAEL uphold the values that stand before our eyes at all times – innovation in photography, extensive social activity, and forming international bridges through the language of photography.
PHOTO IS:REAL started its activity in 2011 as a Non-profit organization.

Friends Club


The members of PHOTO IS:RAEL Friends Club are a part of an intimate community that engages, speaks, thinks, and breathes photography and art. This community operates an extensive and varied year-round activity under the auspices of the International Photography Festival. Once a month, the club hold a meeting for all of its members, hosting some of the leading artists in Israel for an intimate conversation about their work.

This community is the beating heart of the festival and the contribution of its members is what makes the many activities and events that take place throughout the year possible.