The International Photography Festival is the highlight of PHOTO IS:RAEL’s year and is the largest photography event in Israel today. Since its formation in 2009 the Festival has become a well-known cultural institution which welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year, presenting works by over 200 leading Israeli and International artists alongside exhibitions of our social activity for two weeks out of the year.


The Festival promotes an interdisciplinary approach and presents the medium of photography in combination with other arts such as dance, performance, theater, opera and sound. During the day the Festival offers guided tours for schools. Then, in the afternoon, the Festival opens its doors to dozens of visitors from across the country who come to see the exhibitions and participate in a variety of lectures, panels and special events.


For us photography is a language, the language in which we speak, communicate, and argue. But photography is also a celebration, and once a year we celebrate the International Photography Festival as a platform for all those who use the language of photography to express themselves and foster dialogue between people and countries.


The next festival is scheduled to take place in November 2019 for the seventh time.


2018 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography

RUSSIA. #Draft | Dmitry Markov

Maria Svarbova | Swimming Pool


The Third Photography Marathon

Justice in Photography | Panel by the Katz International Photography Award (KIPA)

Roger Ballen | Festival Closing Talk


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