I took a few minutes to track down a list of as many of the international photography festivals as I could find, with the results mapped below.

Part of the reason for doing this was to have a quick-reference listing for finding those events that have a novice/open submission element, or similar.

Bear in mind that this is a glimpse of the festival scene as at a single point in time; some may not be running now, others may have changed their name, dates, locations etc.

That said, the map below gives an idea of the sheer number of photography festivals around the world and, by extension, the importance of the photographer as a visual artist.

If there’s a festival you know of that isn’t featured here, send info using the contact page and I’ll update the map and links.