(L’Oeil de la Photographie)―Founded by award-winning photographer Aida Muluneh, the Addis Foto Fest was established in 2010 and organized by Desta For Africa Creative Consulting PLC. In its fourth edition, the Addis Foto Fest is the first international photography festival in East Africa and one of the leading photography festivals on the continent.

Held every two years, the Addis Foto Fest takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from December 15-20st, 2016 this year. The fourth edition’s collection features 126 photographers from 40 countries across the globe with the objective of bringing together emerging and leading photographers during the weeklong event. The main objective of the Addis Foto Fest is to promote the global exchange of images in order to educate, inspire and foster understanding as it relates to photography from Africa and the global photography community.

Each day of the Addis Foto Fest offers multiple events: featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, a conference and discussion panel, a live performance and exhibition at Fendika, as well as the inaugural Addis Foto Fest Awards ceremony. Winners of the AFF Awards will receive special prizes including an EOS 5D Mark III Canon Camera, Pixma MG6840 printer with paper and ink, and a Pixma IX6840 printer with paper and ink. These planned events offer local and emerging photographers with the opportunity to engage with international curators, scouts, and professional photographers. The biennal strive to engage their audience by providing multiple platforms for them to explore the power and language of visual aesthetics as they relate to modern society.

Since the first edition of the Addis Foto Fest in 2010, over 20,000 audience members have taken part in its combined previous editions. The main goal for the fourth edition is to explore the power of the image in a global setting, and to engage a larger audience not only through the local exhibitions in several venues around Addis Ababa, but also through the promotion of activities via prevalent online networks and Addis Foto’s media partnerships across the world.

Source: L’Oeil de la Photographie
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