Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops Celebrates its 15th Year

"Staircases", a photo by Cambodian photographer Khiev Kanel

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (APFW), Southeast Asia’s longest running photography event, has returned to Siem Reap for the 15th time. The festival kicks off with free workshops for emerging Asian photographic talents from 25 November to 3 December, followed by public exhibitions and projections from 3 – 7 December.

Education and development have always been core tenets of the festival since its formation in 2005. This year’s tuition free professional workshops will be attended by a fresh batch of 32 participants from 13 countries in Asia.

For the first time in festival history, Cambodia was among the top five countries with the most applications.

This year, the festival also hosts a special workshop just for Cambodian photographers led by well-respected Cambodian photographer, Kim Hak, who is also an APFW alumnus and committee member.

For the five days of the public festival (3 – 7 December), the festival will host indoor and outdoor exhibitions, nightly slideshow projections, portfolio reviews, artist talks, panel discussions and workshops. The programme is also filled with a quality line-up of guest artists, photographers and curators.

The festival prominently features the work and curatorial voices of workshop alumni, such as Linh Pham and Ha Dao from the dynamic Vietnamese photography collective Matca, who are curating two shows for this year’s edition – a slideshow projection on Vietnamese photography and an intimate print exhibition about Nguyen Van Chanh, a prominent photo studio founder and businessman. Along the riverside, alumni Senthil Kumaran Rajendran (India) and Uma Bista (Nepal) present ‘Tamed Tuskers’ and ‘Our Songs from the Forest’, respectively.

A Mobile Tuk-tuk exhibition, mounted on five of Cambodia’s beloved tuk-tuks, takes the exhibition beyond Siem Reap city to the countryside so that the festival can be enjoyed by all.

All the exhibitions, projections, talks and activities during the public festival are free and open to the public. A friendly and supportive space, there are plenty of inspiring social opportunities with industry professionals and fellow photography enthusiasts from Asia and around the world.

The full programme for the festival is available at www.angkor-photo.com.