A List of Photography Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19, take note if you’ve been planning to attend any or all these photography events and gatherings.

Given the precautionary measures necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, events, shows, and gatherings of all kinds across the globe are being postponed or cancelled — some well-known photography events included. The CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020 was among the first that got cancelled last month. If you’ve marked your calendars months in advance and have been looking forward to attending, chances are they’re already canceled or postponed; others most likely will soon follow. In case you’re looking for updates, here are just some of the events we got wind of that were originally scheduled but will no longer push through or have been moved to later dates.

Photoville and United Photo Industries Events

The Photoville FENCE Walking Tours in Atlanta on March 22nd and Seattle on April 4th are both postponed. Likewise, the Spring 2020 Educators Lab to be conducted by United Photo Industries (UPI) on March 18th is postponed until further notice.

“Based on guidance that collectively we can best protect our communities by slowing the virus spread, we have decided to take precautionary measures and postpone our schedule of events,” noted the e-mail announcement by UPI. “If you are a registered participant for the Educators Lab, you will receive a direct email from our team.”

Stay tuned on the United Photo Industries website and social media for updates.

The Photography Show and The Video Show

The Photography Show and The Video Show, which was planned to take place at the NEC, Birmingham from March 14th -17th, will both be postponed until September 2020 following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe.

“To date, we have been following government guidelines regarding the continuation of our event during this unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus. As the news has been progressing, we have listened to the concerns of all parties. And today we have taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone The Photography Show and The Video Show until later in the year,” said Jonny Sullens, Head of Events at Future, in their e-mail announcement.

The new event dates were set for September 19th – 22nd, and attendees have the option to transfer their tickets to the new show date or get a refund. The Ticket Factory will be in touch in due course with more information. Visit The Photography Show website for updates.

World Press Photo Awards Show 2020 and World Press Photo Festival 2020

The World Press Photo Foundation was also required to cancel the World Press Photo Awards Show 2020 and World Press Photo Festival 2020 scheduled on April 16th – 18th in Amsterdam. “We were well advanced with the planning for these events and to bring that to a stop is not an easy decision,” said their announcement. “Combined with the on-going uncertainty about the scale of the COVID-19 virus, this means it is not possible for us to postpone the events until later in the year.”

However, the Foundation will be announcing the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest — including the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year and the three other major awards — will be announced on April 16th through a wide range of online and media channels. The World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 will push through with its worldwide tour at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on April 18th.

Visit the World Press Photo Foundation website for more information.

The Story Behind the Image Panel Discussion by The Lucie Foundation

The Lucie Foundation has postponed their panel discussion, The Story Behind the Image, set for March 19th in order to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19. “We are looking forward to learning more about the impactful photography of Stephanie Sinclair, John Moore, and Natalie Keyssar on the new date, October 1 at SVA Theatre in new York City,” they said in their e-mail announcement.

Head to the Eventbrite page to register for the October 1st event, which is free and open to the public.

Leica Events

Putting the health and safety of their community and team members as the top priority, Leica has postponed their Leica Akademie workshops, Leica Gallery openings, and Leica Store events scheduled through May 5th.

While they are reassessing dates and adapting to the situation based on the most current information, the Leica stores will remain open. However, they recommend visitors to check the updated operating hours through their Facebook Page (@LeicaCameraUSA).

We will continue to monitor and report updates on photography-related events as they come. Meanwhile, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information about prevention and control of COVID-19 in communities, including limiting travel and avoiding large gatherings.