September 26-29, 2018, Cologne, Germany

Let yourself be surprised


Pioneering innovations, countless new products, top events, exciting workshops and live shoots – photokina presents "Imaging unlimited"! As the global business and community platform, here you will experience like nowhere else what fascinating possibilities imaging technologies including mobile, video & cine or AR/VR can open up for you. Welcome!

Unlimited discovery

Experience innovations, new products and all kinds of exciting ideas – in five fascinating imaging theme worlds! You are interested in lenses, lighting or digital image processing? In the theme worlds of photokina you will find what you're looking for.


Cameras, lenses & filters
Try out the latest cameras directly, discover new lens innovations, experiment with smartphone cameras and much more.


Light, tripods & accessories
What kind of new products are there for easily making your photos even better? Discover the theme world revolving around light, tripods and accessories.


Finishing, printing & presentation
In the theme world dealing with finishing, printing and presentation you will experience, among other things, state of the art publishing systems, AR/VR and new products for image presentation.


Software, storage and sharing
Get the creative kick: let yourself be inspired by the latest innovative possibilities of digital image processing, look into the future of CGI and test new solutions for saving and sharing your creative output.


Innovations, start-ups & visions
Look forward to experiencing the future of imaging: experience trend-setting prototypes and software, as well as exciting new business ideas.

photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photo, video and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

Product segments

Cameras and camcorders, smartphones, VR/AR-systems, camera accessories, long-range optics, storage media, photographic studio equipment, lighting systems, microphones and audio equipment, image processing software, video / film technologies, digital imaging and publishing, major and minilabs, image kiosk systems, online picture services, photo books, frames and albums, personalized photo products, home printing, large format printing, fine art printing, scanners, video screens and monitors, video projectors, Computer Generated Imagery, imaging services

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Takes place:

every second year since 1950

Visitors: 190 669
Exhibitors: 983
Net sqm:

Hotel availability in Cologne during photokina

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photokina (IMAGING UNLIMITED) takes place in Cologne, Germany from 26.09 to 29.09.18 at Koelnmesse. In 2016 photokina attracted more than 190 669 visitors and 983 exhibitors. Trade show is organized by Koelnmesse GmbH.

News and reports

Focus on the Image

2018-05-22 photokina

photokina (26-29 September 2018) and the International Photoszene Festival (21-30 September 2018) will this year once again be the prestigious meeting points for artists and visitors from the whole world.

High exhibitor demand

2018-04-18 photokina

Five months prior to the start of the 35th edition of photokina on 26 September 2018, the organisers are expecting every single exhibitor space in the halls in Cologne to be filled.