Press Release No. 15 / Cologne, August 2014

photokina – world of imaging 2014

"Fan-mile" for amateur photographers: photokina communities

- Under the roof of photokina communities social networks, photo festivals, associations and publishers will present themselves
- The central meeting point for "analog" and "digital" photo-fans
- Social media live at the photokina blogger zone
- Fascinating pictures exhibitions offer inspiration

She is the central focal point for all those who like to share with others about their hobby: The special surface photokina communities in hall 9. True to the motto "Photography is then most beautiful when you can share the pictures with someone" the photokina leads at this special area both, real as well as virtual communities together. Under the roof of photokina communities social networks, photo festivals, associations as well as publishers will present themselves to the photokina visitors and offer them a meeting point that presents a variety of some highlights on and around the main stage.

Among the topics to be discussed at the surface, the networking of devices among themselves and with the internet, apps, social media as well as the latest Camera generations in the section of outdoor and action cams are included. The latter can be tested in a spectacular action zone in front of hall 9 on the Sky shooter, directly from the aqua zorbing or bull riding. The extensive program on the community stage will furthermore provide exciting entertainment, a lot of fun and guaranteed interesting insights into the latest trends. So it goes, for example, daily from 02:00 p.m. 03.00 p.m. to answer any questions about smartphone photography up to photo apps and 'mobile video'. Premium sponsor of the Mobile Apps is Kodak. The full stage program can be found at

At the 'DIY@photokina' everything is about the Do-it-yourself theme, an offer which is realized by the cooperation partner handmade Kultur. is the online community and social network of the Do-it-yourself (DIY) scene. "DIY@photokina" combines the themes of photography, Do-it-yourself and communities on varied ways through workshops, hand-on-activities and refreshing DIY ideas by and for creative bloggers. Photo tips for blog and shop are given also once a day by the 'Fun-on-Photo'-maker and professional Joachim Rieger.

Social Media live can be found at the offices of the photokina social media crew right next to the stage. Here enthusiasts can have a look over the shoulder of the social media editors and can watch their reporting's about the photokina on all social media channels live. In the adjacent blogger-zone, bloggers can charge their mobile devices using the free WiFi and blogging their impressions of the photokina live. During the fair, interesting guests from the industry will be guests and available to answer the bloggers questions again and again. In a Selfie-Contest, in cooperation with Fujifilm, one can take, with a little luck, an instax camera home. Under the title "XING meets photokina" a network evening for members of the photokina Xing-group completes the offer.

'Networking' is also desirable at the stand party of the on Saturday (20.09.2014). Anyone can participate. As part of a major award ceremony the winners of the photokina photo contests will be announced on that evening. In addition, the fototocommunity offers its guests an erotic live shooting, which invites you to joint-photographing.

Stunning photographic exhibitions set the diversity of the communities under prove Many of the partners present their best pictures in the form of large and small exhibitions to the international audience. The winning pictures of the children's and youth film center in Germany (KJF) competition organized by German Youth Photo Prize 2014 are represented. The Deutsche Verband für Fotografie e.V. (DVF) for example shows at its stand medal pictures of the 82 German Photo Cup 2014 and will also present in hall 6 an exhibition of the best works of this year's national DVF - Youth Photo Competition and the International FIAP youth biennial with works by young people from around the world.

The GDT - Society of German Animal Photographers - are giving with their exhibition 'GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013', a fascinating insight into the specific style of European nature photography. The Repertoire range from portraits, behavioural studies and action scenes up to critical portrayals of the way we treat the environment and experimental photography. With four exhibitions, the Environmental Photo Festival »horizonte zingst« is represented on the spot. With »Butterfly« by the photographer Jan Michael Hosan (in front of the entrance south) and - together with GEO - the exhibition 'Pandas: The unusual way back' (in front of the entrance north) two impressive outdoor presentations are included. In addition, the environmental photo festival »horizonte zingst« presents the best pictures of the online photo contest »heart beat of nature« and the exhibition "Nomads on fire - The nature of the Himba People" by photographer Michael Poliza. The largest community for photography in Europe,, shows in the exhibition "Best of fotocommunity" the most impressive photographs of their members in the genres of "World of Color", "People" and "Photo Art".

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Koelnmesse GmbH
For 90 years, Koelnmesse has been bringing people and markets together. The success story of Cologne trade fairs began in 1924 with the opening of the first event on the exhibition grounds in Cologne-Deutz. During the "economic miracle" of the post-World War II era, the "Rheinische Messe" became a global trading center. Today Koelnmesse has the world's fifth-largest exhibition complex and organizes approximately 75 trade fairs in Cologne and all over the world. During its anniversary year of 2014, Koelnmesse is bringing its history to the public’s attention through numerous activities, publications, and exhibitions.