Tirana Photo Festival is an annual photo festival organized by DMO Albania (Destination Management Organisation)
The first premium event was held from 1-9 November 2018 in National History Museum of Tirana. The aim of this Festival is to put in the focus the art of photography through photo competition, exhibitions, seminars, photo tours and more.
The main element of this Festival was the photo exhibition showing the 100 best photos of Tirana chosen among 7000 entries in social media contests organized by Visit Tirana in Instagram and other social media. From 100 photos shown in this exhibition, three photo winners were chosen in three categories: city, nature and people of Tirana.
A workshop which lasted 3 days was held in the National history Museum, consisting in theory (teaching the basic elements of photography) and practice (a photo tour in Tirana streets to understand better how to use the Camera). The workshop was very interesting especially for the young people.
Students from High Schools in Tirana were the guests of this Festival during all the days of Exhibition. They visited the photo exhibition have a talk with Tirana Photo Festival team about how to participate in these photo contests, using their mobile phone not just to win a prize but also to be part of promoting their city.
The opening event was attended by the vice mayor of Tirana Mr Andi Seferi, while the Mayor of Tirana Mr Erion Veliaj visited the exhibition in the last day of Festival.
Here is what the Mayor of Tirana Mr Veliaj said about our work: “I simply love the @VisitTirana team- they are an independent group often promoting our city way bettter than some of us are tasked to dy by the city Hall. Thanks to an awesome photo expo- great to see so much love pouring for Tirana via thousands of pics”
DMO ALBANIA is a non-profit organisation which also manage Visit Tirana, the tourism portal of the city. Through Visit Tirana, we have organized every season a photo contest in social media with the certain hashtag: #TiranaSpring; #TiranaSummer; #TiranaAutumn and #TiranaWinter. In the end of each competition we gave prizes for 10 winners. The first contest was opened with #TiranaAutumn2016. The feedback and impact was fantastic. We have a community of photographers now which are amateurs or professionals, who post regularly their photos in our contests. The photo contests are open during all the year. Considering the Tirana Photo Festival 2018 a huge success we are preparing #TiranaPhotoFestival 2019.