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Photokina 2020 Has Been Canceled
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 23, 2020 @ 08:00 AM (EST)


Koelnmesse GmbH, the organizers of Photokina in Cologne, has decided to cancel this year’s edition of the international trade show, which was scheduled to take place from May 27 to 30. The move comes as German authorities attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus by shutting down trade fairs and exhibitions. The next instalment of the imaging show will not be next year but the year after: May 18–21, 2022.

Addressing the new dates, their press release states: “The decision not to host the next edition of photokina until May 2022 was made with in view of several factors: Even before the appearance of the coronavirus, the imaging market was already subject to strongly dynamic movements. This trend will now gain momentum and must be factored into plans for the upcoming photokina. Added to this is the fact that our customers’ resources are already under heavy strain in 2021—as a result of general economic trends as well as rescheduled events on the global trade fair calendar. The orientation towards 2022 gives everyone involved time enough to design the next photokina with an eye to the needs of the market, and of our exhibitors and visitors.” 

In recent weeks, various shows have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about COVID-19, including NAB, CP+, and The Photography Show.

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