EMOP is a network of Photography Festivals in different European citys. The association is registered in Luxembourg as a non profit association (RC: F 9847 / Statutes ).


The aim of the joint project is to promote cooperation at European level, strengthen the international photography scene, intensify the exchange of information and experience and support young artists. The results of this cooperation include jointly conceived exhibitions of contemporary photography, which can be shown in adapted form in the partner cities of the EMOP network.

The collaborating festivals work on a joint thematic project that includes emerging European photographers. The results can be exhibitions, publications, artists talks or panel discussions on the thematic Project taking place within the Festivals. Together the board members select five emerging photographers who will be nominated for the EMOP Arendt Award.

Former Topics:

Rethinking Identity (2023)
Rethinking Nature/Rethinking Landscape (2021)
Bodyfiction (2019)
Looking for the Clouds: Contemporary Photography in Times of Conflict (2016)
Memory Lab: Photography challenges History (2014)
distURBANces (2012)
Mutations III (2010)
Mutations II – Moving Stills (2008)
Mutations I (2006)


Paul di Felice (co-director Café-Crème asbl, Luxembourg) – president
Pierre Stiwer (co-director Café-Crème asbl, Luxembourg)- financial supervisor

Delphine Dumont (curator Photo Brussels Festival Hangar)- board member
Emmanuelle Halkin (General Secretary and Artistic Committee, Circulation(s) Festival) – board member
Rui Prata (director Imago Lisboa) – board member
Maren Lübbke-Tidow (curator, EMOP Berlin) – board member

The European Month of Photography (EMOP) was initiated in 2004 by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, and its director Jean-Luc Monterosso as a joint venture between European capitals hosting a photography festival with the aim to confront expertise in curatorial practice in photography and the intention to develop common projects, notably exhibitions, including exchange of information about the local photographers and artists concerned with photography. As founding members acted the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, the Cultural Departement of the City of Berlin (Museumspädagogischer Dienst Berlin headed by Thomas Friedrich) and the Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna (director Bernhard Denscher).

Former board members:
Thomas Friedrich (1948 -†2012), founding member of EMOP
Václav Macek (director Central European House of Photography, Bratislava)
Jean-Luc Soret (curator MEP, Paris)
Pierre Stiwer (co-director Café-Crème asbl, Luxembourg)
Dejan Sluga (director Photon, Ljubljana)
Thomas Licek, (Eyes On, Vienna)
Berthold Ecker Vienna (MUSA, Vienna)
Gunda Achleitner (MUSA, Vienna)
Gabriella Uhl, Budapest
Bettina Leidl, (FOTO WIEN, Vienna)
Verena Kaspar-Eisert, (FOTO WIEN, Vienna)