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The Photography Show 2020: What's on, when, and everything you need to know

The Photography Show 2020: What's on, when, and everything you need to know
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The Photography Show 2020 and The Video Show 2020 are fast approaching! The double-header Show is the UK's biggest and best event for photographers and videographers of all abilities, whether you're shooting on a traditional DSLR, mirrorless camera, dedicated cinema camera, smartphone, drone or action camera.  

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 14-17 March 2020, The Photography Show 2020 is packed full of manufacturers and other exhibitors keen to show off their latest products, together with talks from professional photographers, live demonstrations, shooting opportunities and much more.

• Get tickets for The Photography Show 

It will be the seventh exhibition to be held at the National Exhibition Centre since The Photography Show first started back in 2014. Each year over 30,000 photographers visit the event, which is run over four days from Saturday to Tuesday each March.

Video highlights from the 2019 show


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Over 300 brands will be exhibiting at The Photography Show 2020 and The Video Show 2020, so you're bound to come away inspired, educated and wanting to take all aspects of your photography to the next level.

Whether you want to get your hands on the most recently announced cameras from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm, or a lens from the likes of Sigma, Samyang, Zeiss and Irix, The Photography Show 2019 is the place to do it. 

Even if you just want to quiz the experts on the best gear for your needs, come along and get asking!

• See the current list of exhibitors

Not in the market for a new camera or lens? There's still plenty to see, from top-quality paper from Hahnemühle through to super-sturdy tripods from 3 Legged Thing and stylish bags from Manfrotto. 

Studio photographers can check out backgrounds, lighting systems and props, and wedding photographers can check out the latest styles of album and photobooks.

And if you fancy taking it home, you'll be able to stop by some of the biggest photo retailers such as LCE, Wex Photo and Cameraworld, where you'll find great deals and some exclusive show offers.

Beginner and Turning Pro Masterclasses

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Whether you're just getting started or you're moving into full-time professional shooting, you'll want to check out one of the many Masterclasses that will be taking place over the four days. 

The full Masterclass programme will be revealed soon, but you can expect Beginner Masterclasses in both photography and filmmaking, to help newcomers get on the right track with their photography. 

The Turning Pro Masterclasses, meanwhile, enable you to get advice from working professionals about making the jump from being an enthusiast to being a pro photographer.

For the benefit of photographic novices, masterclasses will include everything from what kind of kit to buy to how to process your images. Those turning professional will be able to learn essential marketing skills and better understand how to make video work for them. 

Super Stage

Martin Parr headlined the Super Stage in 2019

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The Super Stage has previously played host to some of the world's most famous and respected photographers, such as David Bailey, Sebastião Salgado, Art Wolfe and Rankin.

The 2020 programme will be announced shortly, but the 2019 Show was headlined by the inimitable Martin Parr, with other speakers includeng National Geographic's Annie Griffiths, New York fashion ace Lindsay Adler, wildlife expert Moose Peterson, former White House photographer Pete Souza, Californian Instagrammer Chris Burkard, and BBC wildlife cinematographer Gordon Buchanan.

Whatever your photographic interest or specialism, this star-studded stage is a must-visit for anyone attending the Show! 

Photo Live Stage

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The Photo Live Stage is your front row seat to get inspired and educated by a range of professional photographers working across multiple disciplines! Whether you dabble in light painting, you want some pointers for your portraiture, or if you want to see professionals getting creative results using flour and liquids, there will be something for you. And the best bit? Every single talk is completely free!

One of the most interesting talks we're looking forward to is from Gavin Hoey, who'll be explaining how to create effective shallow depth-of-field portraits. Meanwhile, Elli Cassidy will be demonstrating how to create beautiful newborn images while being as productive as possible during your shoots.

However, there's plenty more exciting demos to look forward to, and you can browse the complete list here.

Shutter Street Stage (new for 2020)

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Be inspired by sessions and live demonstrations at this stunning feature stage! It will showcase a huge range of topics across both stills and video shooting, from street photography to guerrilla filmmaking.

Video Live

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Aaaaaaand… action! Expert filmmakers will demonstrate how to produce the very best video content, whether you're shooting for social media, cinema, streaming video and more, with insightful sessions and lively displays.

The Studio has a range of experts to give you insight into what it takes to produce engaging video content, whatever your level. One of the talks we're most looking forward to is from BBC camera operator and filmmaker Carys Kaiser, who will be going through her kit bag and giving us her secret tips and tricks on what to use to make a broadcast-quality film with portable kit. 

Take a gander at the other exciting talks in our complete list here

Analogue Showcase (new for 2020) 

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Love creating images the old fashioned way? Our brand new Analogue Showcase will feature creative demonstrations of analogue photography, from traditional techniques to innovative uses of film photography. This is guaranteed to be a big hit with old school shooters and young film aficionados alike.

Photo Editing Suite

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Got the gear, got the eye, but looking to add the missing ingredient to bring your images to life in post-production? Here's your one-stop shop for top tips and advice on stills photography editing, across a variety of software suites and apps.

Drone Zone x Action Arena (new for 2020)

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One of the big new additions for The Photography Show and The Video Show in 2020, you'll find an exclusive Action Arena with ramps for stunt bikers, skaters and parkour, incorporated into the ever-popular Drone Zone for flying demos, aerial advice and practical tips.

Social Stage

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The Social Stage returns in 2020 and will take you one step closer to going viral! Food photography, vlogging, behind-the-scenes, shooting on the go, and the business and marketing strategy behind it all – talks on the Social Stage will get you conquering content creation.

The Studio (new for 2020) 

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Whether you're a seasoned content creator or you're just starting out, head to The Studio for talks offering insight into producing engaging content, storytelling, and creating projects using different techniques across various genres of moving image.

Behind The Lens

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Every photograph or video tells a story. Our experts will dive deep into the ways that photography and film build a narrative for their audiences, as well as the different projects and genres that they can explore.

When is The Photography Show 2020?

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The Photography Show 2020 and The Video Show 2020 will take place from Saturday to Tuesday on 14-17 March 2020, at Birmingham's NEC. Doors will open at 10:00am and will close at 17:00 on each day.

The NEC is just a short walk away from Birmingham International railway station and Birmingham Airport. 

For more information on getting to the NEC and parking, click here

When can I get tickets to The Photography Show 2020?

Tickets for The Photography Show 2019 are available here. You can also purchase tickets for any of the Masterclasses you'd like to attend.

Member of the trade, or professionals who make the majority of their income from photography or videography, you can apply for a free Pro pass. 

If you're studying a photography or video-related subject and want to visit the show on the Student Day (Tuesday 17 March), you can apply for a free Student pass.

You can also sign up to get the latest updates on the workshops, speakers, galleries and exhibitors that will be at the Show.


What if I can't make it to The Photography Show 2020?

Although there's no substitute for being at the show itself, you can stay up to date with what's going on by following the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels of The Photography Show and The Video Show.

Digital Camera World will also be there, live every day to bring you all the photo news, so make sure to keep us bookmarked, and stay up to date by following us on Twitter , by liking our Facebook page, and by signing up to our daily newsletter.