Nikon, Leica and Olympus pull out of Photokina 2020

(Image credit: Photokina)

Photokina still remains the best known of all the photographic trade shows - but the German expo's quest to adapt to a changing international industry has faced yet another setback. Nikon, Olympus and Leica have all cancelled their stands at next year's event in Cologne, according to a press release from the organizers.

Thee setback follows the cancellation of the 2019 event on the banks of the Rhine. In 2018 the organizers made the surprise announcement it would double in frequency to become an annual event taking place in May rather than the traditional September. But this year's event was cancelled a full five months before the doors were meant to open. Previously, the exhibition had run every two years since 1966 - although the number of halls used for the show has gradually diminished over the years.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.