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The Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (APFW) was launched in 2005 as a non-profit organisation with a key purpose: to offer photographers in Asia affordable and accessible opportunities for professional development and growth. We have remained committed to this mission over the years, while adapting to the evolving needs of our community and the changing landscape of photography.

Based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the APFW is Southeast Asia’s oldest established international photography event. Our regular annual programme consists of the Angkor Photo Workshops for Asian photographers and the Angkor Photo Festival, which features exhibitions, projection screenings, talks and an array of other activities to engage visitors and the general public. Our programmes are firmly non-commercial and egalitarian.

At APFW, we have never just been about photography – what is important is how it can help us engage with the real world in a useful, meaningful manner. We embrace explorations and experimentation, potentially opening up new approaches to the medium. Across our activities, we assume an autonomous framework to teaching and discussing photography to encourage the development of each individual’s unique artistic voice and vision.

Over the years, we have been privileged to become a vital gathering space for practitioners from across Asia, creating a close-knit community of festival attendees and workshop alumni from various cultures, backgrounds and practices. To further enhance collaboration and open exchange amongst this diverse gathering of photographers, we design our events to be informal and non-hierarchical. By cultivating a welcoming atmosphere, we aim to create a safe, inclusive environment where individuals can forge meaningful connections with each other.

The sense of solidarity that emerges from being part of a wider community with shared beliefs and interests is an invaluable asset for photographers in the region. Through this connection, they can access peer support and advice, an outlet to share their struggles, and a resource for collaboration and mutual inspiration.

Our dedication to visual media practitioners in Asia is rooted in our recognition of the vital role they play in public and civic discourse. Through their craft, they have the ability to report, question, and reveal diverse perspectives, sparking dialogue and engaging audiences in critical thinking. We are committed to supporting this dynamic community as they continue to investigate, document, and reflect upon ideas and issues that give us a deeper understanding of our individual and collective existence.

The Angkor Photo Association is a non-profit cultural association registered under 1901 Law in France. All our events are free to attend, and open to the public.

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  • To be non-commercial and accessible to all
  • To be inclusive and open to all forms of photography, with an autonomous approach to fostering meaningful photography.
  • To adhere to a horizontal organisational structure with an emphasis on the collective
  • To be socially responsible actors in the community of Siem Reap.


  • Professional education and development
  • Promoting Asian contributions to photography
  • Fostering collaboration, exchanges and solidarity
  • Creation of a self-sustainable model led by Asia’s photographic community

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PO Box 93290
Siem Reap, Cambodia


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