The fifth edition of Malaysia’s premiere photography festival returns in 2018


25-31 August 2018
George Town, Penang

A Unique Experience: The Best in Photography

OBSCURA Festival of Photography is one of the leading photography festivals in the Asia-Pacific. Established in 2013, the festival takes place annually at the UNESCO World Heritage City of George Town, Malaysia. A series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and projection nights are held over the 14 day festival period which annually attracts 20,000 visitations from over 25 countries. Alongside special programs designed for professionals and students, a large portion of the festival’s programming is free to the public. The festival plays an integral part in fostering the growth of the photographic arts, multi-lateral partnerships and international relations for the region.

2017 Masterclasses & Events

The fifth edition of OBSCURA Festival 2017 will feature an exciting lineup of events and exhibitions. In the next few months, we continue to add events to the 2017 program – check back regularly for updates.

Get Involved

Whether you’d like to get involved by volunteering for the festival or making a donation, we would love for you to come on board! Contact us below, we’d love to hear from you.

When, Where & Getting there

Held in the historic UNESCO Heritage city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia, all OBSCURA Festival exhibitions and events are within a walkable distance from one another, and most are free and open to the public. Start planning your trip with our handy guide to the perfect OBSCURA Experience.

Festival partners

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