Focus on Imaging Shuttered: Europe’s Largest Annual Photo Expo is No More


Europe’s largest annual photo expo, Focus on Imaging, has been terminated, according to organizer Mary Walker Exhibitions. Focus on Imaging’s last show was in March of this year, following years of exhibitions.

The move is seemingly a sudden one, and Mary Walker Exhibitions has not hinted as to why exactly Focus on Imaging has been terminated, though it could be speculated that the lack of large photographic companies appearing in the past few exhibitions may have something to do with the ultimate downfall of the trade show.

“I am certain that the time is right for the industry to perhaps find fresh opportunities and bring new ideas to photographers,” said Mary Walker herself.

Focus on Imaging Logo

These fresh opportunities, however, do not include the sale of Focus on Imaging. According to Walker, “Focus On Imaging will not be sold – I’m simply bringing it to an end it is with great pride that I look upon an amazing period of time in my life, where I continually worked hard to run Focus On Imaging to the absolute best of my ability.”

Mary Walk Exhibitions did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PetaPixel on the closure of the event.


Mary Walker Exhibitions ran for 24 years with over half a million visitors in that time span. 35,000 individuals attended Focus on Imaging in 2013, eight percent down from the previous year.

(via What Digital Camera)

Image credits: A quick blast of photos at focus on imaging, nec – birmingam – #focus09 by philcampbell, A quick blast of photos at focus on imaging, nec – birmingam – #focus09 by philcampbell

  • Andrew

    That will be the rent the NEC charge + the OTT car park charges

  • Sky

    I visited it first time ever this year…. looks like it’ll be a last time. Shame, cause I actually enjoyed the show very much.

  • John R

    Well that is a shame, I went to quite a few of these events, working as support staff and later as a visitor. A great place for checking out the equipment and a nerdy chat. Hopefully Google will sponsor a new event, Google because they like imagery and they have a few pounds to spare.

  • Dan Foy

    Gutted, had some great times at Focus. I miss this years’ for the first time in 3 years, regretting that now.

  • Dan

    We have been showing at Focus for a few years now (University of Wolverhampton Photo Dept.). Our students have found it a great place to speak to specialists and make new contacts. A real shame it’s going :(. Thanks Mary and all the hard working exhibitors for putting on the show.