Photokina 2020 cancelled, the next show will be May 18-21, 2022

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Canon EOS 40D
CR Pro
Jul 20, 2010
After intensive consultation, Koelnmesse GmbH has decided to cancel photokina 2020, originally planned to be held 27 to 30 May 2020. The next instalment of the leading international trade fair for photography, video and imaging will be presented from 18 to 21 May 2022. The Imaging Innovation Conference will not be celebrating its première in 2020 as originally planned; a new date will be coordinated.
In general, the management team of Koelnmesse has decided not to organize any own events on the part of Koelnmesse until the end of June 2020. This decision is supported by the crisis management team of the City of Cologne, which also recommended in its meeting on 18.03.2020 to cancel the trade fairs during this period.

This also happens against the background of the agreement reached on 16.03.2020 between the German federal government and the governments of the German states – laying down common guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus epidemic and explicitly including the...

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Hi, Welcome from an ePhotozine fan, & 6D user.
Jul 22, 2010
London & Woking
Wow, that's a big pushout.

Meanwhile manufacturers will still be wanting to release next generation kit and will do so more through pure digital channels. With more direct to the consumer contact forced by this pandemic business will probably change to this model for good.
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The dark side - I've been there
CR Pro
Nov 7, 2013
For people in Germany it was almost clear that the fair wouldn't take place at the initial date.

But to cancel it now completely means that it is now canceled for the second time in a row.

Last year it was canceled after they shifted the date from autumn to spring and to an annual interval.
And so the gap between the 2018 and the 2019 fair was too short so there was not enough interest from the exhibitors.
Let's hope it'll take place now in 2022. Otherwise we'd have 4+ years without it and the question would be if we really need it.
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By the spring of 2022 it will be canceled also. There will be no need for a large trade show because vendors will have shifted to a on-line product introduction strategy and/or individual events. The large gap between Photokina shows have shown it was not indispensable to the photo industry for anything other than resume sharing and partying.
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