Besides acting as a springboard for emerging talent, the festival also sponsors programs and educational activities to support up-and-coming photographers and those interested in photography. The Rencontres d’Arles awards are three: the Discovery Award (€25,000), Author’s Book Award (€8,000), and History Book Award (€8,000), awarded to new talents in photography and publication. Also, the Photo Folio Review and Gallery encourages aspiring photographers to submit their portfolios to international photography experts for appraisal during the festival’s opening week.
And the Rentrée en Images takes students from primary to graduate school levels on guided tours of the exhibitions which for the majority of them is their first exposure to contemporary art. So, as you can see, the festival goes beyond organizing exhibitions. Nevertheless, they’re what matter most, in the end, so we’ve selected ten that you can’t miss if you visit Arles.