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  • 2015 Workshop How To create a great exhibition

    The Ballarat International Foto Biennale crew team up with the Art Gallery of Ballarat to present a great workshop about hanging successful exhibitions. BOOK NOW.

    2015 Workshop How To create a great exhibition


    The Portfolio Reviews will return to Ballarat Foto on 23 and 24 August 2015. Information will be made available soon. For information go to ...



    The contributions of our Patron's have never been more vital than it is today. The prestige of being a Patron Circle Donor is knowing that you are contributing to the arts and photography. It makes you feel ....


  • Fringe Program Call For Entries

    The 2015 Fringe Program Call For Entries is now open. More information is available on the Fringe Program Page . Phone inquiries can be directed to +61 3 5331 4833.

    Fringe Program Call For Entries

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is a month-long festival of contemporary Australian and international photography.

Held every two years in the beautiful and historic city of Ballarat, the BIFB presents two major exhibitions. The BIFB Core Program is a curated exhibition of 20 leading photographic artists, while the BIFB Fringe Program is an open-entry presentation by more than 200 artists. Our exhibitions are staged in more than 80 venues across Ballarat, including historic buildings, cafes, galleries, and public spaces.

The BIFB continues to grow.  It is now is the second largest economic impact event in Ballarat, contributing over $1.4m to the local community. So far, over 150,000 photography lovers have attended our exhibitions, workshops and events.

Exhibitions are complemented by an extensive program for photographers of all levels. This includes an integrated program of workshops, seminars, audio-visual projections, master classes, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and photographic competitions.

The 2015 edition of the festival will open on 22nd August and runs until 20th September 2015. We look forward to welcoming you.


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a not-for-profit incorporated association, run primarily by a group of volunteers, with a collective enthusiasm and vision about the future direction of Australian photography and photographers, and the place that they take on the world stage.


We aim to educate, inspire, provoke and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.

Our goal is to promote photography in all its forms both through the staging of a biennial festival in Ballarat along with a range of other initiatives which profile photography to the broadest possible audience.