The Rencontres d'Arles takes place annually in Arles in the South of France. It's one of the best known and longest-established photography festivals in Europe. If you only visit one festival, it should probably be this one. Much of the city is taken over by photography. The 2015 edition, the 46th, is the first under its new director Sam Stourdzé. We recommend you visit in the opening week, 6 to 12 July, and if you are a professional, book a professional pass which costs €65 and gives you entry to almost all exhibitions and public events. The opening week features late night open air screenings in the Roman theatre, and other events. At most events you can borrow translation headsets (English/French). Hotel rooms are scarce - book in advance. If you are broke, there's a good campsite. You really need at least 3 to 4 days to see the whole thing. It's also worth visiting later in the summer for the exhibitions.
Photo: Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti