Photo by Martin Gisborne

Photo by Martin Gisborne




MISSION Our mission is to celebrate the vision of extraordinary photographers, ignite conversations about critical issues, and foster the next generation of artists.

VISION As a nonprofit organization, LOOK3 challenges assumptions about photography by presenting diverse work by a variety of artists, developing innovative educational initiatives, and offering immersive community  events.

The backyard shows.

The backyard shows.

HISTORY In 1988, National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols began hosting an annual event in his backyard. Dubbed an evening of "peace, love, and photography," it was a place where anyone could come and show work. LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph was born from this 20-year grassroots initiative. Today, LOOK3 has grown into an internationally recognized venue for photographic excellence.

Our work is motivated by the resolute belief that substantive, provocative photography not only has the power to deepen awareness about the forces that shape our world—it can change it for the better. Guided by our nonprofit, noncommercial mission, we create public events and a mentorship program dedicated to photography. The LOOK3 Festival, which takes place for three consecutive years, transforms the historic pedestrian center of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia into a public arts experience. Every fourth year, LOOK3 produces LOOKbetween, the anchor event of the mentorship program, which fosters and celebrates international early-career photographers. 2014 will mark the second iteration of LOOKbetween, and Festival programming will resume in 2015.

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded in 2006.


The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph supports the established community priorities identified in the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle Cultural Plan. We encourage you to read over the plan and think about how you can contribute to the continued growth of Charlottesville's arts and culture community!



Victoria Hindley, Executive Director
Lisa Draine, Festival Manager
Chloe Skye Delaney, Production Manager
Gina Martin, BOOKstore Coordinator

Andrew Owen,
Managing Director 2010–2013


Michael “Nick” Nichols, Founding Member, 
Editor-at-Large, National Geographic magazine
Jessica Nagle, Founding Member;
Co-founder SNL Financial
Will Kerner, Founding Member; Photographer
Jon Golden, Founding Member; Photographer
David Griffin, Visuals Editor,
The Washington Post
Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Aperture Foundation
Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography,
The New York Times Magazine
Scott Thode, Visuals Editor & Curator
Yolanda Cuomo, Creative Director, Yolanda Cuomo Design
Vincent J. Musi, Photographer,
Master of Ceremonies
Darlene Anderson, Development Advisor





Jeffrey & Darlene Anderson | Anonymous |  Elizabeth Birdsall  | Suzanne & Ed Chitwood  |  Cary Brown & Steve Epstein  |  Andy Hord & Lotta Lofgren  |  Dr. Anna Magee  |  Michael V. Prentiss & Patricia G. Prentiss Foundation  |  Annette & Wyn Owens  |   The Block Family Foundation  |   The FUNd at CACF.

William Albert Allard, Eugene Richards & Janine Altongy, Dorothy Batten, Justin Black, Bonnie Briant, Coran Capshaw, Alex Chadwick, Hunter Craig, Martin Gisborne, MaryAnne Golon, Ben Greenberg, Steve Winter & Sharon Guynup, David Alan Harvey, Richard Jackson, Jean-Francois Leroy,  Anna Magee, Sally Mann, Will May, Kristi Norgaard, Ross McDermott, Ed Montecalvo, Monticello Associates, Andrew Owen, Reba Peck, Jenna Pirog, Tate Pray, Kate Ringo, Mike Sheras, Gabe Silverman, Justin Stailey, Rick Shaw, Shannon Wells, Evan Wilder, Smith & Ashley Williams.