Creo initiates and organises events and programming across three key strands: photography, film and contemporary art.
Creo sets out to empower and give agency to creative voices.
WHO WE ARE
Creo initiates and organises events and programming across three key strands: photography, film and contemporary art. Established in 2007 as World Photography Organisation, Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities. Today, its flagship projects include the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Photo London and PHOTOFAIRS New York.
Working in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, Creo provides support across the group’s ventures, helping to deliver some of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs.
Creo derives from the Latin ‘creare’: to make, bring forth; in turn related to ‘crescere’: to arise, grow. It is this ethos that sits at the heart of Creo and its activities – the drive to create, to spark ideas, and to encourage growth. Translating directly to ‘I create’, in this spirit Creo sets out to empower and give agency to creative voices.
Creo is built upon four core values that strive to nurture creativity. In all aspects of the organisation, from the ideas we share to the projects we activate, to the people we work with, these pillars remain at the forefront of our thinking:
Create Positive Contribution
We initiate and contribute towards meaningful opportunities for those working within the industry.
We instigate connections and form spaces where creative communities can thrive.
We champion outstanding creative work that resonates across cultural boundaries and reaches wide audiences.
We forge partnerships with leading organisations and inspiring individuals to deliver exceptional projects.
world photography organisation
World Photography Organisation is a leading global platform dedicated to the development and advancement of photographic culture. Its programming and competition initiatives provide valuable opportunities for artists working in photography and help broaden the conversation around their work.
The World Photography Organisation’s flagship project is the Sony World Photography Awards. Established in 2007, it is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious photography competitions; celebrating the work of leading and emerging practitioners and attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually to its exhibitions worldwide.
Creo Contemporary comprises a portfolio of high-end art fairs with a particular focus on photo-based and digital works and offers specialist services to partners and collaborators in the contemporary art sphere.
Creo Contemporary’s current roster of events includes PHOTOFAIRS New York, the contemporary art fair dedicated to photography and new media; PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, the leading fair in Asia Pacific devoted to contemporary photography and Photo London, the international fair held annually in Somerset House, London.
Working in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, one of the world’s leading contemporary art fair organisers, the Creo team works across the group’s ventures, lending their expertise to managing and delivering successful events.
Creo Film champions creative excellence in film, video and storytelling and provides a gateway for independent filmmakers and breakthrough artists.
Its principal programme, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a major new initiative for short films, devoted to supporting and elevating filmmakers and creators and presenting them with coveted opportunities in the form of exclusive access and unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the film industry.