Kateryna was convinced that the establishment of a productive partnership is best assisted by travelling to the country where you want to find partners and by personal relationships, particularly for a specialized event. "We've been working with artists and curators from Poland for five years already—since we first opened the Odesa Photo Days Festival. The fact that I spent six months in 2014 on a Gaude Polonia scholarship in Warsaw clearly contributed to this initiative. During that time I visited two major photo festivals in Poland – in Krakow, and Lodz as well as became acquainted with a curator from the TIFF Festival in Wroclaw. That was when the idea and the vision for how to put together our own festival came to me. Except for the festival, every year we put on at least one project with our Polish colleagues."
– Kateryna explains.
Kateryna lists Warsaw's Gallery Jednostka
as one of the crucial contacts. The gallery's curator, Katarzyna Sagatowska jointed the Ukrainian Photo Days team. It was their first collaboration enabling new joint projects
However, 2019 marked the first time that Ukrainian Photo Days had worked with partners from Great Britain. Kateryna made an important trip to Photo London
where she met a number of curators, including Max Hauton, who spoke and curated a project at the festival, and Tracy Marshall who will serve on the Odesa Photo Days 2020 exhibition jury.
For three years running the Austrian Cultural Forum has supported artist and curator visits from Austria. This year they brought three guests: Susanne Gamauf, Olena Newkryta, and Sophie Haslinger. Another long-time festival partner of the festival – the Hellenic Foundation for Culture – provided support for a lecture by Greek photographer Stratos Kalafatis.