Photographers are preparing to jet off to the world’s biggest photography show which kicks off in Cologne, Germany, next week.

Photokina 2008 is set to pull in eight times more visitors than the annual PMA trade show in the United States.

Open to the trade and public alike, the biennial event will eat up 230,000m2 of exhibition space spanning eight halls ? equal to more than 32 Wembley-sized football pitches.

As well as new equipment, the giant kit fest will give visitors an insight into key product trends.

Photokina 2008 is open to the public from 23-28 September (10am-6pm). A day ticket costs ?21 (booked online in advance) or ?28 (if bought on the day) Tues-Fri.

Day ?weekend? tickets cost ?12 (in advance) and ?16 (on the day). The show takes place at Koelnmesse GmbH, Messelplatz 1, 50679 Koln, Germany.

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? Amateur Photographer‘s News and Technical teams will be among the 162,000 visitors expected to attend Photokina 2008. Check out all the breaking news from the show on the AP website next week, and in the printed magazine. For background stories behind the latest kit – and key product trends – look out for the AP Informer, which will come free with the magazine’s 18 October issue