Liverpool's third biennial international photography festival, LOOK/15, launches this week with an expansive array of photographers, exhibitions, and events to revel in.

The theme for 2015's edition is 'Exchange', following on from LOOK/13's 'Who do you think you are?'. This will entail "issues of cultural diversity, migration, story-­telling and memory" befitting of Liverpool's rich historical and cultural traditions. Institutions such as Liverpool City Council, TATE Liverpool, FACT, Victoria Gallery & Museum, the Bluecoat, the Walker Art Gallery, and one of the UK's leading photographic galleries in Open Eye Gallery are included in the program.

Highlights include Jona Frank's The Modern Kids (as seen in our header image) that explores male youth culture in community boxing clubs around Liverpool, fellow American Michael James O'Brien who undertook a project on drag covering more than 30 years in the theatrical and provoking Girlfriend, and the internationally acclaimed Kassel Dummy Fotobook award at Liverpool Central Library featuring 50+ artists, for all you self-publishing enthusiasts (spolier: many of them are stunning). There's also the opaque colour palettes of Lorena Lohr's work in Ocean Sands taken on foot in America's South West, and numerous other exhibitions on show. Check out the full lineup here.

LOOK/15 has also encouraged photographers to engage via an open call exhibition titled Women In The City, where the public's interpretation of LOOK's brief will be displayed.

The two weeks in Liverpool continues photography's salubrious form for festivals that escape the London bubble, what with Derby's month-long Format Festival having wrapped-up in April. LOOK/15 runs from May 15th-31st in various locations across the city.