Calendar of Photo Contests & Exhibits

This is where you can find photography exhibits within driving distance of Ottawa-Gatineau (including Montreal and Toronto) and contests. All Upcoming Events in the right menu bar are currently active and ordered by the event closing date or the contest deadline. By clicking on the Contests & Events page link at the top right of the page, you will see an agenda view; however, you can change the view to see just the week or the entire month. Most of the photo contests are online and open to enter; however, some may have entry fees. Be sure to check the link to the contest website for the official rules.

If you have a photography exhibition or photo contest you would like to share, please email information to

CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC ANNUAL photo competition @ Canadian Geographic
Nov 22 all day

Submit your photos to any or all of the contest categories for a chance to be published in a special themed issue of Canadian Geographic magazine.

ICONIC LOCATIONS photo contest @ Outdoor Photography Canada
Nov 22 all day

The most popular photography spots are often the most difficult for photographers to come away with something fresh and original. But sometimes the lighting, weather conditions and drama all come together to allow for something truly special. For this week’s assignment, submit your best images of iconic locations where you feel you captured something unique. Deadline to submit images is Nov. 22.

Nov 23 all day

Show the use of diagonals in your composition and you could win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Vote from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 2017.

LETTERS AND WORDS photo contest @ ViewBug
Nov 30 all day

Help ViewBug find the winner. Vote for your favourite photos from Dec. 1 to 19, 2017, and help the photography contest website find the winner of this photo contest. The more you vote, the better the results. The 50 photos receiving the most votes will be viewed by the judges. One winner out of the 50 will be selected as the People’s Choice Winner, who will receive an exclusive blog feature. The Grand Jury Winner will receive a Spinlight 360 Extreme.

Nov 30 all day

Share your best shots of boardwalks for your chance to win an HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer.

Along with the grand jury winner, you can vote for the People’s Choice Award from Dec. 1 to 21.

Contemporary Conversations with Stephen Wilkes @ National Gallery of Canada
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The National Gallery of Canada is launching this year’s Contemporary Conversations on Nov. 30, welcoming back American photographer Stephen Wilkes. For Canada’s 150 birthday celebrations, Wilkes recorded the official festivities surrounding Canada Day 2017 in Ottawa in a single image. Using his unique Day to Night artistic vision and technique, the artist has created a work that displays the jubilation over 18 continuous hours of this year’s July 1 celebrations. Learn more about Wilkes’ approach and attend the public unveiling of his work as part of this conversation with Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.

Wilke’s commissioned work is presented by the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada From The New York Times Photo Archive @ Ryerson Image Centre
Dec 10 all day

Featuring photographs of Canadian subject matter from The New York Times Photo Archive, The Faraway Nearby examines a century of Canada’s history and its representation in the leading American “newspaper of record.” Taking an expansive view of the many stories that have shaped our national experience, the exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. The exhibition draws from nearly 25,000 photographs preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive, known henceforth as The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection. This extraordinary new promised gift, made by Toronto entrepreneur Chris Bratty in honour of Canada 150, joins the renowned Black Star Collection to further establish the Ryerson Image Centre as a key international resource for the study of press photography.

The Notman Studio: 1858–1915 photo exhibit @ Ryerson Image Centre
Dec 10 all day

This exhibition surveys the diverse production of celebrated photographer William Notman’s bustling enterprise, from studio portraiture, to topographical landscapes, to genre scenes of prototypically “Canadian” pastimes.

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN photo contest @ Photo Life
Dec 11 all day

Photo Life and Photo Solution invite Canadian and U.S. photographers to submit their best work to The World We Live In VII with more than $40,000 offered in prizes, including high-end photo equipment, gift certificates and a grand-prize expedition cruise for two with Adventure Canada!

Photographers are invited to submit images under four themes: Humanity, Environment, Interconnections and, new this year, Series (open theme). Follow your curiosity, share your photographic talent, and show us your vision of the world we live in — you could get published in Canada’s #1 photography magazine and win fabulous prizes! (See the full list below.)

Open to pros, amateurs and everyone in between, participants may submit their images through December 11, 2017, using a simple online interface. To enter The World We Live In, check out the rules and regulations below and proceed to your registration. Winning images will be published in the April/May 2018 edition of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines.

PICTURE 2050 photo contest
Dec 15 all day

Imagine Toronto in the year 2050. What does a caring and climate-friendly city of the future look like to you? To build the kind of city we want, we need to imagine it. Submit up to 3 photos that represent the Toronto you would like to see in 2050. Each picture submitted is a building block of the future city that we will bring to life together. Show us your stories and the things that inspire you. Capture actions, events, people, places – anything that you feel is helping Toronto become a better city by 2050.

Photos can be previously or recently taken but must be shot in the Greater Toronto Area.

Picture2050 is organized by the Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN) and sponsored by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF).

OUR NATURAL PLANET photo contest @ ViewBug
Dec 18 all day

Your best nature shot could win you a Landscape Photography in Depth tutorial ($419 value). An extensive 20+ hours tutorial on landscape photography by Daniel Kordan. Full workflow: from the on-location capture to post-processing technique. The grand jury winner will be selected from the top voted images. Vote from Dec. 19, 2017, to Jan. 3, 2018.

HIGH VANTAGE POINTS photo contest @ ViewBug
Dec 20 all day

Show photos taken from high vantage points for your chance to win a SSE Pro Backpack for Drones.

Choose the Answer that Best Describes You photography exhibition @ Exposure Gallery
Dec 25 all day

Choose the Answer that Best Describes You is a body of work that explores identity, the “self” and the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies. Photographic images paired with text aim to portray the complex relationship between an individual and their self-image. Hannah Evans is a photo-based artist living in Ottawa.

NATURE AND THE NIGHT photo contest @ ViewBug
Dec 28 all day

Share your best photos of nature at night and you could win a Nikon D3300 SLR camera body as part of ViewBug’s Earth First contest series, which awards top-end gear that was lovingly used by another creative individual. Providing high-quality, pre-owned prizes puts less strain on the planet, and allows us to offer even bigger prizes. Classic win win!

Vote from Dec. 29 to Jan. 15, 2018.

SHOW US YOUR RIDING photo contest @ Canadian Geographic
Dec 31 all day

CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) and Canadian Geographic are looking for outstanding photos from each and every one of Canada’s 338 electoral districts, including the ones you visit and the one you call home. Every riding has unique features that influence – or are influenced by – our democratic institutions. Take your best shot in one of five categories:

• Democracy in your riding
• Culture and Recreation in your riding
• History of your riding
• Landscapes in your riding
• Flora and Fauna in your riding

Tell us what riding is featured and fill us in on the story behind the photo for a chance to win great prizes.

Wide Open World: A Celebration of the Suburbs in Toronto photography exhibition @ City of Toronto Archives
Dec 31 all day

This exhibit from the City of Toronto Archives features the work of official city photographers, as well as freelancers and amateurs, as they documented people raising families, building communities, working together and celebrating together in the wide open world known as the suburbs.

CLOUDY NIGHTS photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 2 all day

Night photography has its own challenges and rewards. Add clouds to the composition and the creative mind has fun. Submit your images taken on a cloudy night and you could win ViewBug’s Lightroom Presets Vol. 1. Designed by ViewBug’s team and guest judges, Vol 1. offers 7 presets designed to help you recreate the beautiful looks you see in award winning shots. Ideal for nature, cities, portraits, night and anything in between. Streamline and simplify your workflow to transform your images into vibrant photos.

Vote for your favourite from Jan. 3 to 18, 2018.

RUNNING photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 2 all day

Whether it is people or animals that are running, submit your best action shots for a chance to win a Polaroid Cube Action Camera.

Vote from Jan. 3 to 18, 2018.

FLARES 101 photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 4 all day

Submit your best shot showing flares—sun flares or flares from candles, flashlights, street lights, flood lights, etc.—and you could win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Vote from Jan 5 to 18, 2018.

ONLY PETS photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 4 all day

Share your love of pets and you could win a DSLR Focus Shifter.

Vote from Jan. 5 to 19, 2018.