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 media@FlashDesignsStudio.com.

Oct
29
Sun
The Family Camera Exhibit @ Royal Ontario Museum
Oct 29 all day

The Family Camera invites you to see family photographs differently. Tucked away in a box, framed on the wall, or saved to the cloud, personal photos are all around us in abundance. For Canadians, family photographs are often linked to stories of migration. Whether recent or in the distant past, over short or long distances, international or even within Canada, photographs play an important role in these experiences. From departures and arrivals to everyday moments and milestones, they capture these journeys and keep us connected; even the family photos that are lost or destroyed along the way can still linger in our imaginations.

Exploring the relationship between photography and the idea of family, The Family Camera looks at family photographs as a cultural practice through the lens of migration. It considers the social, political, and technological influences that impact how we conceptualize and represent family. Cultural shifts, such as same sex marriage and transnational adoptions enhance our notion of family, while the arrival of Polaroid cameras, smart phones, and the digital age have transformed the moments we capture and how we share them. With nearly every photograph featured in this exhibition coming from a Canadian home, The Family Camera sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Nov
7
Tue
ProFusion Expo 2017 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Hall A, North Building
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all day

ProFusion is the photo & video event that caters to the professional image-maker.
Over the years we’ve showcased many ‘first in Canada’ product launches, including the most talked-about cameras, lighting, software, and more. And it’s not just about getting a first-hand glimpse of new gear. It’s about experiencing it in an intimate, interactive environment, unlike anything you’ve ever encountered at any other trade show.

Nov
15
Wed
BRIDGES: Showtime Photo Contest @ PhotoLife
Nov 15 all day

Photolife invites readers to participate in the Showtime photo contest. Please send your entries (max. five images per participant per theme) at showtime@photolife.com following these guidelines:

Image format: JPEG only
Image width: from 1800 to 4000 pixels (files must not exceed 3 MB)
Indicate the contest theme in the “Subject” line
In the message, indicate your name, address, phone number and the title of the image
This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Nov
22
Wed
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.

Nov
23
Thu
DIAGONALS AND COMPOSITION photo contest @ ViewBug
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.

Nov
30
Thu
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.

Dec
10
Sun
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.

Dec
11
Mon
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.

Dec
31
Sun
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.

Jan
15
Mon
FENCES: Showtime Photo Contest @ PhotoLife
Jan 15 all day

Photolife invites readers to participate in the Showtime photo contest. Please send your entries (max. five images per participant per theme) at showtime@photolife.com following these guidelines:

Image format: JPEG only
Image width: from 1800 to 4000 pixels (files must not exceed 3 MB)
Indicate the contest theme in the “Subject” line
In the message, indicate your name, address, phone number and the title of the image
This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Jan
31
Wed
CANADIAN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR contest @ Canadian Geographic
Jan 31 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 and featured in a special exhibition at The Canadian Museum of Nature.

Photographs may be entered into the five categories as described below:

  1. Animals in Action: Capture the character of Canadian wildlife
  2. Watery Wildlife: Aquatic life in Canadian water
  3. Things with Wings: From birds to insects to flying squirrels
  4. Little Life: Macro shots, from bugs to reptiles to amphibians
  5. Youth (17 and under): Junior photographers capturing Canadian wildlife