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

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.

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.

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 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 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