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.

May
25
Thu
EARTH DAY photo contest @ ViewBug
May 25 all day

There are many non-profits doing critically important work helping people, saving animals, and protecting our planet. In support of these organizations and their causes, we proudly present our “Give Back” contest series. The winner of each “Give Back” contest gets to select one of the amazing charities to receive a donation. Let’s team up to for the greater good! Enter your best environmental photo for a chance to win a $200 donation to the charity of your choice.

Vote from May 26 to June 14

May
26
Fri
GOLDEN HOUR photo contest @ ViewBug
May 26 all day

Submit your best images taken during the golden hour for your chance to win a $250.00 Lab Credit to Nations Photo Lab. Nations Photo Lab is a leading source for premium photofinishing products and services. Vote from May 27 to June 7.

Jun
2
Fri
DIAGONAL SHAPES photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 2 all day

ViewBug wants to team up for the greater good. There are many non-profits doing critically important work helping people, saving animals, and protecting our planet. In support of these organizations and their causes, ViewBug proudly present its“Give Back” contest series. The winner of each “Give Back” contest gets to select one of the amazing charities to receive a $200 donation. Vote from June 3 to June 22.

INDOOR NATURAL LIGHT photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 2 all day

Submit your best recent photo taken indoors using natural light for your chance to win a Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer. Everybody wants to see your new photos. Only images uploaded recently are eligible for this contest, so keep uploading great new stuff. Increase your chances for awesome prizes and bragging rights doled out. Moral of the story—upload awesome images every month!

Vote from June 3 to 13

Jun
5
Mon
COVER photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 5 all day

Be creative, be inspired, and receive recognition and exposure. Every week a participants’ photo will be showcased to hundreds of thousands of people via different channels. The weekly selections will be showcased in ViewBug’s official contest banners, Facebook page, Twitter page and Google+. Winning photo will also be featured in ViewBug’s Instagram page.

Vote for your favourite photos and help us find the winner of this photo contest. The more you vote, the better the results. The 50 photos receiving the most votes from ViewBug’s audience will be viewed by the judges. One winner out of the most voted photos will be selected as the People’s Choice Winner. Vote from June 6 to 19.

RULE OF THIRDS photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 5 all day

To minimize their impact on the Earth, ViewBug offers the 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!

Share your best photos showing the rule of thirds composition for your chance to win a Nikon D3300 SLR Camera (body only).

Vote from June 6 to June 23.

Jun
15
Thu
80 STAYS AROUND THE WORLD photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 15 all day

Share your favorite vacation or travel photo for your chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to join Trey Ratcliff at his New Zealand Photo Adventure during the springtime, Oct. 16-20, 2017. Ratcliff’s 80 Stays Around the World is a photo walks across 10 great European cities!

Thanks to Air Zealand, this prize includes economy class roundtrip airfare to picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand, plus food, hotel, transportation for 5 days and 5 nights.

Vote from June 16 to 30.

Jun
25
Sun
Portraits and Collections: Katherine Knight photography exhibition @ Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jun 25 all day

Portraits and Collections is the culmination of a multidimensional project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight. Her documentation of a local Nova Scotian’s personal textile collection and its rural setting examines the idiosyncrasies of a needlepoint craze that was all the rage in Canada 150 years ago. Through Knight’s meticulously conceived inventory of 173 stitched decorative mottos owned by collector Jane Webster, a nuanced reading is introduced about the persistence of memory, tradition, and narrative. She responds to the allure of this singular collection through photography, video, and audio recordings, revealing how an object’s meaning can shift as it passes from hand to hand. Knight has captured the entire collection both as a series of individual objects and as they were hung throughout the collector’s home in thoughtful, at times witty, groupings—ultimately creating portraits of a collection. Room by room, she photographed the home’s living spaces where Webster kept the textiles on permanent display for the enjoyment of family and friends. Knight’s images are transformative records that provide close-ups of these delightful examples of handwork from another era.

Jun
28
Wed
BLUE HOUR photo contest @ ViewBug
Jun 28 all day

Submit your best shots taken before sunrise and after sunset for your chance to win a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Macro Lens. Vote from June 29 to July 12.

Canadian Camera Conference @ Algonquin College
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all day

Along with its line-up of speakers and presenters, the Canadian Camera Conference offers hands-on workshops and photographic outings, including unique opportunities to visit special collections such as the works of Karsh at Archives Canada. Organizers say “Come for the conference, stay for the celebration” with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations July 1.

Jun
30
Fri
WHAT IS CANADA? photo contest @ Outdoor Photography Canada
Jun 30 all day

Outdoor Photography Canada is celebrating its 10th year in publication, but even better than that, Canada is celebrating its 150th year as a country! OPC decided to combine these two momentous occasions into one awesome photo contest.

Theme: What is canada?
From its wide-open spaces and friendly, multi-cultural diversity to its wildlife and efforts in conservation and peace, Canada is many things. You decide what Canada is to you, and show us in one perfectly executed photo.

Contest Rules: 
There’s a $15 entry fee (includes taxes), with up to 10 photos uploaded to our website gallery per entry. An additional entry fee is required for 11-20 photos. Maximum two entries (20 photos) per person. Your name and photo location MUST be clearly marked on each file name or in the EXIF data.

Contest is only open to Canadian residents and non-professional photographers. A non-professional photographer is one who makes less than 50% of his/her income from photography.

Previously published photographs are not eligible. Images submitted must be owned by the photographer who entered them. Images must be Canadian in content. This means shot in Canada.

Maximum file upload size cannot exceed 5MB

Grand Prize:

  • Panasonic DMC G85 MK Micro Four-Thirds camera body
  • 12-60mm f3.5/5.6 lens featuring Dual Image Stabilization
  • Shoots 4K video/photo & weather resistant
    (prize value: $1,300)
  • One-year subscription to OPC & OPC ball cap

1st Place:

  • Tenba Shootout Backpack 24L
  • Mefoto RoadTrip Travel Tripod Kit (blue)
    (prize value: $700)
  • One-year subscription to OPC & OPC ball cap

2nd Place

  • Kite Optics Caiman 10×42 binoculars
  • Illumi Halo Softbox
    (prize value: $535)
  • One-year subscription to OPC & OPC ball cap

Honourable Mentions

  • Kite Optics Doublet 15× 28mm loupe
    (prize value: $75)
  • One-year subscription to OPC & OPC ball cap
Jul
3
Mon
RUGGED LANDSCAPES photo contest @ ViewBug
Jul 3 all day

Share your best rocky landscapes shot for your chance to win a Canon 5D MK III camera body. To minimize our impact on the environment, ViewBug proudly presents its 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. Vote from July 4 to 24.

WILDLIFE PORTRAITS photo contest @ ViewBug
Jul 3 all day

Share your best portrait of wildlife for your choice of a Canon EOS 70D or Nikon D5300 (body only). This is 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 ViewBug to offer even bigger prizes. Vote from July 4 to July 20.

Jul
15
Sat
PARALLEL LINES: Showtime Photo Contest @ PhotoLife
Jul 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.

Aug
13
Sun
ScotiaBank Photography Award: Suzy Lake @ Ryerson Image Centre
Aug 13 all day

This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. Presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, and is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Shelley Niro: Battlefields of my Ancestors @ Ryerson
Aug 13 all day

In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, turtle clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario—which began during the American Revolutionary War—she captures signs, memorials and landscapes. Situated alongside pre-existing plaques that describe Ryerson University’s origins, her images offer a complex perspective on “official” histories.

A two-venue installation at Gould Street at Bond Street and at Fort York National Historic Site.

A public installation of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, in partnership with Fort York National Historic Site.

Sep
10
Sun
PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art photography exhibit @ National Gallery of Canada
Sep 10 all day

Words figure strongly in contemporary art, as medium and message. For women artists in the 1970s to 1990s, text is used to explore the contexts of who is speaking and why; convey issues of social concern; provoke response; inform; and most importantly stimulate viewers to an active role of questioning. Images reflect on the social positioning of the female subject, and women’s sometimes awkward subjection to the camera’s gaze. By employing strategies of appropriation, exploiting time-based media, and fragmenting narrative, their artworks represent the social realm as a challenged and challenging site, where women’s role is especially under constant question and scrutiny. PhotoLab 2 invites visitors to explore the power of language through 14 photographic and video works by Lorna Boschman, Susan Britton, Sara Diamond, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Mary Kunuk, Shelley Niro, Lorna Simpson, Lisa Steele and Carrie Mae Weems.

Sep
15
Fri
DOMINANT COLOUR: Showtime Photo Contest @ PhotoLife
Sep 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.

Sep
17
Sun
Photography in Canada: 1960-2000 @ National Gallery of Canada
Sep 17 all day

Experience the diversity of Canadian photographic practice and production from 1960 to 2000 in this new exhibition organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. Bringing together more than 100 works by 71 artists — including Raymonde April, Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Angela Grauerholz, Michael Snow, Jeff Wall and Jin-me Yoon — it explores how the medium articulated the role of art and the artist in an ever-changing world, along with differing ideas of identity, sexuality and community. Formulated around themes such as conceptual, documentary, urban landscape and portrait, this exhibition celebrates the enormous growth of the practice, collection and display of photography over more than four decades.

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.