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.

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.

Oct
1
Sun
World Press Photo @ Marché Bonsecours
Oct 1 all day

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism. Through the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and digital storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, global debates, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, educate, and support visual journalists, visual storytellers and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

World Press Photo Exhibit @ Marché Bonsecours
Oct 1 all day

The World Press Photo exhibition of award-winning photos is shown worldwide in 100 cities and 45 countries, reaching a global audience of 4 million people each year.

The event will showcase the photography from the winners of the most prestigious professional competition in the world.

Oct
3
Tue
Suburb photo exhibition @ Exposure Gallery
Oct 3 all day

Suburbs are typically defined by clichés. And certainly those clichés are right there on the surface for all to see; they can’t be ignored (or avoided). But during the time Tony Fouhse spent photographing Barrhaven, he discovered that life beats behind behind the façade. And where there is life there is mystery.

Oct
12
Thu
WILD CANADIAN YEAR Photo Contest @ CBC
Oct 12 all day

In a 5 part series beginning Sept. 24 at 8 PM on CBC, The Wild Canadian Year presents Canada’s extraordinary wildlife through the lens of the country’s four dramatic seasons.

TO ENTER
Submit your favourite photo, that you took, that represents “Wild Canada” to you in one of the categories: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter by uploading the photo to your personal Twitter or Instagram account. Hashtag your post with #wildcanadianyear. Indicate the category using #spring, #summer, #fall, #winter and tag @CBCDocs

Share your entry with your friends and family via your social networks and email. The top 5 entries in each category with the most public votes on the website will move to the final round of judging for a chance to win one of 2 grand prizes: a GoPro HERO5 Black camera.

 

Oct
25
Wed
GREAT TRAIL photo contest @ Canadian Geographic
Oct 25 all day

Much like Canada itself, The Great Trail is wonderfully diverse—not to mention stunningly photogenic. Formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, the Great Trail boasts the world’s longest network of recreational trails, weaving 21,500 kilometres across the country and linking city commuters to remote trekkers, landlubbers to aquaphiles. Most Canadians live within 30 minutes of The Great Trail, so grab your camera and capture everything it has to offer for a chance to win amazing prizes!

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.

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 @ 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. Emigrating from Scotland, Notman opened his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856 and found quick success. Expanding his business to various satellite locations, Notman employed and trained generations of photographers, studio assistants and retouchers. Together they presented a vision of Canada as energetic, young, sublimely beautiful, and deeply wintry, capturing the public’s imagination in the years preceding and following Confederation.

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