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.

Aug
13
Sun
NATURE photo contest @ Nature Canada
Aug 13 all day

The Nature Photo Contest is a celebration of the plants and animals, landscapes, and nature moments that bring us joy and happiness. Nature Canada’s hope is to encourage more Canadians to get outdoors and to connect with nature across the summer months. This summer is particularly special as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

In case you were looking for inspiration, we’ve created a variety of themes into which you can submit your photo(s)!

Exploring Canada 150 – explore Canada’s parks, heritage sites, and Canada 150 celebrations
Canadian Landscape – see our breathtaking country coast to coast
People in Nature – how are you connecting with nature
Nature in Action – soaring, crawling,  hiking, flying, climbing
Fauna & Flora – discover the wonder in Canadian wildlife
Nature Nearby – explore nature in your backyard
Favorite Memory in Nature – share your nature memories

For full rules, visit http://naturecanada.ca/rulesregs/

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.

World Press Photo Exhibit @ Canadian War Museum
Aug 13 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.

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.

Oct
25
Wed
GREAT TRAIL photography contest @ Canadian Geographic
Oct 25 – Oct 26 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!

Photographs may be entered into the five categories:

Trail Vistas
People on the Trail
Trail Biodiversity
Water Trail
Urban Trail

For complete contest rules, visit http://greattrail.canadiangeographic.ca/rules

 

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
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.

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.