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

CAPTURE THE FOUR ELEMENTS photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 25 all day

Think air, fire, water and earth and submit your best creation for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card. Vote from Jan. 26 to Feb. 12, 2018.

SEXY photo contest @ ViewBug
Jan 30 all day

Share your sexiest shots for a chance to win a Leica Sofort Instant Film Camera.  Vote from Jan. 31 to Feb. 14, 2018.

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
Between Friends Photo Exhibit @ National Gallery of Canada
Feb 16 all day

The third exhibition at PhotoLab, the Canadian Photography Institute’s experimental space, features the work of young Canadian photographer Andreas Rutkauskas. For several years he has travelled, often on foot with camera in hand, along the border separating Canada and the United States. Given carte blanche for this exhibition, Rutkauskas used the 1975 NFB book Between Friends/Entre amis as a starting point for his exploration of this frontier territory, over 8,891 km long.

Merger Photography Exhibition @ Exposure Gallery
Feb 16 all day

These recent photographs are Christian Villemaire’s interpretation of Hull, Québec, where he lives. Villemaire thinks about how his 10-year-old son may not be able to distinguish the old town of Hull from the new city merged with Gatineau. The old Hull is changing.

Vernissage: Wed., Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

SNOW photo contest @ ViewBug
Feb 22 all day

‘Tis the season to photograph snow. Share your best creative images for your chance to win a Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer. Vote from Feb. 23 to March 9, 2018.

She Who Tells a Story photography exhibition @ Canadian War Museum
Mar 4 all day

This exhibition brings together more than 85 photographs taken by 12 female photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Ranging in genre from documentary to portraiture, these evocative images challenge Western conceptions and provide insight into the contemporary social and political landscape of the Middle East, a part of the world where Canadian Forces have been engaged since the 1950s. The exhibition is divided into three thematic areas — Deconstructing Orientalism, New Documentary and Constructing Identity.

Frontera: Views of the U.S.-Mexico Border photography exhibition @ National Gallery of Canada
Apr 2 all day

Frontera brings together seven contemporary photographers’ views of a highly topical subject: the border separating Mexico and the United States. Made between 1997 and 2017, the works question the very notion of borders, attempt to define their edges, and explore their representation. Images by Mexicans Pablo López Luz and Alejandro Cartagena dialogue with works by Canadians Mark Ruwedel and Geoffrey James, Swiss Adrien Missika, American Kirsten Luce and German Daniel Schwarz.

Frontera is organized by the Canadian Photography Institute and developed in collaboration with the FotoMexico festival.

Gold and Silver photography exhibition @ National Gallery of Canada
Apr 2 all day

Through captivating and largely unedited images ranging from scenes of California’s rivers to the snow-capped peaks of Yukon, this exhibition follows the hopes, dreams and illusions of an entire generation of prospectors who took to the road in search of gold. It also tells the story of two major developments in the history of photography: single images on metal and multiple images on glass and paper.

Gold and Silver is organized by the Canadian Photography Institute in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. This exhibition was made possible thanks to the gift of The Origins of Photography from the Archive of Modern Conflict.

Gabor Szilasi: The Art World in Montreal 1960-1980 photography exhibition @ McCord Museum
Apr 29 all day

This exhibition of unpublished photographs by Gabor Szilasi features images from art openings and other artistic events held in Montreal between 1960 and 1980. Shot in a spontaneous documentary style, they immortalize the people, places and vitality of Montreal’s art scene at a time of social and cultural upheaval. Although Szilasi is one of Quebec’s best-known living photographers, this significant aspect of his work has never been publicly displayed.