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.

Mar
6
Tue
THE COLD WINTER photo contest @ ViewBug
Mar 6 all day

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! You could win at Bestlight Photo Studio Ultra High Power LED Light

Mar
15
Thu
MALE PORTRAITS photo contest @ ViewBug
Mar 15 all day

Show ViewBug your best portrait photography featuring men, and you could win a Polaroid Instant Print Digital Camera.

Voting is open from March 16 to 30.

Mar
16
Fri
Photography: The Black Box of History photo exhibit @ Ryerson Image Centre
Mar 16 – Mar 17 all day

The academic study of photography remains, some eighty years into its development, a nascent and unsettled scholarly enterprise. This symposium will investigate how photography is conceptualized as a problem in history today, and how recent technological and epistemological transformations have engendered new approaches. Photography: The Black Box of History will bring together researchers whose methods and subjects exemplify new ways of thinking about photography that revisit history and encourage alternatives.

Mar
22
Thu
ARCHITECTURE AND REFLECTIONS photo contest @ ViewBug
Mar 22 all day

Show reflections on any type of building, and you can win a GoPro HERO.

After you submit your photo, vote from March 23 to April 4.

Mar
23
Fri
SNOWCAP photo contest @ ViewBug
Mar 23 all day

Share your photographs of snow-covered mountain tops for your chance to win a Canon PowerShot N 12.1MP Camera.

Vote for your favorite photos between March 24 and April 6 and help ViewBug find the winner of this contest. The more you vote the better the results. The top photos receiving the most votes  will be viewed by the judges. One winner out of the most voted photos will be selected as the People’s Choice Winner, who will be featured on ViewBug’s blog with social media exposure.

Apr
2
Mon
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.

Apr
8
Sun
“Soon we were en route again”: The Margaret Corry Albums (1947–1963) @ Ryerson Image Centre
Apr 8 all day

This exhibition investigates a collection of photographic albums compiled over seventeen years by Margaret Corry, a well-travelled Canadian expatriate. Relocating from one country to the next with her husband, a United Nations representative, Corry assembled the photographs she made of landscapes, architecture, archeological sites, social events, and portraits into a compelling personal narrative, set against a backdrop of complex geopolitical and colonial change. “Soon we were en route again…” is organized by second-year students from Ryerson University’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program, in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum and The Family Camera Network.

This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Co-instructed by Gaëlle Morel and Sophie Hackett

Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography @ Ryerson Image Centre
Apr 8 all day

This experimental exhibition reconsiders photography through the lens of collaboration, suggesting that the medium—traditionally understood as one dominated by singular creative adventurers—is in fact defined by collaboration and interaction. For Collaboration, a team of artists, scholars, and curators have come together to create an exhibition, installing a gridded repertoire of approximately ninety photographic projects from different places and moments.

An exhibition and collaborative laboratory at the Ryerson Image Centre
A project by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford and Laura Wexler
A partnership of Brown University, University of California, Berkeley, Ryerson University and Yale University

The Ryerson Image Centre’s presentation of this exhibition is supported by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor photo exhibit @ Ryerson Image Centre
Apr 8 all day

From 1977 to 1985, photographer Jim Goldberg worked with both impoverished and affluent residents of California’s San Francisco Bay area to realize the series Rich and Poor. His powerful portraits, inscribed with revealing self-observations by the people he photographed, captured the social and economic divide increasingly prevalent in the United States. Exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1984, and published to acclaim the following year, Rich and Poor established Goldberg’s reputation as a transformational figure in the history of documentary photography.

Presented with Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography
Curated by Paul Roth and Ilana Shamoon, assisted by Christine McLean

Apr
9
Mon
FASHION STATEMENT photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 9 all day

Make your own statement about fashion for your chance to win a Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 inches Tripod Monopod.

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!

Apr
10
Tue
WHAT A NIGHT photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 10 all day

Share your best night shots for a chance to win ViewBug Lightroom Presets Vol. 1 ($89 value) and a dmain for your ViewBug website.

Voting is open from April 11 to 24.

Apr
17
Tue
ABANDONED photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 17 all day

Upload your images of abandoned places and things for your chance to win a MACRO 48 LED Ring Light Ultra High Power and a large Deluxe Pro photo backpack.

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 for your favourites from April 18 to May 3. The Peoples Choice Award winner will receive a Fire HD 8 Tablet 16GB.

The amateur winner will receive a large Deluxe Pro photo backpack

Apr
19
Thu
A PLACE OF WORSHIP photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 19 all day

Church, cathedral, synagogue, mosque, temple, shrine, there are so many names for different places of worship. The architecture is often photogenic. Upload your best images of places of worship for your chance to win a Bestlight Photo Studio Ultra High Power LED Light.

Vote for your favourite photos from April 20 to May 8 to help ViewBug find the winner of this photo contest. The more you vote, the better the results. The top photos receiving the most votes will be viewed by our judges. One winner out of the most voted photos will be selected as the People’s Choice Winner and win a Pocket Spotlight.

Apr
25
Wed
RULE OF SECONDS photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 25 all day

Submit photos showing the main subject dividing the frame in two, and you could win a DJI Mavic Spark, a mini drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired.

Vote from April 26 to May 9.

Apr
27
Fri
STREET ART photo contest @ ViewBug
Apr 27 all day

Photograph any type of street art and submit it for your chance to win your choice of a Canon EOS Rebel T6 or a Nikon D3300 with NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens.

To minimize its impact on this amazing planet, ViewBug is proud to present 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!

Voting is open from April 28 to May 11.

Apr
29
Sun
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.

May
1
Tue
WILDLIFE photo contest @ ViewBug
May 1 all day

Go wild with this wildlife photography contest and you could win a pre-owned Canon EOS 77D camera body.

To minimize its impact on this amazing planet, ViewBug is proud to present 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 ViewBug to offer even bigger prizes. Classic win win!

May
2
Wed
ANYTING WATER photo contest @ ViewBug
May 2 all day

Share your most creative water photographs for your chance to win a DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone. To minimize our impact on our amazing planet, ViewBug presents 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 ViewBug to offer even bigger prizes. Classic win win!

Vote for your favourite image between May 3 and 16.

May
3
Thu
Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition @ Canadian Museum of Nature
May 3 all day

This delightful, annual photo exhibition—now in its ninth edition—presents the winners of the 2016 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year contest.

Feast your eyes upon 20 amazing photographs that give us unique insights and intensify our interest in the natural world.

This year’s categories are:

Animals in Action
Watery Wildlife
Things with Wings
Little Life
Young Photographers.
Don’t miss this wonderful collection of photos that capture Canada’s beautiful wildlife and get inspired to grab a camera and take a hike!

Come see the exhibition in the museum’s Stone Wall gallery.