The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival kicks off this year at the Ryerson Image Centre. Please join us for the launch of the 2017 Festival and the opening of numerous exhibitions and outdoor installations at Ryerson.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of confederation, the Festival’s artistic vision focuses on Canada through a series of exhibitions, public installations and events. From documentary explorations of the nation’s shifting landscape and inhabitants, to projects that challenge perceptions of history and definitions of photography, CONTACT 2017 presents outstanding projects by established and emerging Canadian artists and curators.

Throughout the month of May, CONTACT takes over the city with more than 200 exhibitions and events. Full details available online April 1, 2017.

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.


How to Participate

CONTACT's call for artist participation opens annually in October. Please visit our site in early Fall 2017 for more details. We invite photographic artists to be a part of CONTACT either as an Open Exhibition or a Featured Exhibition. Open Exhibitions are non-juried, while Featured Exhibitions are subject to a submission process.

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT's curated programming, including Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations and Special Events.



The Festival’s curated programming—Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations—explores diverse subjects, motivated by artistic innovation and critical discourse locally, nationally and internationally. Collaborating with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic imagery that reflects issues relevant to our times and the history of the medium. In high profile sites, installations of images transform everyday activity in public space into unique encounters with works of art that resonate with their environment.

CONTACT’s community initiatives foster a wide range of interest in photography and enable meaningful exchanges between the people who make and present art, and those that view it. Selected through a call for submissions, Featured Exhibitions of lens-based works by artists from Canada and around the world are presented at established galleries across the city.

The foundation of CONTACT was based on an open call to participate, enabling emerging artists and photographers to show their work concurrent with exhibitions of works by leading professionals. Today the Open Exhibitions continue to encourage neighbourhood involvement at local galleries, community centres, educational and international institutions, cafes, retail stores, and many alternative locations.

CONTACT organizes and co-presents numerous Events and Workshops, including portfolio reviews, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and tours. Catering to all levels of interest in photography, these initiatives stimulate dialogue and encourage participation.

CONTACT reflects the all-encompassing influence of images in society and the extraordinary breath and scope of photography today, presenting a broad spectrum of work by lens-based artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists. The Festival increases exposure for all participants, commissions new work, supports professional development and occasions to learn. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, established institutions and diverse community groups and organizations. CONTACT is an advocate for the creative potential of partnerships to expand the practices of all involved, broaden our audience reach and build engagement with the visual arts locally and globally.



CONTACT is an open forum for the promotion and discussion of photography. CONTACT is not responsible for the specific content or subject matter of any work displayed or advertised. Some exhibitions or materials may be offensive, upsetting or disturbing to some members of the public.


Darcy Killeen

Bonnie Rubenstein

Tara Smith (on leave until June 2017)

Heather Rigg

Benjamin Freedman

Brian St. Denis


Bartosz Gawdzik & Andrew Di Rosa

Shannon Anderson

Jen Cutts

Yarek Wazul



Edward Burtynsky
Sarah Dinnick, Chair
Erin Iles
Olga Korper
Paul Lalonde
Elizabeth Levitt
Andric Ljubodrag
Maia-Mari Sutnik

Advisory Board

Stephen Bulger
Edward Burtynsky
Sarah Dinnick
William Ewing
Sarah Milroy
Kenneth Montague
Penny Rubinoff
Lisa Steele


Darren Alexander
Linda Book
Stephen Bulger
Judith Tatar


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