Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted; applicants will be notified in mid-December.



To be considered as a Featured Exhibition you must send a proposal to us by the deadline of November 14, 2014. Proposals are reviewed and juried by CONTACT and decision letters will be sent out in mid-December 2014.

The call is open to all exhibitions of photo-based works focusing on any subject matter. The jury will be looking to showcase a broad spectrum of solo and group exhibitions, by emerging and established artists working in a range of subject matter. Exhibitions must have a confirmed venue, and priority will be given to those presented in professional spaces. 

Please note you must register on our website before submitting a proposal and registration fees apply, see below.

Featured Exhibition benefits include:
One full page in the CONTACT Festival magazine with a 200-word description of the exhibition and one image reproduction; 
One web page with up to three images on the Festival website;
Listings for related artist talks, events and openings in our promotional materials;
Press access to your downloadable image on the website;
CONTACT venue signage;
Free copies of the CONTACT Festival Magazine;
Option to sell your magazines for the cover price, and keep the proceeds.

CONTACT’s Featured Exhibitions are highlighted prominently in the festival magazine, website, and promotional materials. These exhibitions often receive extensive press coverage throughout the festival.

See an example of a Featured Exhibition magazine page here.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: November 14, 2014 by 5PM

The call for submissions is open to proposals for solo or group exhibitions on any subject matter, and to all photo-based practices. To be eligible, shows must take place for a minimum of two weeks during the month of May, and must have a confirmed exhibition space. Priority will be given to those presenting in professional-quality spaces. 

Submissions must include:
1. EXHIBITION PROPOSAL: A concise one-page summary of the exhibition concept and content. Please include exhibition title, dates, name of exhibiting artist(s), venue name, address, telephone, email, and venue contact person.
2. SUPPORT MATERIAL: Include a maximum of 15 digital files on disc (jpeg format, maximum 1 MB each) and a corresponding list with the artist’s name, dimensions of work, media, title, and year of production.
3. CURRICULUM VITAE: For each artist participating in the exhibition, include a concise one-page CV or other relevant biographical information.
4. CONTACT INFO: Include name, address, telephone, and email, for the exhibition contact person (if different from venue contact).

Send submissions by mail to:
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
Please send a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE if you would like your submission returned.


By file hosting service (such as Dropbox, WeTransfer) to: 

Deadlines + Fees

Featured Exhibition Proposal Deadline: November 14, 2014

Early Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014
Regular Registration Deadline: December 5, 2014


$400 Early Registration
A reduced fee for those who register early, available until November 7, 2014.

$465 Regular Registration
Regular registration fee takes effect November 8, 2014.



* Fees are subject to HST and are due upon registration (cheque, cash, money order, and Visa & Mastercard via Pay Pal). A Paypal link is available upon registration.


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