Call for Submissions

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is a month-long celebration of the art and profession of photography in Toronto. The call for submissions for Featured Exhibition proposals for the 2016 Festival is now closed. Decision letters with be sent out in mid-December 2015.

The Featured Exhibitions category showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes outstanding photo-based projects. These exhibitions are highlighted prominently in the Festival's programming and communications, including the CONTACT magazine, website, and newsletter. The Featured Exhibitions benefit from promotion and coverage through CONTACT’s extensive public relations initiatives and draw significant attention to the artists and venues involved.

CONTACT welcomes submissions from emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists and curators. The call 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 2016, and must have a confirmed exhibition space. 

See an example of a Featured Exhibition magazine page here.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: November 16, 2015 by 5pm.

Please submit the following by email as a zipped folder (no larger than 8MB) or by file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to

Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

1. 10 images representing the specific project you wish to present. Image files must be in jpeg format and no larger than 1024 pixels wide. 
2. An image list indicating artist name, title, medium, dimensions in inches, and year for each image. 
3. One-page exhibition summary outlining to concept and content. Please include exhibition title, dates, name of exhibiting artist(s), and gallery/venue name. 
4. A curriculum vitae or biography of the artist(s).
5. Contact information including name, address, telephone, and email for the main exhibition contact person. Please note you must designate one person as the main point of contact.

Please Note:
We no longer accept hard copy submissions
- Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted
- Priority is given to works that have not yet been exhibited in Toronto
- Priority is given to those presenting in professional-quality spaces
- The exhibition space must hold public viewing hours
- Decision letters with be sent out in mid-December 2015

Deadlines + Fees

A registration fee applies:
Early Registration Fee - available until November 6, 2015.
$400 + HST per exhibition
Regular Registration Fee - takes effect November 7, 2015.
$465 + HST per exhibition

Please visit to register your exhibition and submit payment. If your proposal is not selected as a Featured Exhibition, your exhibition is still an important part of the festival and will be included in the Open Exhibition category, provided that you have registered the exhibition on our website. 

Fees are subject to 13% HST and due by the registration deadline. Registration fees can can be paid by cheque, cash, money order and Visa & Mastercard via PayPal. A PayPal link is available upon registration.

Questions or concerns? Please consult our FAQ, or contact us at / 416-539-9595.



The Gattuso Prize

Featured Exhibitions are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in the Festival. Selected by a jury, the award decision is based on the calibre and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and the overall impact and presentation of the exhibition.

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