Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Open Call Exhibitions

Registration for the 2021 Festival is now closed; thank you for your interest.

This non-juried category is open to all, encouraging a variety of photographic practices. Open Call Exhibitions can be held in any type of venue in the Greater Toronto Area, from art spaces to community centres, cafés, or retail shops. Exhibition spaces that can be safely visited outdoors, such as storefront window spaces, are also recommended for 2021.

Your exhibition and artist information will reach CONTACT’s extensive audience through the Festival catalogue (20,000 copies) and website (200,000 visitors.)

Benefits of registration include:
– Exhibition listing with 100-word description and one image reproduction in the CONTACT Catalogue
– One web listing with up to three images on the Festival website
– CONTACT venue signage
– Copies of the CONTACT Catalogue

While CONTACT optimistically plans for the Festival in May 2021, preparations are in place to adjust appropriately to evolving COVID-19 health and safety regulations.


Before submitting, all artists/exhibition organizers must secure a venue in which to hold the exhibition. The artists/organizers are responsible for all aspects of the exhibition production and presentation.

To accommodate evolving COVID-19 health and safety regulations, Open Call Exhibitions can also be presented online as a virtual exhibition by Canadian residents in the event that venues are closed or cannot be secured. Please contact for examples and FAQs about virtual exhibition presentation.

How to Register

After creating an account profile at our registration web portal, you will need the following information to complete your Open Call Exhibition registration.

1. Exhibition Title

2. Venue Details

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Accessibility information

3. Exhibition Details

  • Event Description (100 words)
  • Artist name(s)
  • Curated by, if applicable
  • Exhibition Dates
  • Hours of Operation
  • Event Email and URL, if applicable

Three Images

  • Upload JPEGs only
  • Minimum Dimensions : 1200px on short side
  • Recommended Dimensions: 2400px on short side
  • Maximum File Size: 7MB

Please note: you will have until January 18, 2021 to finalize this information for our catalogue.