The 6th annual SPARK Photo Festival is scheduled for April 1 to April 30, 2018. Open call registration is now active.

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. Every year, the month of April marks the arrival of numerous photographic exhibits and artists, in locations throughout the Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. Technical workshops, lectures, talks, films, and other related photographic events and activities take place year-round as well as during the festival.

Primary & Open Call Exhibits

The backbone of the SPARK festival can be attributed to the depth and variety of the Open Call Exhibits by regional photographers working at every skill level - student, enthusiast, fine art, and professional. The festival features more than 50 open call exhibit venues. A list of the registration categories for open call exhibits can be found below.

In addition there have been several SPARK organized exhibits including the Showcase Exhibit of significant local heritage photography collections; the Emerging Photographer/Curator Exhibit, contributing to the professional development of the next generation of photographic artists and curators; and the highly competitive Juried Exhibit contest, which, based on a theme, features 30 of the best submissions from across the Province of Ontario as selected by a panel of expert judges. For 2018, expect a few surprises as SPARK continues to evolve as a festival.

It is SPARK's inclusiveness and our celebration of the community of photographers that sets SPARK apart as a festival. That you will find photography in places where you least expect to, part of SPARK's charm.

As SPARK starts planning for its' 6th festival, we will no longer be able to boast about being the only regional festival celebrating photography in Canada. We are thrilled to learn that SPARK has inspired the creation of a 2nd Canadian regional photo festival in Barrie, Ontario, scheduled for the month of June. SPARK extends our warmest wishes to the organizers for a successful inaugural festival.

Open Call

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Featured
  • Community Organization
  • Corporate
  • Student Individual
  • Student Group

Exhibit Registration 2018

View the 2017 Exhibits


Canadian troops in Mons on Armistice Day 11 Nov. 1918

Canadian troops in Mons on Armistice Day Nov. 11, 1918

The 2017 SPARK Showcase Exhibit was titled, The Loss of Innocence: The Birth of a Nation: Remembering 1917 and the Great War. 

2017 Showcase Exhibit


Patrick Stephen

Patrick Stephen

2017. Emerging curator Erin Burke, of the U of Vic Visual Arts Program presented a group exhibit featuring graduates from arts programs at Peterborough secondary schools.

2017 Emerging Exhibit


Best of Show 2017, Bicycle Framed ©Brian Tyson

Best of Show 2017, Bicycle Framed ©Brian Tyson

The 2017 Juried Exhibit theme was Framed.The theme of the 2018 Juried Exhibit, will be Reflections. Submissions are open now.

Open Call Registration

Open Call Registration for 2018 is now active. Closes January 10, 2018.

Juried Submissions

The 2018 Juried Exhibit theme will be Reflections. Deadline for submission: February 9, 2018. Submissions are now open.



How do you take your art? Cycling!

In 2017, SPARK Photo Festival joined forces with Wild Rock, GreenUP, and B!KE to provide festival goers with five SPARK SPiN self-guided cycling routes  to exhibits in Peterborough, Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Douro, Campbellford, and Warkworth. SPARK SPiN will continue in 2018 with new routes based on 2018 exhibit locations. Read more