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.
The 7th annual SPARK Photo Festival is scheduled for April 1 to April 30, 2019. Open call registration is not currently active but will be by September 2018.
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 previous festivals there have been several SPARK organized exhibits including the Showcase Exhibit of significant local heritage photography collections 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. In 2017/2018, SPARK also sponsored the Best of High School Photography exhibit.
For 2019, 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.
Open Call Registration
Open Call Registration for 2019 will be active starting in September, 2018. Closes January 14, 2019.
For registration assistance/questions please call Robert at (705) 741-5210 or (705) 313-9175.
The 2019 Juried Exhibit theme will be Family Life. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019. Submissions will be open in September, 2018.
SPARK SPiN Routes
How do you take your art? Cycling!
For 2019, SPARK Photo Festival has joined forces again with GreenUP and B!KE to provide festival goers with SPARK Spin self-guided cycling routes that will take you to exhibits in Peterborough, Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Douro, Campbellford, Warkworth, and Lindsay. in 2018, GreenUP also added a walking route. 2019 routes will be posted in March 2019.