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.


Open Call & Primary 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.

SPARK organized exhibits are called primary exhibit and these exhibits include 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 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

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

Exhibit Registration 2018

View the 2018 Exhibits


2018 Best in Show, Damselflies On Pondweed by Peter Clute

2018 Best in Show, Damselflies On Pondweed by Peter Clute

Family Life LogoThe theme of the 2019 Juried Exhibit, will be Family Life. Submissions details will be posted in September 2018.


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.

Juried Submissions


The 2019 Juried Exhibit theme will be Family Life. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019. Submissions will be open in September, 2018.




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.

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