Welcome to the official SPARK Photo Festival website!

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 will mark the arrival of numerous photographic exhibits and artists, workshops, lectures and other related photographic events and activities in locations throughout the Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions.

SPARK Photo Festival Free Exhibitor Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30 am to noon
The Monocle Centre for the Arts, 140 Simcoe Street, 2nd Floor
Peterborough, ON, K9H 2H5

FREE ! This workshop, designed for photographers but open to any visual artist, will guide first-time exhibitors through the process of exhibit. Learn how to choose and self-curate an exhibit theme, prepare your work for print, explore a range of presentation and finishing techniques, secure a venue, & add value to your marketing. This workshop will inspire & build confidence. To pre-register: call Robert 705 741-5210 or send him an email: fireklix@nexicom.net or info@sparkphotofestival.com

Juried Exhibits 2016

Open Call Registration

The fifth annual SPARK Photo Festival is scheduled for April 1 to April 30, 2017. Registration is based upon an Open Call for Photographic Exhibit. It's also Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Registration Deadline: January 10, 2017

Juried Submitting

The theme of SPARK’s 2017 annual juried exhibit is Framed. Framing the subject is a standard technique in photographic composition, although the number ways in which you can accomplish this is almost unlimited. Deadline for submitting is February 1, 2017


SPARK 2017 will be a thought-provoking year for exhibit visitors. From the initial tentative, loosely organized exhibits of our inaugural year in 2013, the quality of work has grown confident, the points of view diverse, the presentation more professional and inspired, with photographers tackling new subjects and themes, often with complicated technical challenges and increasing contextual complexity. 2017 will mark SPARK's 5th Anniversary as a Photo Festival.


Examiner News Carriers 1945

Examiner News Carriers 1945

2017 SPARK Showcase Exhibit, the Loss of Innocence: The Birth of a Nation: Remembering 1917 and the Great War. In 2017, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It will also be a time to remember the 100th anniversary of significant World War 1 battles, most notably those at Vimy ridge (April 9 -12, 1917) and Passchendaele (November 1017)


Mara Gajic

Mara Gajic

SPARK’s Emerging Artist/Curator Exhibit in many ways “grew up” last year. In 2017, our emerging curator will be Erin Burke, SPARK's co-op intern from the U of Vic Visual Arts.


Best in Show 2016

Best in Show 2016

A juried exhibit ensures only the highest quality work is selected for exhibit. The exhibit to be titled Framed, will be on display during SPARK 2017, April 1 to April 30, at a prominent venue.


Open Call

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