Submit to the Juried Exhibit

Exhibit Overview

Best in Show, 2017, Bicycle Framed by Brian Tyson

Best in Show, 2017, Bicycle Framed by Brian Tyson

A juried exhibit ensures only the highest quality work is selected for exhibit. The exhibit to be titled Reflections will be on display during SPARK 2018, April 1 to April 30, at a prominent venue. SPARK, at their discretion may extend the duration of the exhibit.

30 individual works will be chosen from all works submitted by a panel of qualified and experienced judges using a blind judging process. Each submission is re-named with a random letter or number. The judges will not know either the name of the photographer or the title of the photograph. Student registrants will be judged alongside their adult peers. Each selected work will be prepared by the SPARK juried exhibit curators to be an exhibit-ready work. This is to insure consistent print quality and consistent print size. Standardizing the image size as well as the presentation materials is meant to insure all images will be judged on their inherent quality rather than on any other factor.

Exhibit curators will not be involved in the judging other than as a facilitators for the judging process.

Photographers will be given the choice of supplying their own print or of having SPARK produce a print on their behalf. If supplying a print, it must be supplied at the final presentation specifications (see below for details). Exhibit curators will decide on exhibit presentation details (framing materials, hanging position, venue, etc.)

2016 Juried Exhibit Award Winners – Theme: Shadows

There will be a reception during which awards, certificates, and prizes will be presented to exhibiting photographers.

 Awards will be presented to selected exhibiting photographers in the following categories:

  • Best of Show (approximate value $300) 2018 Prize TBA
  • First Place (approximate value $100) 2018 Prize TBA
  • Second Place (approximate value $75) 2018 Prize TBA
  • Third Place (approximate value $50) 2018 Prize TBA

Approximate prize values may be higher or lower depending on the manufacturer’s suggested retail value. All prizes are non-transferable. There will be No Cash Subsitution in lieu of an awarded prize.

Photographers who submit work, whether selected for exhibit or not, are eligible for an exciting prize of a photo book (approximate value $75) to be drawn on the day of the award presentations. You have to be in attendance at the exhibit reception to be eligible for the draw prize. Ballots will be drawn until a winner steps forward. 2018 Draw Prize: TBA

2015 Juried Exhibit Award Winners – Theme: Parallels

2018 Theme

The theme of SPARK’s 2018 annual juried exhibit is “Reflections”.

A reflection can simply be defined as an image that is seen reflected in a mirror or on any reflective surface.

Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and exceptional images.

Photographing water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The great thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something straightforward to something richer or abstract. In essence, a more artistic photograph.

This competition will utilize the photographer’s keen awareness of their surroundings, to create an abstract or document reflections. This can be done in a variety of environments including: urban, rural and natural areas. Reflections can be seen in a variety of surfaces such as windows, water, metal, mirrors, clouds, eyes, skies and ice to name a few. Please send us your best creative “reflection” images.

Examples of reflection images can be viewed on-line at:


This themed and juried exhibit is open to all photographers residing in the province of Ontario. SPARK Juried Exhibit curators and judges are not eligible to submit images.


Each photographer can submit up to a maximum of three images.

Submission Fees Per Image

Fees are based on the total number of images submitted. Photographers who have registered an exhibit at SPARK 2018, either individually or as a member of a group exhibit, are eligible to receive a fee reduction.

  • Students $10.00 per image
  • Registered SPARK Exhibitor in 2018 $12.00 per image
  • Photographer Not Registered to Exhibit during SPARK 2018 $15.00 per image

How to Submit

Download Printable PDF of Reflections Entry Form

Deadline: February 9, 2018

There are three parts to a submission. These steps can be done manually using snail mail or online. For online submission, click on Step 1 below:

Submit entry form, payment, and all materials by mail or courier to:

SPARK Juried Exhibit
c/o Package Plus
Box 278, 171A Rink St.,
Peterborough, ON K9J 2J6

Judging Process

The judging process is a two-step process.

Each submission work will be assigned a random number. Judges will not know either the photographer’s name or image title until after the two-step process is complete.

In the first step, 30 images will be selected for exhibit through a “blind” judging process. Once these initial selections are printed, framed, and installed, in their final exhibit presentation format and venue, the judges will make their final choice for Best in Show, and for First, Second, and Third place awards.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Representative of and/or inspired by the exhibit theme
  • Originality and creativity
  • Composition
  • Overall photographic quality

Judge bios will be availble on the website. (TBA)


If your photograph(s) are selected for exhibit, you will be notified in advance of the reception date by email. All prize winners will be announced at the exhibit reception. The draw prize will also take place during the reception. Please note: due to the large volume of submissions, SPARK cannot notify entrants whose work has not been selected for exhibit.

Exhibit Presentation

With the final images selected by the judges, photographers will have the choice of submitting their own unframed print for exhibit or choose to have SPARK produce a print on their behalf. Selected images that don’t reproduce well in print because of low resolution may be disqualified.

Deadline for the submission of photographer produced prints is February 15, 2018.

Choice of framing material, matt material, image opening size, hanging position in relation to other images, hanging hardware, lighting, venue, signage, or any other exhibit presentation variable will be made by the exhibit curators. Curator bios will be available on the website. TBA

Technical Specifications & Photographer Prints

Submitted image files should be re-named as follows: Your Surname_ImageTitle_FileExtension (jpg/tiff) (e.g. Smith_Sunset_jpg)

Submitted image files should be at the maximum resolution available in jpg or tif format only. Suggested minimum submission size acceptable for a final exhibit print size of 17×11 is 5184×3456 pixels at 300 ppi.

Selected image files larger than this will be reduced in size. Selected image files smaller than this can still be printed but with no guarantee of quality.

SPARK strongly advises that submitted files be cropped to the same aspect ratio of the print size in advance by the photographer. In cases where the image has not been re-sized or cropped to size, the photo will be printed at a size that will fit or fill the standard exhibit print size width of 17”x11”. Cropping will take place if necessary, and will be at the discretion of SPARK. Medium format image submissions in a square format are acceptable. Square image final print size will be 11”x11” to fit a square opening but will be framed in the standard rectangular shaped frame.

While capture sharpening is acceptable, please do not apply output sharpening to your digital file submissions. This type of sharpening is dependant on the output print device.

BW/colour film-based (analog) photographs can be submitted for judging as either a digital copy file or as an analog print no larger than 17”x11” for the first step of the judging processs. If necessary, photographers submitting analog BW/colour prints for judging, if selected, may be requested to supply a second print for exhibit

2014 Juried Exhibit Award Winners – Theme: Spaces

Sale of Exhibit Prints

Framed and matted images can be purchased on the last day of the exhibition for $200 per framed print, Funds raised by sale of exhibit prints go toward supporting future SPARK programing. The purchaser must arrange to pick up the framed image on this day only. SPARK cannot deliver.

As SPARK’s policy is to only use the exhibit print for fundraising, in cases where more than one person is interested in purchasing the same image, that person will be re-directed to the exhibit photographer who is the author of that image.

The Fine Print

The SPARK Photo Festival is a not-for-profit (NFP) corporation operated by a volunteer board and volunteer organizing committee.

By submitting images to SPARK, the photographer can agree or not agree, as is their choice and preference, to allow the sale of any selected exhibit work (the print produced by SPARK for the exhibit) as part of a fundraising effort for SPARK. With the agreement of the photographer, only the single image printed by SPARK for exhibit purposes will be used for fundraising. There will be no additional photographic print production from any selected exhibit image. In cases where the photographer does not agree to allow the exhibit print to be used by SPARK as part of a fundraising effort, post-exhibit, that print will be destroyed.

Submission of image(s) does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibit Reflections. All final exhibit selections are at the discretion and final decision of the judges and are not subject to appeal.

The photographer owns and retains all copyright to the images submitted.

SPARK will assume limited usage rights to the selected images as outlined below:

SPARK will not use any submitted work(s) that has not been selected for the final public print exhibit for either reproduction, promotion, or for any other purpose whatsoever. All unselected digital files will be deleted from SPARK databases and archives, and any unselected submitted print destroyed.

By submitting images to the SPARK Juried Exhibit, the photographer agrees, to allow all selected exhibit prints, whether produced by the photographer or produced by SPARK, to be exhibited by SPARK.

By submitting images to SPARK, the photographer further agrees, to allow all selected exhibit image files to be reproduced by SPARK and its agents, exhibit sponsor(s) and suppliers, for juried exhibit promotional purposes, in any media without restriction for one calendar year starting March 1, 2018 and continuing until March 1, 2019.

All Awarded Selections however, may continue to be used for future SPARK juried exhibit promotional activities, in print, and on various SPARK websites and social media sites. Awarded Selections, as well as all other selections will not be printed more than once for fundraising purposes. Exhibit prints will be the only prints allowed for fundraising purposes.

The photographer further agrees that all exhibit selections whether prize winners or not can be used for the creation of a screen-resolution web-based archive/gallery that may be posted on the SPARK website or on social media sites in perpetuity. Web based galleries will include photo credits.

By submitting an entry form and images, the submitting photographer acknowledges they have read and understood all the conditions and rules of this contest.