Click the Exhibits link above for a list of 2021 Exhibits and Venues and for the downloadable mobile-friendly 2020/2021 Catalogue
Stay tuned to our social media (link above) and our newsletter for the latest updates.
Registration for Open Call Exhibits and the Themed Juried Exhibit are now closed.

For sponsorship opportunities, exhibit venue opportunities and enquiries, contact info@sparkphotofestival.org .

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SPARK Photo Festival Update

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. September 2021 will mark 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 photographers have been preparing their exhibits and are eager to show their work! On September 1st the Festival openened with exhibits delayed from 2020 and brand-new exhibits for 2021. There are outdoor exhibits, and exhibits in public venues–sometimes unexpected ones–as the community has grown to expect from SPARK. Two Themed Juried Exhibits: Motion and Nourish: To Eat, To Drink, To Enjoy featuring the top images as selected by our juries from submissions by photographers from across Ontario are be on display. The entire community will certainly be thrilled to see the Showcase Exhibit honouring the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

The winners of the Nourish Juried Exhibit have been announced. See them on the Nourish Juried Exhibit page and visit the display in downtown Peterborough on George Street, south of King, along the Venture North Parking lot garden. Congratulations to our two double-winners: Melissa Maahs and Laura Berman.

We extend our gratitude to the exhibitors and venues, sponsors, patrons and volunteers who continue to support the SPARK Photo Festival throughout these changes.

We look forward to sharing the talents SPARK Photo Festival with Peterborough, Northumberland and the Kawarthas for the month of September and we're already looking forward to April 2022!

Please reach out with any questions you may have. We truly appreciate your patience during this challenging time, and we wish you all well.

Jennifer MacKenzie, Festival Director, and the SPARK Board of Directors


2021 Themed Juried Exhibit

Entries for the 2021 Themed Juried Exhibit are now closed.
View the Exhibit in Downtown Peterborough in September 2021

See Exhibits page (link at the top).

The 2021 Juried Exhibit Theme was Nourish: To Eat, To Drink, To Enjoy.
Best in Show was awarded to Fine Art Pear by Melissa Maahs
Visit our Juried page to see the prize winners

Best in Show - Fine Art Pear by Melissa Maahs


Mobile-Friendly Digital Catalogue

New for 2021: Download the mobile-friendly Catalogue so you can take the SPARK Photo Festival 2021 with you on-the-go. 

2021/2020 SPARK Catalogue

Focus on Coffee Photo Competition

SPARK Photo Festival X Sparkplug Coffee X PhotoED Magazine

We teamed up with Sparkplug Coffee and PhotoED Magazine for this fun competition.
"Coffee at Home" was the theme!

The winner is Lucas DeClavasio of Toronto for his image, "Focus".

Lucas' image will be printed and exhibited in the Festival this September at Peterborough Square, lower level.

Click here for the SPARK Special Edition Sparkplug coffee featuring Lucas' winning image!