The 2023 Festival is open through April 30th! See below for updates and follow us on social.

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SPARK Photo Festival Update April 2023

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. April 2023 brings the 10th Anniversary of SPARK and we are celebrating with photographic exhibits popping up in locations throughout Peterborough city and county, Northumberland county and the City of 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.

We have 29 exhibits and the works of almost 100 photographers open for the month of April! Download the Toureka! mobile app and check out our Exhibits page to plan your own SPARK Photo Festival tour.

The photographers with images selected for the 2023 Themed Juried Exhibit have been notified by email. Thank you to all who entered.
The print exhibit is on display April 1st to April 29th at Chasing the Cheese in Peterborough. We are grateful for funding support of the exhibit by Cambium. A virtual exhibit of SPARK Selects is now available on the Juried Exhibit page. The award winners were  announced at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 2 see the exhibit page for winners.

Our new program for first-time exhibitors, Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit, has culminated in a group exhibit now on display for the 2023 Festival at the Peterborough Public Library, funded in part by the Peterborough DBIA. See the exhibit page for all of the info and to read about each artist.

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We extend our gratitude to the exhibitors and venues, sponsors, patrons and volunteers who continue to support the SPARK Photo Festival and allow us to bring photographic art to the community. We look forward to welcoming previous exhibitors and new photographers alike and have exciting plans in progress to celebrate the history and future of SPARK.

In particular, we appreciate the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Fund, the City of Peterborough Investment Grant and our corporate and private sponsors. We also extend gratitude to the Peterborough Arts Alive Fund through Electric City Culture Council and the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough., for their support through 2021 and 2022. Please see the full list of supporters and show your appreciation for our supporters by supporting their businesses and community endeavours.

We are currently seeking sponsors and donors for the 10th Anniversary Festival in April. Please visit our Support SPARK page to learn about our current opportunities, or email me at to work out a fit for you to support this important community event.

We look forward to, once again, sharing the SPARK Photo Festival with the community through April 2023!

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

Take SPARK 2023 with you. Download the free Toureka! mobile app!


Thanks to Caley Bedore and Global Peterborough for sharing some highlights of the 2023 Festival!

2023 Open Call Exhibits

Registration for 2023 is now closed.

Photographers of all skill levels welcome.
Find your venue in Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes or Northumberland.
Click the red button for all of the info and easy online registration


2023 Themed Juried Exhibit

Call for Entries for the 2023 Themed Juried Exhibit is now closed!
Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned for the reveal of the Exhibit on April 1st.
Image of bubbles in water in background. SPARK Photo Festival logo with wording :Water and Themed Juried Exhibit 2023

The 2022 Juried Exhibit Theme was Monochrome.
Best in Show was awarded to Financial Shuffle by Randall Romano
Visit the Juried Exhibit Page to see past winners and a virtual exhibit from the 2022 Monochrome theme.



Light the SPARK

Emerging Artists Exhibit Program

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.
Watch for the Exhibit opening April 1st at Peterborough Public Library.




2022 SPARK Photo Festival Virtual Opening and Monochrome Juried Awards