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Join us for a wildlife and nature photo walk!
Thursday, April 25, 5:30 pm to 7 pm

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SPARK Photo Festival Update April 2024

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. April 2024 brings the 11th annual festival 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 bring 26 new photographic exhibits for you to explore this April with works from over 100 photographers! There are 24 Open Call Exhibits to experience, in shops, cafes, libraries, retirement residences, community centres and more! Visit the Exhibits 2024 page to see the lists, read about the photographers and see sample images. Then, pick up a print brochure at one of the exhibit venues, visit our Interactive Map and download the Toureka! mobile app to plan your SPARK touring. Be sure to check the Events page to take in Workshops, Receptions and your opportunities to meet the photographers. Click the Festival 2024 tab in the main menu for all the resources.

SPARK Signature Exhibits: Our two Signature Exhibits are displayed at the YMCA Balsillie Family Branch, Peterborough.

Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit 
- discover 5 area artists and their work, being shown to the public for the very first time. This program and exhibit is generously funded by: Bellwether Family Wealth – Weichel & Associates, Griffin’s Greenhouses, Pearle Vision Peterborough and Stoneguide Realty Ltd. Click here to read more about the exhibit and the artists!

Themed Juried Exhibit "Textures" the 25 photographic images selected by the jury from submissions from photographers from across Ontario. The  award-winning images were announced on Sunday, April 7th at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. Visit the Exhibit at the YMCA Balsillie Family Branch. Check out the award winners on the Textures Exhibit page, where you can also view the online exhibit of bonus images in the SPARK Selects Texture Virtual Exhibit.

Watch the newsletter and social media for more Festival activities throughout the month!

We are currently seeking sponsors and donors for the 2024 Festival in April to help make this important community event bigger and better. Please visit our Support SPARK page to learn about our current opportunities, or email Festival Director Jennifer MacKenzie at info@sparkphotofestival.org to work out a fit for you.

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.

In particular, we appreciate the support of the LLF Lawyers, the 2024 City of Peterborough Community Investment Grant, and our corporate and private sponsors and supporters. We also extend gratitude to the the City of Peterborough Community Investment Grant, Peterborough Arts Alive Fund through Electric City Culture Council and the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough., and the Ontario Trillium Foundation 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 look forward to, once again, sharing the SPARK Photo Festival with the community through April 2024!

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


2024 Open Call Exhibits

Registration for 2024 now closed.

Watch for our Exhibits 2024 listing to be released in March and plan your April festival touring.


2024 Themed Juried Exhibit

Call for Entries is now closed!
Thank you to all who entered! Watch your inboxes in early March for announcement of the selected images, and follow along on social

The 2024 Juried Exhibit Theme was Texture.
Best in Show was awarded to Wall with Four Pots, The Kasbah by Lola Reid Allin
Visit the Juried Exhibit Page to see all of the winners and a virtual exhibit of bonus images from the 2024 Texture theme.
Click to view past Virtual Exhibits in our archives, too!

2024 Best in Show - Wall with Four Pots, The Kasbah by Lola Reid Allin



Light the SPARK

Emerging Artists Exhibit Program

Applications for the 2024 program now closed.

2023 Light the SPARK Emerging Artist Exhibit Participants



Program Information and Online Application (CLOSED)