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

Proceeds from workshop ticket sales will go directly to festival programming for April 2024 for all of the community to experience and enjoy.
Watch for news of additional workshops coming soon!

2024 Workshop Series

Learning Adobe Lightroom

Learn about the Lightroom ecosystem from the very basics, or learn how to better navigate and optimize your editing skills with trainer and long-time photographer Jim Babbage.

Sunday, March 24, 2024
2:00 to 5:00 PM
Hands-on Workshop
Grand Events, Brookdale Plaza, Peterborough
Click the blue button to buy your tickets today!

SPARK Photo Festival Update February 2024

The SPARK Photo Festival is a celebration of photography, and the artists, dreamers, innovators, storytellers, professionals and enthusiasts behind the camera lens. April 2023 celebrated the 10th Anniversary of SPARK and 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.

Registration and programs for 2024 are underway!

Open Call Exhibit registration is now open. SPARK Photo Festival 2024 is your opportunity to bring your photography to the community - all photographers of any skill level are welcome! Plan your exhibit theme (or go without a theme!) and choose a venue in city or county of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County or Alderville, Curve Lake or Hiawatha First Nations. You haven't found a venue yet? Get in touch and we'll help you find one. Register your exhibit today to be part of the 2024 SPARK Photo Festival. Click the red button below for all of the info you need and register today!

SPARK Emerging Artists Exhibit program returns for 2024! Applications have been processed and successful applicants have been notified and begun their journey to their first photography exhibit. Thanks so all who applied. Check out the 2023 Light the SPARK Emerging Artists Exhibit web page for the results of last year's program and watch for news in our e-newsletter and on social media about this year's exhibit as we progress.

The Call for Entries for the Themed Juried Exhibit "Textures" is now closed. Thank you so all who entered - there are certainly many talented photographers in our community. Watch for news about the competition on social media and in our e-newsletter over the coming weeks.

First-time Exhibitors Workshop was held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 9am to 12pm at Activity Haven in Peterborough. An enthusiastic group of participants learned about exhibiting their photography from Board Member Allen Rothwell and Festival Director, Jennifer MacKenzie.
Watch for announcements of more events in our workshop series soon!

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 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., 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 2023 Juried Exhibit Theme was Water.
Best in Show was awarded to Water Life by Kersti Meema
Visit the Juried Exhibit Page to see past winners and a virtual exhibit from the 2023 Water theme.

Best in Show: Water Life by Kersti Meema



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)