We're getting ready for the 2023 SPARK Photo Festival, opening April 1st. See below for updates and follow us on social.

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


SPARK Photo Festival Update January 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 plans are underway to celebrate 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.

The Call for Entries for the 2023 Themed Juried Exhibit is now open, through February 1st, 2023. Enter your Water images today! Click below for details and easy online entry.

Open Call Exhibit registration is now open, through February 8th, 2023. We want you to join us for the 10th Anniversary Festival. Click below for details and easy online registration.

Our new program for first-time exhibitors, Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit, for selected applicants is in progress. This program will culminate in a group exhibit for the 2023 Festival at the Peterborough Public Library, funded in part by the Peterborough DBIA.
Sponsorships for this innovative program are available. Email info@sparkphotofestival.org to discuss how you can support these talented emerging artists.

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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 info@sparkphotofestival.org 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

Be ready to take SPARK 2023 with you. Download the free Toureka! mobile app!
The app will show you all of the SPARK Exhibit details starting in late March 2023.


2023 Themed Juried Exhibit

Call for Entries for the 2023 Themed Juried Exhibit is now open!
Open to all Ontario residents. Photographers of all skills levels welcome.
Entries close February 1st 2023 at 8pm EST.
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.



2023 Open Call Exhibits

Register now for your SPARK 2023 Exhibit!
Be part of the 10th Anniversary Festival!

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


Light the SPARK

Emerging Artists Exhibit Program

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.
Selected participants will be notified by email on January 16, 2023.




2022 SPARK Photo Festival Virtual Opening and Monochrome Juried Awards