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SPARK Photo Festival Update April 30, 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.

As the 2024 Festival comes to a close, we offer our sincere gratitude to the photographers for bringing the 745+ creative photographs to the community in 26 exhibits, the 22 host venues for opening your doors (and walls) for the exhibits and our financial sponsors, including LLF Lawyers, the 2024 City of Peterborough Community Investment Grant, and our corporate and private sponsors, patrons and supporters, for making the free-to-visit Festival possible. Special thanks our dedicated volunteer board directors, who are not only active in the fund-acquisition, strategy and planning, but as doers of all things to make it all happen.

Our dedicated Board members are:
Ken Powell, Chair
Bill Lockington, Co-founder
Christina Dedes
Heather Doughty
Michael Harris
Gwyneth Huggins
Teresa Kaszuba
Allen Rothwell
Helen Smith
Lynn Taylor

We are currently seeking sponsors and donors for the 2025 Festival in April to help make this important community event bigger and better. Please contact Festival Director Jennifer MacKenzie at info@sparkphotofestival.org to work out a fit for you.

We also extend gratitude to past supporters including 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 thank you for being part of our community and joining us in this celebration of photography!

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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, a video slideshow of the full exhibit 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)