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SPARK Photo Festival Update November 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 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.

We're launching registration and programs for 2024! The Call for Entries for the Themed Juried Exhibit "Textures" is open November 2, 2023 through February 1, 2024. Submit your texture images today!

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! The special program for first-time exhibitors who are interested in exploring exhibiting their work but aren't quite ready to take on a full Open Call Exhibit themselves returns for 2024. Full details will be released in late November for those interested in applying to this program. Check out the 2023 Light the SPARK Emerging Artists Exhibit web page for the results of last year's program and watch our newsletter and social media for the call for applications for the class of 2024.

We are currently seeking sponsors and donors for the 2024 Festival next 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 is now open through February 7, 2024 at 8 PM.

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.

New for 2024: Early registrants may choose a three-installment payment plan for registration fees. Full details on the Exhibit Info and Registration page.


2024 Themed Juried Exhibit

Call for Entries for the 2024 Themed Juried Exhibit open November 2, 2023 through February 1, 2024!
Announcing the 2024 theme:
Click the red button for eligibility, tech specs and easy online entry!

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 will open in the fall of 2023.



Program and application information for 2024 will be updated in the fall of 2023.