SPARK Photo Festival Showcase – YMCA Balsillie Family Branch 2023

Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence: Juried Exhibit Winners

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2014 SPACE[s] Honourable Mention -Light & Mist Infused by Astrid Manske

2016 Shadows 3rd Place-Sunnyside Runner by Brian Tyson

2018 Reflections 2nd Place-Marine Reflection by Bryan Jones

2020 Motion 2nd Place-Dancer 1 by Steve Donnelly

SPARK Showcase Exhibit
Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence: Juried Exhibit Winners


YMCA Balsillie Family Branch
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2023 Showcase Committee

  • Jennifer MacKenzie
  • Jay Nutt

    Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence: Juried Exhibit Winners

    Annually, since the inaugural exhibit in 2014, the SPARK Photo Festival hosts a themed juried exhibit. A theme is selected by the committee to define a photographic technique or subject. The theme is meant to challenge the photographer to either create new work or reassess previous work.

    The Call for Entries is open to submissions from any photographer, of any skill level, who is a resident of the province of Ontario. The submitted images are required to be the same standardized aspect ratio (size and shape) to ensure all works are judged on their inherent value rather than on any other factor.

    A jury of photography professionals is selected by the committee. The jury members evaluate all submissions received and determine the images they collectively deem as the best for the exhibit. Images are judged anonymously with all identifying information removed. Evaluation criteria by the jury include technical excellence, originality, creativity, composition, representation of the theme and overall quality and impact of the image.

    The selected images (25 or 30 for these past exhibits) are printed, matted and framed in a standardized size and format by the committee and installed as the SPARK Photo Festival Themed Juried Exhibit. In recent years, with the growth of the number of submissions, additional selected images are curated into a virtual exhibit to be shared online.

    From the top 25 or 30 in the print exhibit, the jury determines the top 4 as the award winners. The names of the awards varied over the years; each year featured a Best in Show for the top image, with 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honourable Mentions awards for the remaining 3 places.

    Over the 10 years of the Juried Exhibit, hundreds of photographers have submitted well over 1100 images for consideration. Here, we celebrate the top four from each year!

    SPARK Photo Festival Exhibit Juried Themes:

    • 2014 SPACE[s]
    • 2015 Parallels
    • 2016 Shadows
    • 2017 Framed
    • 2018 Reflections
    • 2019 Family Life
    • 2020 Motion
    • 2021 Nourish
    • 2022 Monochrome
    • 2023 Water

    Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors, jury members, host venues and participants who have contributed to the SPARK Photo Festival Juried Exhibit and the audience who have visited the exhibits. This celebration of excellence is a toast to you all.

    Jury Members Over the Years:

    • Rick Bell
    • Wayne Eardley
    • Rita Godlevskis
    • Wendy Gonneau
    • Bill Hornbostel
    • Michael Hurcomb
    • Darcie Kennedy
    • Bonnie Kubica
    • Fynn Leitch
    • Sam Moss
    • Gary Mulcahey
    • Randall Romano
    • Brian Tyson
    • Paul Van Damme
    • Charles van den Ouden
    • Arnold Zageris

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