Contemporary Photo Competition

Thank you for your interest in the SNAP 2018 Contemporary Photography Competition.
The contest will run from Aug. 27 - Nov. 8, 2017.
Please check back for further updates. Good luck!

How It Works

  • Selected entries will become part of the Silent Auction at SNAP 2018, Toronto's most exciting contemporary art auction, taking place Thursday March 22, 2018. All proceeds of the Silent Auction support the programs and services of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Photographic entries will be submitted by email. Photos selected for the Silent Auction will be printed and mounted by our print sponsor.

    All photographers and photo-based artists are welcome.

    A total of 7 prizes will be awarded as follows:
    Jim P. Shea Award for Best Overall Submission - $1,000
    Rising Star Award of Merit - $500 (to be awarded to an individual enrolled in a post-secondary Photography or Arts based program)
    5 Awards of Merit - $500 (each)

  • All entries must be completed online and submitted by 11:59 PM EST Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
  • A $30 submission fee for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry (click here to pay online!).
  • A .jpg file of photograph(s). No watermarks please.
    - Resolution size: Any dimension with a Maximum 1280 pixels on the longest side, .jpg files only please
    - File naming: TitleYourInitials, example Red Car by Karl Smith file name is "RedCarKS"
    - No characters, symbols, punctuation or spaces.
    All entrants will be notified the week of November 20, 2017. Those selected to participate in the SNAP 2018 Silent Auction will receive instructions for uploading their print ready files. Print ready files must be received by Thursday, November 30, 2017.
  • ACT reserves the right to withold any submissions from exhibition or sale that fail to meet the expectation of quality elicited through the original .jpg submission.
  • Artist Name and Title of Work will appear at auction beside the work to ensure the artists' image(s) are properly credited.
  • Each print will be labeled on the back with the artists' name and image title, and "SNAP 2018 Silent Auction Selection".
  • Contact information will only be used for the purpose of contacting the contestant with regard to the SNAP event and to advise them of future SNAP events, unless the contestant has otherwise indicated on their submission form.
  • All submissions must comply with the SNAP Contemporary Photo Competition and Silent Auction Rules as outlined. All other submissions may be disqualified. Please read the SNAP 2017 Official Rules.

    Thank you and good luck!

    Questions? Please contact Justin Cordeaux, Senior Special Events Coordinator -ACT, at

SNAP 2018 Official Rules:

ACT welcomes all original work for submission in the SNAP 2018 Contemporary Photo Competition and Silent Auction.

  • Submission Deadline - 11:59pm EST Wednesday November 8, 2017
  •  Each image, other than photo-based art, must be original photography taken by the contestant. In the case of photo-based art, the work must include at least one photo-based image.
  •  All submissions are considered anonymously for the Photo Competition category awards and the SNAP Auction selections.
  •  All funds raised via the Photo Competition and Photo Competition Auction support ACT's programs and services to assist those living with, at risk, or affected by HIV and AIDS.
  •  All Photo Competition Category winners and silent auction selects will be decided by jury. Winners will be notified the week of November 20, 2017. The selected images will be posted in the SNAP 2018 online Silent Auction gallery shortly afterward.
  • Once notified, award winners and auction selects have until 11:59pm EST Thursday, November 30, 2017 to upload a high-resolution print ready file. Details will be provided by email.
  •  All award winning images and auction selections will be clearly credited to the artist and available for purchase through the Silent Auction at SNAP 2018 on Thursday March 22, 2018.
  •  Contestants may submit an unlimited amount of entries at a price of $30 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional entry up to 8 entries. More than 8 entries starts again at $30 , and $10 for each additional entry. For example:
    • 5 entries cost $70
    • 8 entries cost $100
    • 9 entries cost $130
    • 11 entries cost $150
  • Photos selected at Photo Competition winners and for the Silent Auction will be printed by the SNAP! Silent Auction Printing Sponsor according to ACT's specifications.
  •  Employees and immediate family members of ACT, the SNAP Sponsorship Committee, sponsors and suppliers are not eligible for the Photo Competition awards, but they may be selected for the Silent Auction.
  •  Photo Competition award winners and Auction Selections will be chosen by the jury, based on artistic and technical merit. Decisions of the jury will be final.
  •  Contestants must be the sole owner of the copyright for all images and are responsible for model releases on any image submitted. As such, the contestant holds ACT harmless from any breach of copyright in Canada, the U.S.A. or internationally.
  •  Award winners and silent auction selects retain full copyright and reproduction rights to their work with the following limitations:
    • All award winning entries and silent auction selects become the property of ACT to be sold at Silent Auction at SNAP 2018. Only one print will be produced for each of the Silent Auction selections.
    • ACT reserves the right to reproduce the image in marketing and promoting SNAP events for a maximum of two years after the 2018 event. When so used the submission will be marked with the proper © notice and credited to the maker.
    • Buyers of an image at the SNAP Photo Competition Auction obtains the single right to hang and privately display the purchased image(s). No other rights are included or implied.
  •  Participation in the SNAP 2018 Photo Competition indicates your complete acceptance of these competition rules.
  •  Be advised that exclusive copyright for images not selected will not be infringed upon.
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