The Toronto Star is an inaugural event that celebrates the great work done by keen amateur photographers throughout Canada.
The Awards are open to all amateur photographers, from the serious hobbyist to the casual 'in the moment' picture-taker and we welcome great images whether they are carefully composed works of photographic art or snapshots, which show inventiveness and spontaneity. Entries are also welcome from students and any amateur practicing the art of photography in any style once it conforms to the rules of the contest.
Photography is a discipline like no other that really blurs the line between professional and amateur. Some of the best photographs have been taken by amateurs. There is a large community of non-professional photographers active in Canada today who are committed to taking great photographs for whom photography is a passion. We were looking for a way to give this community a platform to celebrate and showcase their work to the nation wide Star audience. When the team at Picturk pitched the idea to the Star to run an Amateur Photography awards we jumped at the opportunity: we see this as an excellent opportunity to celebrate and give recognition to the great work done by non-professional photographers throughout Canada.
We have pulled together a judging panel of respected judges who represent the best photography practitioners and educators in Canada today to review each photograph entered in the Awards: Taras Slawnych, Claude Brazeau, Patti Gower, Todd Korol, Glenn Novak, Graeme Roy, Steve Russell , Boris Spremo, Connor Stefanison , and Tina Weltz .
Judges are looking for photographers who demonstrate a keen eye, and images that have impact, originality, and creativity.
Photographer of the Year - the $4,000 cash and equipment award is for the best portfolio or set of images entered in the awards. The photographs may be a variety of images across several categories or could be a set of images on a single theme entered in one or more categories. The photographer who win photographer of the year will also be invited back to join the judging panel to pick next years photographer of the year.
Photograph of the Year - the $4,000 cash and equipment award is for a single outstanding image selected by the judges as the most impressive image entered in the awards.
Each category winner will receive a Canon PIXMA Pro personal inkjet printer, worth $500.
Over the next 12 weeks, photographs entered in the Awards will appear in the online and print editions of the Toronto Star showcasing individual photographers work – the photographers will be fully credited when their work appears, and the work will only appear in connection with the Awards.
Each photograph entered in the Awards will be reviewed by 3 judges. A shortlist will be prepared of the best 300 to 400 images entered in Awards. Each shortlisted image will be reviewed by the entire judging panel to select the top images: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and the 3 honorable mentions in each category; the Photograph of the Year; and the Photographer of the Year. The shortlisted photographers work will be published in the awards catalogue which will be in iBook format and distributed to all Awards entrants. The shortlisted photographs will also be included in the virtual exhibition the Awards website. All work will be fully credited to the photographers.