$12,500 in Awards & Prizes

$4,000 cash and equipment prize for Overall Winner: the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year.

$4,000 cash and equipment prize for Best Photograph as selected by the Judging Panel.

$4,500 prizes to be shared amongst the category winners.

Photographer of the Year & Photograph of the Year

$4,000 cash and prizes for Photographer of the Year (best portfolio of images entered), and Photograph of the Year (best photo of all entries); each are awarded $1,300 cash and Canon’s Ultimate Photography Bundle to the value of $2,739.96. Canon Ultimate Photography Bundle includes a EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only), an EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, a PIXMA PRO-100 Inkjet Printer $499.99, and a Tamrac DSLR Travel Bag. The EOS 70D features built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting, full HD recording that rivals professional camcorders and its 3.0" touch LCD screen allows you to shoot from high and low angles. The 70-200mm f/4L USM lens is equipped with L-series glass, which is a professional grade coveted by many pro photographers. The zoom range on this lens will get you in close from a distance and features incredibly fast auto-focusing thanks to its Ultra Sonic Motor. Once the photos have been captured, you can print out beautiful gallery-quality prints with your PIXMA PRO-100 inkjet printer that comes with built-in Wi-Fi and ethernet connectivity.

Category Awards

Each category winner will receive the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Inkjet Printer (value $500). The PIXMA PRO-100 wireless inkjet printer which will enable you to create beautiful gallery quality prints . The PRO-100 features an 8-ink ChromaLife 100+ dye-based system that delivers vibrant colour or black and white prints on paper sizes as large as 13" x 19" with unrivalled glossiness that will last for years to come.

Feature

  1. Toronto Star Feature Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Feature Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Feature Photographer of the year Bronze

Travel

  1. Toronto Star Travel Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Travel Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Travel Photographer of the year Bronze

Portrait

  1. Toronto Star Portrait Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Portrait Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Portrait Photographer of the year Bronze

Black & White

  1. Toronto Star Black & White Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Black & White Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Black & White Photographer of the year Bronze

Lifestyle

  1. Toronto Star Lifestyle Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Lifestyle Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Lifestyle Photographer of the year Bronze

Sport

  1. Toronto Star Sport Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Sport Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Sport Photographer of the year Bronze

Nature

  1. Toronto Star Nature Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Nature Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Nature Photographer of the year Bronze

Open

  1. Toronto Star Creative Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Creative Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Creative Photographer of the year Bronze

Colour

  1. Toronto Star Colour Photographer of the year Gold
  2. Toronto Star Colour Photographer of the year Silver
  3. Toronto Star Colour Photographer of the year Bronze

Honourable Mentions

3 Honourable Mention Awards will be conferred in each category for photographs that deserve special mention as selected by the judging panel.

Distinctions

The top 300 to 400 photographers, as shortlisted by the Panel, work will be published in the Toronto Star Photography Awards catalogue and displayed in the online virtual exhibition. The Catalogue will be available in iBook format. This will be available to each competition entrant.

Recognition

Photographers work will be published – and fully credited – in the Toronto Star in both the online and print edition to promote the competition. The Photographs for publication will be picked and published by Taras Slawnych, the Visuals & Emerging Technologies Editor, Toronto Star