Exposure supports alberta's Emerging Photographers! selected work will be exhibited in calgary and shared with our international online community.

Submitted work will be reviewed by a jury of photography professionals who will select a group of finalists. Accepted work will be shown in a feature exhibition hosted by the Exposure Photography Festival during the month of February. Jurors will award first, second and third prizes to the top entries, selected from amongst the group of finalists. Winner of the first prize will be awarded a solo exhibition during the 2019 Exposure Photography Festival.

Here’s what you need to do:

Submit a series of images that best defines your unique style, vision and point of view, along with a written statement about the photographs. The series must be a substantial interconnected body of work, including at least 10 images and a maximum of 15. 

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017
Notification: November 15, 2017
Fee: $35 for a minimum of 10 images; additional images may be submitted for $5 each, up to 15 total.


To qualify for the Emerging Photographers Showcase you must reside in Alberta. Many definitions of “emerging artist” exist. We are guided by the definition used by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation:

Emerging Artists are defined as those, of any age, who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form through education or apprenticeship and are in the early years of launching a professional career. Emerging artists have created and publicly presented a modest body of independent work and are ready for the next steps in their artistic development.

Each image file can be a maximum of 5MB in size. All images must be submitted as JPEGs—any files submitted in any other format (including TIFF, PDF, PSD, etc.) will not be reviewed. The file name of your image must be your first and surnames followed by 01, 02, 03, etc. (e.g. RobertFrank01.jpg). The images can be shot in any format, using any camera, on film or digital. There are no restrictions on when the submitted images were taken.

Submissions must include a statement about the work, approximately 1500 characters in length (250 words).

Jurors will select at least one photograph representing each finalist’s submission. Accepted work will be printed and framed by our presenting partners, the master printers at Resolve Photo in Calgary, free of charge. Instructions for the submission of high resolution files for printing will be included in the acceptance notification sent by email. Exposure reserves the right to decline work that, in the jurors’ judgement, does not match the online image submission.

Digital files of the winning images will be used for press and publicity purposes. A selection of winning images will be displayed and promoted on the Exposure Photography Festival and Resolve Photo websites and social media platforms, reaching viewers worldwide. Exposure and Resolve Photo reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of promotion and publicity for the Exposure Photography Festival and Resolve Photo, now and in the future. No copyright is transferred to the Festival in respect of any works entered or accepted. Each entrant will be deemed to warrant they own the entire copyright for the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner(s for the uses. All relevant clearances and/or model releases must have been obtained for the use of the photographs for publication and exhibition.

For more information and questions please email us.

 Blake Chorley,   Lake O'Hara  First Place, Emerging Photographers Showcase, 2017.

Blake Chorley,  Lake O'Hara
First Place, Emerging Photographers Showcase, 2017.

 Exposure 2018 Presenting Partner

Exposure 2018 Presenting Partner