Photographers are invited to submit work to an open theme exhibition hosted by the Exposure Photography Festival in Calgary, Alberta. Selected work will be exhibited during the month of February in 2018.

Juror: Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada

Andrea Kunard earned her PhD in 2004 from Queen’s University, and taught survey and seminar courses on the history of photography, Canadian Art, and museology for over a decade at Carleton University, Queen's University and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University. As associate curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Kunard explores the intersections of contemporary and historical issues in Canadian photography, focusing on cultural uses of the medium, and its capacity to challenge and reconfigure accepted understandings of the public and private, subjectivity, memory, and knowledge. Exhibitions include Shifting Sites (2000), Susan McEachern: Structures of Meaning (2004), Scott McFarland: A Cultivated View (2009), Fred Herzog (2011), Clash: Conflict and Its Consequences (2012), Photography in Canada 1960-2000 (2017) and Marlene Creates - Places, Paths, and Pauses (2017). Kunard has also curated exhibitions on historical Canadian photography such as “Early Exploration in Canada” (2013) and “Arctic Images from the Turn-of –the-Twentieth Century” (2013), in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, as well as the pictorial photography component of the NGC exhibition and catalogue Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1919 (2013-14), curated by Charles Hill. Other exhibitions investigate specific themes, such as Aboriginal representation, as seen in Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists (2008-09), co-curated with Steve Loft), Jeff Thomas: Scouting for Indians” 2003, Shelley Niro: This Land is Mime Land (2003) and Peter Pitseolak (2001-2002). Her exhibition Michel Campeau: Icons of Obsolescence (2013) reflects on the analogue-digital shift in photography, and its effect on the medium, social practices, and the production, preservation and sharing images. As well, her essay published in Robert Burley’s The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analogue Era (Princeton Architectural Press, Ryerson Image Centre, 2013) examines the social and cultural impact of changing technologies in the histories of photography. Kunard also co-curated the exhibition “Dominion Street” (2012) on the work of Moncton photographer Jaret Belliveau with Terry Graff for the Beaverbrook Gallery. Co-editor of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (McGill Queen’s U.P. 2008), Kunard has written articles on contemporary and historical photography in The Journal of Canadian Art History, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and Early Popular Visual Culture. She is currently working on a major web-based project focused on the National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division collection for Virtual Museums Canada in collaboration with the Library and Archives Canada.

Fee: $35 for 3 images; additional images may be submitted for $5 each, up to 10 total.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017
Notification: November 15, 2017
Delivery of Selected Work: January 10, 2017


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. 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)

Submit a statement accompanying your work. Your statement must be under 1500 characters in length (approximately 250 words).

Selected exhibitors must deliver their photographs to Exposure framed and ready to hang. Notification will include specific instructions for delivery and retrieval of work at the close of the festival. Exhibitors may choose to have their work printed and framed in Calgary. Our Festival printing partner and exhibition sponsor is Resolve Photo ( The master printers at Resolve produce exquisite fine art prints on a wide range of papers. Contact Resolve directly for more information on local printing/framing options.

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 website and social media, reaching viewers worldwide.

Exposure reserves the right to decline work that, in the jurors’ judgement, does not match the online image submission.

Exposure reserves the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of the Exposure Photography Festival–this year and in future–and its promotion and publicity. 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.

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 Rocio Graham,  When I think of Home #1

Rocio Graham, When I think of Home #1

 Exposure 2018 Presenting Partner

Exposure 2018 Presenting Partner