The time has come for The School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa’s A+ Exhibition!

This is the ninth annual contest and exhibition of selected images from SPAO’s continuing education community. Every year, we invite students who have ever been enrolled in a part-time course or workshop to enter a maximum of five works. This year, we had three categories for entry: Silver Gelatin/Alternative Processes, Digital Print, and for the first time, Photo Book!

Join us to celebrate the photographic work of our part-time students on July 8th between 6-9pm! We will also be announcing the winners in each category, the winner of Best in Show, and the winner of the People's Choice Award. See you then!

Exhibition Dates: July 8th to August 15th, 2016
Opening and Awards Ceremony: Friday July 8th, 2015, 6-9 p.m. 


Best in Show: Penny by Amy Rose
People's Choice Award: Cat Woman by Nicholas St-Pierre

Top Digital Print: LandStudies - Pensarn Caravan Park No. 1 by Francine Noftle
2nd Prize Digital Print: Montreal Ottawa May 2015 by John Healy

Top Traditional Print: Genesis by Brian Whitestone
2nd Prize Traditional P: Little Indian Girl by Valerie Burton

Top Book: Registered by Leslie Hossack
2nd Prize Book: 1969 by Richard Austin





Curator and Photography Archivist
Library and Archives Canada

Joanne Rycaj Guillemette has worked both in the Private and Public arts and cultural sector, as well as for Crown Corporations providing artistic direction, strategic and administrative guidance.  Joanne is currently Curator and Photography Archivist for Library and Archives Canada, and provides curatorial and project management services for exhibitions partnerships as well as negotiating acquisitions and manages historical research of photographic collections.


Manager and Exhibit Programmer
ART Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery

Stephanie Germano currently works at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) where she manages the ART Rental and Sales and Visitors Services departments, as well as the offsite OAG Annex gallery.  In this position she actively promotes contemporary regional artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through the sale, rental and exhibition of their work. Germano has worked and volunteered in a number of museums and commercial art galleries, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON) and Library and Archives Canada (Gatineau, QC).  She holds a Bachelors of Arts, with a concentration in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa and a diploma in Applied Museum Studies at Algonquin College. 




Head of Commercial Photography

Christian Lalonde is considered a master commercial photographer, a respected lecturer and has been a juror on a number of international photography competitions. As a result of working with clients such as Sony, Estée Lauder, IBM, National Geographic,  Loblaws, Yves St. Laurent and the Trump Organization, Christian Lalonde has been named “Canadian Commercial Photographer of the Year” twice. While his commercial client list is impressive, Christian’s most visible work can be seen on the 5 and 100 bills that have been in Canadian circulation since 2001.