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OPENING: March 15, 2019, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION DATES: March 15 - April 13, 2019

Have you taken a part-time class at SPAO? Then you’re invited to submit work to the A+ Exhibition, our eleventh annual contest and exhibition of selected images from SPAO’s continuing education community. Students are invited to enter a maximum of five works in three categories of entry:


  • PHOTO BOOK, and



  • Work must have been produced in the past 5 years.

  • Work does NOT need to have been produced in class or while the student was enrolled in a part-time class.

  • Submissions from graduates of the full-time diploma program must have been enrolled in a part time class or mentoring group in 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019. Work submitted cannot have been completed as part of a student project in the full-time diploma program.



  • All entries require a digital submission through our submission form by March 4, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

  • There are three categories for submission: DIGITAL PRINT, PHOTO BOOK, and SILVER GELATIN/ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES. Students can submit in multiple categories, but can only submit a maximum of 5 entries.

  • Students submitting to the PHOTO BOOK and SILVER GELATIN/ALTERNATIVE PROCESS categories must submit digital copies of their prints or a digital image representing their work through our submission form, as well as the hard copy of the submission in person at 77 Pamilla St. If we do not receive your hard copy submission by March 8, your submission will not be considered.

  • Digital images should be sized at 20 inches on the long side at 72 DPI for submission. A simple way to optimize image size is the “Save For Web” option in Photoshop. If contacted, students must be able to provide a high resolution image for print by March 8, 2019.

  • All images selected for exhibition within the DIGITAL PRINT category will be printed, sized and prepared for exhibition at no additional fee.

  • Students who submit hard copies of work who are not selected for the exhibition will be contacted prior to March 15 in order to pick up their work.

FEE: $25. Includes up to 5 entries.

Why the fee? The fee will cover some expenses related to this month-long exhibition, including administrative costs, print costs, jury honoraria and prizes.

Every $25 submission will be entered in a draw for a big prize! The raffle will be drawn on March 15 at the vernissage of the exhibition - the winning entry must be at the opening to receive the prize.

ANY QUESTIONS? Contact gallery@spao.ca.

last year’s winners:

BEST IN SHOW: Pat La Prairie with Aynhoe Park
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Aaron Ferguson with That Empty Feeling

BEST DIGITAL: Eileen Seto with Monsoon Daze
HONOURABLE MENTION DIGITAL: George Salhani with Lilly Abboud

BEST ANALOGUE: Ernest Wiltshire with Transformations
HONOURABLE MENTION ANALOGUE: Amy Rose with Picasso Pinhole

BEST BOOK: Barbara Brown with Roses for Fred
HONOURABLE MENTION BOOK: Leslie Hossack with H-Hour Normandy 1944

last year’s jury:

last year’s prizes:

At last year's A+ Exhibition, we gave away almost $4000 worth of prizes to winners in 9 categories! 

Last year, the winner of Best in Show went home with a drone! Other prizes will come from SPAO's local and national partners including Patrick Gordon FramingBlack Squirrel BooksWallacksGPC Labworks, and PhotoEd Magazine. Every winner also received a gift certificate for SPAO part-time classes, and a SPAO merchandise item from our new store!