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OPENING: March 16, 2018, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION DATES: March 16 - April 14, 2018

The time has come for The School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa’s annual A+ Exhibition! Have you participated in a part-time class, workshop, or mentoring group at SPAO? You’re invited to submit work to the A+ Exhibition, the tenth 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:


FEE: $25

  • Fee includes up to 5 entries
  • Every $25 submission will be entered in a draw for a big prize! The raffle will be drawn on March 16 at the vernissage of the exhibition; the winning entry must be at the opening to receive the prize.
  • Why the fee?: The fee will help subsidize expenses related to this month-long exhibition, including print costs and prizes.


  • Work must have been produced in the past 5 years.
  • Work does not need to have been produced while the student was enrolled in a part-time class.
  • Work submitted cannot have been completed as part of full-time program assignments and projects.
  • Graduates of the full-time diploma program are eligible to submit, but must have been enrolled in a part time class or mentoring group in 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018.


  • All entries require a digital submission through our submission form by February 28, 2018 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 book through our submission form, as well as the hard copy of their work in person at 77 Pamilla St. If we do not receive your hard copy submission before March 1, 2018 your submission will not be considered.
  • Contact the office in advance in order to schedule time to drop off hard copies: admin@spao.ca.
  • 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.
  • All images selected for exhibition within the DIGITAL PRINT category will be printed, sized and prepared for exhibition by SPAO at no additional fee. If contacted, students must be able to provide a high resolution image for print by March 7, 2018.
  • Students who submit hard copies who are not selected for the exhibition will be contacted to pick up their work from the office. 

Meet the JURY!

Heather Anderson is interested in art practices that engage the social, political and emotional complexities of our experiences in the world through aesthetic encounters across a range of media and approaches. She was an assistant curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada from 2006—2012 prior to her current position as curator at the Carleton University Art Gallery.


Mike Steinhauer has a wide range of experiences within the cultural sector including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bytown Museum and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He was recently appointed to the Manager, Exhibitions and Outreach, Art Bank, position with the Canada Council for the Arts.


Dayanti Karunaratne is the Editor-in-Chief at Ottawa Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, The National Post, the Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio One.

(photo by Jamie Kronick)


Meaghan Haughian works as a Public Art Officer with the City of Ottawa where she manages Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University, NB (2004), focusing on printmaking and photography. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa and National Arts Centre.



Stay tuned for more details!


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 Print: Little Indian Girl by Valerie Burton

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

Nicolas St-Pierre, Dreamscape (inkjet print)