PIKTO TOP PICK CONTEST

Win $5000 towards your own Gallery Exhibit

Pikto Top Pick is an opportunity to showcase your talent and get the recognition you deserve. The winner of this photographic competition will receive $5,000 towards the production of a Gallery Show, including an opening reception and a two-month exhibit at one of Toronto’s hottest venues.

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Panel of judges

Carol LeFlufy - Principal, Eye Forward agency

Gina Martin - Photographer Representative, National Geographic Image Collection

Heather Westfall - Curator, Pikto Gallery

You be the judge

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Most popular vote based on number of views, number of times rated and average ratings from entire artist submission. Rating is limited to users with valid email addresses.

Contest rules

The winner of Top Pick will be chosen by one vote from each of the judging panel plus one vote for the most popular winner . Top Pick Winner will receive in-store credit for services towards printing and framing a Gallery Show to a maximum of $5000. Opening reception and travel costs for artist cannot exceed $1000. Two most popular winners will each receive $500 in online gift certificates in addition to the vote on the panel. In case of a tie, prizes will be shared equally.

OUR MISSION (AND YOURS)

Pikto believes strongly in supporting, strengthening and promoting the photographic community. Every year we host free artist talks, gallery shows and much more. This why we decided to buck the typical trend and create a competition for photographers with no entry fee. We encourage submissions by anyone that takes photography seriously, and is willing to let their work speak for itself. Judges will be looking for overall themes, genuine voice and artistic vision. This is not a contest of "best pics", but one in which each of your 15 images fits into a coherent whole that can be shown at a top gallery. We encourage you to get inspired by the possibility of a gallery show and to create a series specifically for the submission. Even if you don't win, you will have a series of photos you can be proud of.

SELL LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

You can now offer Limited Edition Prints of any entry into the Top Pick through our online and retail galleries. Reach our broad audience of photography collectors and earn commissions on the sale of your work, with no upfront costs.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions must include: 15 images of current work or work intended for exhibition in electronic form. Images should be JPG, 20mb or less and 1000-6000 pixels on longest side . One submission per artist. Follow us on Twitter to receive Top Pick staff picks and featured submissions. Submission fee: $0. Submission deadline for the 2013 contest is November 15, 2013 at 11:59PM.

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By submitting your images, you agree to be bound by our Gallery Terms and Conditions.

Submission Deadline

2013 - Closed

Submission Fee

None!

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Reflet

Sarah Bodri

July 31 to September 30, 2014

 

REFLET, produced on Toronto Island, playfully engages the photographic tropes of “portrait” and “landscape” in dialogue. The images complicate reflexivity, the circular act of self-reference, and invite viewers to explore the complex dynamics of looking. When individuals cannot reciprocally define one another, what remains of subjectivity? In REFLET, the mirror’s purpose is put into question and perhaps completely subverted: the reflexive loop is defied while reflections fracture the time/space continuum by presenting opposing directional views. The artist also challenges the power dynamic present in historical depictions of woman gazing upon herself, as well as the positionality of the photographer-as-voyeur. Instead, certain images depict a rare moment of the subject refusing her Otherness while being photographed. Redirected, engaging neither viewer nor photographer representationally, the mirror ultimately serves as a shield. In this series, Bodri effectively repurposes the mirror so ubiquitously conflated with vanity and transforms it into a tool of empowerment.

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Michal Solarski

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