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.Enter Now
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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.Learn More
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.Enter Now
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2013 - Closed
Past Top Picks
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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