To all amateur photographers: enter the Toronto Star Photography Awards 2014
If you’re an amateur photographer looking to break into the industry, here’s your chance to have your work noticed.
Canada’s largest daily newspaper The Star has partnered with Canon and picturk.com for the Toronto Star Photography Awards 2014.
Creative amateurs — from casual hobbyists to students of photography — can join the competition and stand to win over $12,500 in prizes.
$4000 cash and equipment prize will be awarded to the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year and the photographer who captures the best image as selected by the judging panel.
This consists of $1,300 in cash and Canon’s Ultimate Photography Bundle: an EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) with EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, PIXMA PRO-100 Inkjet Printer and Tamrac Travel Bag.
$4,500 prizes will be shared among the winners of the feature, travel, portrait, black and white, lifestyle, sports, nature, open, and color categories. Each category winner stands to receive the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Inkjet Printer, valued at $500.
The competition is open to amateur photographers in Canada who have the knack for creativity and photo composition. Entrants must be the age of majority in their province of residence.
The publication has pooled together an expert panel of judges to review each entry: former Toronto Star photographers Boris Spremo and Patti Gower, and other notable judges including Taras Slawnych, Claude Brazeau, Todd Korol, Glenn Novak, Graeme Roy, Steve Russell, Connor Stefanison, and Tina Weltz.
To submit your entry, go to www.thestar.com/photographyawards. The deadline for entries is on June 8, 2014.
The top shortlisted 300 to 400 photographers will be announced on June 13, and their work will be featured in the awards catalogue and displayed in the Toronto Star Photography Awards virtual exhibition, available in iBook format.
The winners will be featured in the online version of thestar.com on June 27 and the print edition on June 28.