Congratulations to Anne-Marie Jackson of the Toronto Star for winning first place in the News Photographer’s Association of Canada contest in the category of single multimedia for the project she did on MYTORONTO.
Thank you to Anne-Marie, reporter Emily Mathieu, and their colleagues from the Star for their excellent coverage of MYTORONTO.
The MYTORONTO photography contest and calendar project provides a glimpse into the world of individuals who are often not granted the opportunity to tell their story; where people with lived experience capture what matters to them through the art of photography.
Ve’ahavta is the lead presenter of the MYTORONTO photo contest. In 2017, Ve’ahavta brought the project to Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (TEAH). The photography contest and calendar project is modelled after MYLONDON, founded by Café Art. Since its inception in 2012, MYLONDON has introduced MYCITY calendars in São Palo, Manchester, New Orleans, Budapest and Sydney.
Participants gain experience in photography, connect with a community of peers, and receive recognition. The winning photographers are compensated and their photos used in the MYTORONTO calendar and exhibit. Going beyond artistry, the project seeks to challenge the public’s perspectives on systemic issues of poverty and homelessness in our city.
The core features of this project are:
The project engages 100 people affected by homelessness by providing them with 35 mm, single-use Fuji cameras to capture their perspectives; they are asked to photograph the world around them. A jury comprised of photography experts, artists, homeless advocates and civil servant adjudicate the photographs and choose 40 for a photography exhibit.
The winners of the photography contest receive cash prizes; $50 for the exhibit photos, $200 for calendar page photos and $500 for the calendar cover winner.
The PREMIERE PUBLIC EXHIBIT
A public exhibit of the winning photographs will be held in the fall, with the location to be determined. Forty photos will be on display including the 13 chosen for the calendar. Participants are also invited to speak and share their perspectives at a launch event.
The premiere initiative of MYTORONTO is the calendar that allows the impact of this project to be seen 365 days a year. Featuring 13 photos along with profiles of the photographers, the calendar will generate revenue and serve as a potential social enterprise for participants.
MEDIA COVERAGE FOR MYTORONTO
Radio Canada International
To purchase a calendar and learn more about the project visit mytorontocalendar.com.