Photo Contest & Exhibit

We believe you have a unique lens, and we want to see what you see.
MYTORONTO is an expressive arts program and contest which provides opportunities for people affected by homelessness and poverty to engage in artistic expression, make meaningful connections and learn new skills in photography, creative writing, and digital literacy.

This exciting program includes free online creative workshops and mentoring enabling participants to develop their skills in photography and writing. The contest component is optional, and includes an expert panel of judges, an opportunity to have your work published in an online exhibition, and also includes cash prizes for the top winners!

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 Session! Enter theme: #MakeItBeautiful

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The inspiration for MYTORONTO comes from the MYLONDON photography project organized by Café Art, a social enterprise which connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through their art. There are now MYCITY projects in Manchester, England; New Orleans, Louisiana; São Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia.

The core features of this project are: 

1. Photography contest

The photography contest takes place three times a year and engages over 100 people affected by homelessness to capture their perspectives. Photos are taken on cellphones and uploaded on a new MYTORONTO app and judged by a panel of qualified judges in the fields of photography and social services. The winners of the photography contest receive cash prizes plus the opportunities to make income through sales of the products with their photographs. 

2. Free online creative workshops

MYTORONTO workshops will help you to gain valuable skills in photography, creative writing, and digital literacy, while connecting with others and exploring new and innovative ways to use online learning tools.

3. Vendor program: MYTORONTO prints and greeting cards

Prints and greeting cards featuring the winning photographs from each round of contests will be sold online through the MYTORONTO vendor program. By participating in the vendor program, you will learn skills in sales, marketing and communications. Participants will be trained to sell MYTORONTO products and earn money from their sales. Vendor Training Workshops will be held after each MYTORONTO Photography Contest.

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