Photo Contest and Exhibit
MYTORONTO provides opportunities for people affected by homelessness and poverty to engage in artistic expression, make meaningful connections and learn new skills.
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MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project through which participants gain experience in taking pictures, connect with a community of peers, learn new skills and receive recognition. The winning photographers will receive cash prizes and their photographs will be used in a MYTORONTO 2019 calendar and photo exhibit.
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.
MYTORONTO goes beyond artistry as it seeks to challenge the public’s perspectives on the systemic issues of poverty and homelessness in our city. MYTORONTO aims to:
- Inspire 100 people affected by homelessness to create sustainable change in their lives through confidence building and the acquisition of photography and sales skills.
- Encourage participants to partake in a photography contest and calendar project.
- Empower 13 winning photographers, featured in the calendar, through speaking engagements and the recognition of their talent.
- Provide part-time income for photographers and other vendors through the sale of the calendar.
The core features of this project are:
1. Photography Contest
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.
2. 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.
3. MYTORONTO Calendar and Greeting Cards
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.
To learn more about the project or view our partners visit mytorontocalendar.com.