Registration for the 2025 festival will open in October 2024.

Emerging and experienced photographers are encouraged to register their Open Call Exhibition in the 28th edition of CONTACT, taking place May 1–31, 2024.

Committed to cultivating an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, CONTACT builds community by providing a platform for dynamic collaborations and productive engagement between Canadian and international photographers, curators, partner organizations, and audiences, locally and globally.

The Festival’s Open Call Exhibitions embody a broad range of lens-based practices, and bring together the photographic community with innovative presentations at galleries and alternative spaces across the Greater Toronto Area.

Before registering, all artists/organizers must secure a venue in which to hold the exhibition. Artists and organizers are responsible for all aspects of the exhibition’s production and presentation.

Registration is free of charge. Please note that this program is non-juried and CONTACT does not review submissions – if you register your fully organized exhibition by the deadline, you will be part of the Festival.

How to Register

After creating an account profile at our registration web portal, you will need the following information to complete your Open Call Exhibition registration.

Exhibition Details
– Title
– Exhibition text (100 words)
– Artist name(s)
– Exhibition dates + opening reception details, if applicable

Venue Details
– Name and Address
– Contact information (phone, email, website)
– Accessibility information (guidelines here)
– Hours of operation

Three Images
– Only .jpg and .png files accepted
– Maximum file size 5MB
– Maximum dimensions: 3000px × 3000px
– Minimum dimensions: 1200px × 1200px

Above photo: Installation view of Mark Sommerfeld, 8155, at Coolican & Company, Toronto. Part of CONTACT’s 2023 Open Call Exhibition programme. Courtesy of the artist and Coolican & Company.