The 31st Annual BMFA Juried Photography Show

 For the past 30 years, the BMFA has held an annual Juried Photo Show competition and exhibit to showcase and celebrate student and adult photographers from the South Georgian Bay region. On average, the Juried Photo Show receives 100 photos submitted by 70 photographers, with the top 60 selected to be part of a public exhibit running from September 11 to October 27, 2024 at the BMFA in Collingwood. The program is organized by a committee of 8 BMFA members and supported by the administration. Each year, professional photographers from the region adjudicate the Juried Photo Show using the ASA blind jurying process. The Juried Photo Show has become a staple program for the region’s photographers, allowing artists of all ages and skill levels to participate and promote their work.

This year we are thrilled to announce, thanks to a donation by Annette Snowdon and Douglas Bean, creation of a new category Heritage Properties and Landscapes (details below).

Important Dates & Details:

  • Submissions open: May 1th-July 31st 2024. Click here to submit: 
  • Notification of Acceptance to the show: August 10th via email
  • Intake: September 7th & 8th at the BMFA, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood 
  • The Photo Show will be opening September 11th to October 27th both through the online show and the display of winning images at 65 Simcoe Street.
  • Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: September 22nd from 1pm to 3pm.
  • We welcome submissions in the General and new Heritage Properties and Landscape categories, for both Adult, Student Age 14 -18. 

2024 Jurors

Gail Shotlander

Tjalling Halbertsma


Gallery Show Entry Guidelines;

Adult Entries;
a) In plain black or white frames with pure white mats with a minimum mat dimension of 1.5 inches.
b) The overall exterior dimensions must be between 252-576 square inches, with no dimension more than 36”
c) Suitable printed on canvas, acrylic, metal or wood, framed or not, with proper hangars
d) Frame MUST have two D-rings and a hanging wire. No sawtooth hangars.

Student Entries;
a) I mages may be framed with or without a mat.
b) Minimum size should be 8” x 10”, Maximum size 576 square inches.

New Heritage Properties and Landscapes Category Details:

Under this category, photographers may submit photographs of structures or natural places which help to tell part of the history and culture of the diverse Georgian Triangle (Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties).  Structures could include houses and other dwellings, factories, barns, schools, public buildings, churches, boathouses and sheds, etc.  Landscapes could include parks, cemeteries, waterways, vistas, ancient hunting grounds, and areas of religious or spiritual significance.

Both exterior and interior shots can be submitted.  Photographs of specific features of a heritage property will be accepted – such as a stained glass window, a door, a school bell or a church organ – as long as the photographer can connect it to the property’s history.

Properties must have been built before the mid-1970s.  Buildings erected on a site of historic significance – where something important or memorable happened, but where the original structure no longer exists – may be submitted as long as the descriptor explains such significance to the community.  No photos of replicas of heritage properties will be accepted.

Landscapes should also be connected to the Georgian Triangle’s multi-faceted history and can show structures, or remnants of buildings or other built heritage.  Landscapes can also be connected to spiritual or religious significance; to places related to legends, lore and celebratory activities; or to environments of a sacred nature.  Photos of historic trees, gardens, parks, historical trails or other natural heritage landscapes can be submitted.


For any further inquiries please email, [email protected]