This spring, Presentation House Gallery is holding its sixth photo contest to inspire and encourage North Shore youth in their creativity. We’re asking students to submit a photograph responding to the issue of cultural identity for our new contest: To Here From Home.

Last year, you offered us a dynamic re-examination of archival material with the exhibition Double Take, giving a contemporary twist to material sourced from personal collections or the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. This year, we’d like students to think of how cultural identity is represented, and how the various factors determining it – from family, to national policy, to new media – can be reflected in photography. We’d like to know what cultural identity means to you! In such a cosmopolitan area as Vancouver’s North Shore, how can cultural identity be informed by everyday situations, personal belief, or even images from film or social media? The representation of cultural identity can form the basis of marketing campaigns and cultural stereotypes, but how can photography react to, or play with, these dominant images?

Our jury will select a group of students to be part of an exhibition displaying a diverse selection of the contest’s most creative work. The exhibition participants will receive equal prizing and have an opportunity to show their photographs in a public gallery setting.