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This spring, Presentation House Gallery is holding its seventh photo contest to inspire and encourage Metro Vancouver youth in their creativity. We’re asking youth to respond to the culture around them with their own photographic images, for our new contest: Our Image, Your Image.

Last year, you offered us extremely varied interpretations of what “home” means to you through the lens of cultural identity. This year, we invite you to think of the relations between photography and the notion of “image” taken in its more abstract sense: as a general impression or idea. Is there a cultural image that you feel strongly about, a first impression or stereotype that you would like to address? Perhaps it’s an image of prejudice, a misrepresentation, or an image that you would like to shape more truthfully?

So much in our culture, locally and across the world, is based on first impressions: images we have of people or things that help us understand them. These impressions can come from photographic images: whether they be old black and white photos, phone pics taken on the fly, or jpegs shared on social media. When we see these photos out of context, how much can we really know where they’re coming from? To what extent do the photos we see reveal their context and the reality of a culture? 

To take part in Our Image, Your Image, you are invited to find a cultural image (understood as a representation, general idea or impression) that you find interesting and would like to address. Then, the project entails that you respond to this cultural image with a photographic image. Eligible participants are invited to use photo-editing software or a series of photographic works (up to 3) to show us how your image of a culture is different.

Our jury will select a group of youth to be part of an exhibition and related publication displaying a diverse selection of the contest’s most creative work. Selected participants will receive equal prizing and have an opportunity to show their photographs in a public gallery setting and the Chester Fields print publication. Presentation House Gallery, located at 333 Chesterfield Avenue in North Vancouver, is the largest non-profit photographic gallery in Western Canada. We have offered a variety of contemporary and historical photographic and media exhibitions since 1981.

Please feel free to e-mail the Education Coordinator at Presentation House Gallery, Sydney Hart, with any questions or comments at s.hart@presentationhousegallery.org

A huge thank you for all of you who sent in work and took part in this sixth edition of the Chester Fields Contest!

It was an exciting but difficult task for jury members to select works for the exhibition, the publication and the prizes. A lot of you sent in sophisticated, beautiful and engaging works, giving us personal spins on the theme of cultural identity that we never expected. Kudos!

After hours spent deliberating in the dark Presentation House boardroom, our jury agreed on a list of 14 selections for the exhibition, 6 honorary mentions for the publication, and… 3 prize winners!

Yes, the winners of one $500 prize and two $250 prizes have been selected, but without wanting to add to the suspense of the last few weeks, we’ll only announce their names on the opening night!

So please come and join us on Friday, May 31st from 6pm as we announce the award winners, open the exhibition, launch the To Here from Home publication and of course… celebrate the incredible talent and creativity that made this project happen!

 

Exhibition and Publication Selection:

Alia Youssef

Annika Ng

Azi Ebrahimi

Heather Rehtlane

Jake Swift

Julia Woldmo

Katie Rich

Michel Bujnicki Zablith

Olivia Chaber

Philipp Wölfel

Rudi Ballard

Saba Modonhaghighi

Stuart Harvey

Wyatt Scholten

 

Honorary mention / Publication Selection:

Adam Flewelling

Bronwyn Collett

Frédérique Lafontaine

Graydon Kohne

Hannah Dubois

Melissa Carsky