Chester Fields 2014 Theme:

Our Image, Your Image

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 imageEligible 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 AT presentationhousegallery DOT org