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2023 Juried Photography Exhibition

2023 Show

2023 Juried Photography Exhibition


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax L1T 3K7

2023 Dates to remember:

May 4
at 7pm



EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS All images must be appropriately presented, and be either framed, facemount to acrylic or on gallery style canvas. Each image must have a minimum .635 cm (1/4") O– or D–rings or screw eyes (not saw hooks) on both sides of the back of the entry, placed not more than one-third down from the top. (Hooks used to hang the images go through these rings or eyes.) Maximum width – single image or dyptych, including any framing, is 102 cm (40") and maximum weight, including glass, frame, etc. is 9.1 kg (20 lbs.). Minimum image hanging width is 20 cm (8"). PURCHASE OF ENTRIES Anyone wishing to purchase an image on display at the exhibition will be directed to contact PineRidge Arts Council (PRAC). PRAC will retain a 10% commission on all sales at the show. All cheques for work sold must be made out to PineRidge Arts Council (PRAC). All applicable taxes are the responsibility of the artist. PUBLICITY PRAC reserves the right to photograph the entrants and their images for publicity, web posting and other not-for-profit purposes. The entrant retains ownership of all images and all other rights to their subsequent use.


2020 On-Line Show ONLY
To see the images accepted into the show please check HERE.

Doesn't your photography belong in this show?

2019 Programme HERE
2019 Photos on PineRidge Arts
group facebook | Snapd Ajax
| Ajax News Advertiser

2019 Web Page HERE | 2018 Web page HERE

Over $2500 in Cash Awards

Doesn't your photography belong in this show?

McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Dr., Ajax
L1T 3K7

Thanks to our 2023 sponsors and partners!

PRAC Ajax  
Enbridge OPG  
Durham West Arts Centre  


2020 On-Line Show ONLY
To see the images accepted into the show please check HERE.

2019 Juried Photography Exhibition
2018 Juried Photography Exhibition
PHOTOS: Take-in Day | Opening Reception
Snapd Ajax | Ajax News Advertiser

2017 Juried Photography Exhibition FACEBOOK Awards | Evening
2016 Juried Photography Exhibition FACEBOOK Awards | Evening
2015 Juried Photography Exhibition | 2015 PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK
2014 Juried Photography Exhibition









Ryan Hammond
Two Paychecks From Poverty
PRAC Award

Maretha Lottering
Bravely beyond the Covid-door
OPG Award

Michael Redhawk Lavender
The Wolf
Enbridge Pipelines Award

Ross Colby
Puffin Twins
Durham West Arts Centre
Foundation Award

Vanessa Young
Meet the Bluebirds
Mayor's Award

Rhoni Speed
Muskoka Sunrise
Award of Excellence

Heather Nicholson
Stepping Through History - Porto Cathedral
Honourable Mention


Dylan Banks
Sauble Sunset
Mayor's Youth Award

Stephane Najib
Nature's Reflections
Award of Excellence Youth


Lee Abernethy ~ Tea With Alice
Lee Abernethy ~ Sultans of Singh at Pickering Village JAMFest 2022
William Balfour ~ Sly as a Fox
William Balfour ~Unconditional
Dylan Banks ~ Flower Droplets
Dylan Banks ~ Sauble Sunset
Tim Bellhouse ~ On Painted Water
Tim Bellhouse ~ First Ice
Zachary Bird ~ Shadow Affect
Zachary Bird ~ Views from the 6ix
Douglas Burrell ~ Aurora at Buckhorn Lake
Douglas Burrell ~ Sunset in Porto
Jennifer Burrows ~ You talkin' to me?
Joseph Capo ~ The Illusions that Crowds make
Joseph Capo ~ To Another Year
Ross Colby ~ Puffin Twins
Bonnie Cutten ~ Cardinal Crimson
Khushi Desai ~ Serenity
Khushi Desai ~ Prey
Gerome Dulalas ~ The Last Hurrah
Gerome Dulalas ~ Hope
Robert Fisher ~ The Breath of Life
Harper Forbes ~ A Portrait in Isoloation
Sharon Foster ~ Morning Jewels
Sharon Foster ~ Pine Marten
Cindy Gauley ~ Tiny Defender
Stephen Godin ~ Archaic View
Stephen Godin ~ Across
Ryan Hammond ~ Two Paychecks From Poverty
Ryan Hammond ~ Okay Driver Take Me Home
Catherine Hawthorn ~ Chem Trail
Heather Jakobsen ~ The Lunge
Heather Jakobsen ~ Blue on Blue
Nick Janushewski ~ Red Shouldered Hawk
Nick Janushewski ~ Clarks Nutcracker
Sharon Janushewski ~ Confederation Bridge
Sharon Janushewski ~ Mesquite Dunes
Jacqueline La Frano ~ Grocery Store Flowers
Jacqueline La Frano ~ Grocery Store Flowers - White on Black
Michael Redhawk Lavender ~ The Wolf
Michael Redhawk Lavender ~ The Watcher of the Woods
Sabrina Leeder ~ Repressed Voice
Sabrina Leeder ~ Reclaimed Voice
Maretha Lottering ~ Bravely beyond the Covid-door
Maretha Lottering ~ Girl with a Pearl Earring
Loryn Mitchell ~ Pink Lady
Loryn Mitchell ~ Peek-A-Boo
Stephane Najib ~ Nature's Reflections
Heather Nicholson ~ Stepping Through History - Porto Cathedral
Bruce Priestman ~ Cat's Cradle
Bruce Priestman ~ Sudden Cloud
Anjalie Rampersad ~ Look into my Eyes
Spring Reilly ~ Woman in Silhouette
Peter Simon ~ Hanging Out to Dry
Peter Simon ~ Look Both Ways
Rhoni Speed ~ Muskoka Sunrise
Rhoni Speed ~ Foggy Sunrise
Russell Styles ~ B 'n B
Russell Styles ~ Sat on the Fringe of Control
Laura Willems ~ Once Was a Cowboy
Laura Willems ~ More Than "Just" a Fence
Vanessa Young ~ Powderham Castle
Vanessa Young ~ Meet the Bluebirds

AWARDS PRESENTATION AND OPENING RECEPTION The Awards Presentation and Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, May 4, beginning at 7 pm at the McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax. All exhibition entrants are encouraged to attend.

EXHIBITION HOURS The images will be on exhibit from April 24 to May 27 during the hours 7 am to 9 pm in the Atrium at the McLean Community Centre.

All images in the exhibition are to be picked up on Sunday, May 28 between 1 pm and 3 pm There is no secure storage after the abovenoted date and time.

The Juried Photography Exhibition is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. PHOTOGRAPHERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES Reasonable efforts to protect all entries in the exhibition will be taken. However, PRAC, the Town of Ajax, and the Sponsors cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to any entry, howsoever caused. Entrants may wish to consider insuring the work they submit. Entrants should be confident that they can arrange for exhibit entries to be delivered and picked up on the required dates and at the required times All exhibit entries must remain in the McLean Community Centre until May 28, when the exhibition concludes.




2023 Juror Randy Nickerson

Randy Nickerson

Randy has been a freelance photographer for the last 20 years shooting for such publications as The Oshawa Express, Snapd Newspaper and Neighbour Today. As a certified O3C judge he has judged over 100 local, national and international contests. Recently he has received his A.F.I.A.P designation (Artist of the Federation of International Artists & Photographers) in addition to winning several international recognitions for his work. Canadian National Skating Championships, Ontario Parasport Games and the Oshawa Generals are just some of the events that make up his portfolio.


Susan Brown :


To all photographers and photo art lovers. It was an honour to review the photos
submitted and to be a part of the displays now on exhibit. Photography is an
ever-changing art form that forces you to keep learning and adapting. You can
see that in the photos that were submitted. Every genre was covered from creative
to nature to landscape to street.
I look at photography as a study of light as much as a study of content. Many of
the photos submitted stood out because of the way the photographer saw the
light and used it to their advantage.
One of the pieces of advice I try and pass on is to ask yourself “why did I take
this photo?” If you can ensure that the viewer can answer that question you are
halfway there to a great photo.
Another thing to remember is that photography judging is very subjective. Don’t let a bad score or a negative critique deter you from taking more and more
photos. A proper review of a photograph should outline the good and what can
be improved. We all can have our egos bruised but if you can just take the accurate parts of the review and use it to improve your craft you will find more and
more photos that become your favourites.
Congratulations to all the people who opened themselves up and submitted
their work. I also want to compliment the photographers that will win an award
tonight. I got inspired just having the chance to look through your photos.
Randy Nickerson

Frame mounting

The O or D rings should be securely installed on the FRAME.

The metal buttons/tabs that hold the backing into the frame MUST be fully into the frame.

If you are looking for "D" rings for your artwork,
you can find them at Home Depot and Rona.


Since 1989 PineRidge Arts Council Inc., a not-for-profit volunteer organization has been dedicated to enhance the quality of life within the community by developing widespread appreciation, support and involvement in the arts.

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P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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