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Juried Photography ExhibitionWatch for details
on our upcoming 3rd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition.

In 2016 we will be one of the Scotiabank's CONTACT Festival venues! Doesn't your photography belong in this show?

Application forms to be on-line in January 2016.


2015 Award Winners

Show closed
McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive, Ajax

Thanks to PRAC members Susan and Brian for chairing
this exhibition.

Rudy and Calvin Collision ~ Nick Janushewski

Visiting Hours are Over ~ Godofredo Baylon

THIRD PLACE Bronze Award
Rock Water & Sky ~ Allan Short

FOURTH PLACE Mayor’s Award
Fox on the Run ~ Dawn Knudsen

FIRST PLACE Mayor’s Award
Autumn Brook ~ William Bird

SECOND PLACE Veridian Award
Final Point ~ Shaylin Conroy

PRAC Ajax Veridian

Previous Exhibitions

2015 Juried Photography Exhibition

2014 Juried Photography Exhibition




2015 Juror ~ Allan O'Marra


Allan O'MarraAllan O’Marra

Allan O’Marra is a graduate of OCAD University where he studied photography, painting and communications and design. He is an award-winning artist, art teacher, fine arts columnist and art exhibition jurist.

He has had 33 solo fine art exhibitions and participated in over 70 group shows in a 44-year career, and has works of art in numerous private and corporate collections.

He presently teaches art for the Pickering Recreation Department; in artist-in-the-school programs in various schools in the Durham Region; conducts professional artist workshops; and teaches art on a voluntary basis at the Ontario Shores Mental Health Centre in Whitby. He writes a column in the Ajax/Pickering News Advertiser and is asked regularly to jury fine art and photography shows.


Although, as a juror, a priority is maintaining critical awareness of sound technical attributes of the submitted photo images, my approach to jurying photography is, ultimately about finding a fine art connection between the photos and me. Appropriate focus, composition, light and shadow, colour sensibility and engaging subject matter are critical and imperative, however, there’s an ineffability, a delight, an engrossing viewer engagement that I look for that make some photo images rise above the rest. My artistic sensibilities are engaged and charged and delighted by the images that stand out and move me to choose them to be included in the exhibition; and the award winners take that engagement to an even higher level. In the end, choosing the best of show winners means not only acknowledging that their technical attributes are stellar, but that they have spoken to me in a very personal—sometimes intellectual—but usually, heartfelt way.





2015 Accepted Works

Denise Alexander
Lisa Bankey
Godofredo Baylon
William Bird
Stuart Blower
Robert Bourke
Kendra Buckland
Shaylin Conroy
Linda Down
Rebecca Fortin
Garry Herridge
Kristal Hooper – Fujita
Daniel Iannuzzi
Heather Jacobson
Nick Janushewski
Sharon Janushewski
Heather Keith
Alma Kelley
Dawn Knudson
John Krasinski
Andrew Kulin
Patrick Kulin
Thomas Kulin
Anna Leggatt
Vivien Loader
Kim Lowes
Amanda Medeiros
Bharat Mistry
Jim Moodie
Susan Preskawetz-Westerby
Bruce Priestman
Gordon Ross
Allan Short
Raymond St. Jean
Augustin Werner
Denise Wilkins
Ron Yuzark


PineRidge Arts Council Inc., is a not-for-profit (Public Benefit Corporation) volunteer organization established in 1989.

PineRidge Arts Council
650 Kingston Road
P.O. Box 18258 Steeple Hill Postal Outlet
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A0

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