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2019 Juried Photography Exhibition

2019 Show

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contactPineRidge Arts Council is proud to once again be part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest annual photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and happenings from May 1-31 in the Greater Toronto Area.

Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering photography and related media with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT’s community initiatives foster a wide range of interest in photography and enable meaningful exchanges between the people who make and present art, and those that view it.

The foundation of CONTACT was based on an open call to participate, enabling emerging artists and photographers to show their work concurrent with exhibitions of works by leading professionals. Today the Open Exhibitions continue to encourage neighbourhood involvement at local galleries, community centres, educational and international institutions, cafes, retail stores, and many alternative locations.


Doesn't your photography belong in this show?

2019 Programme HERE

2018 Web page HERE

Over $2500 in Cash Awards

We are a Scotiabank's CONTACT Festival

Doesn't your photography belong in this show?

Each accepted photographer receives their copy of the
CONTACT catalogue and current edition of PHOTONews

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

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors and partners!

PRAC Ajax Optimist Club of Ajax
Enbridge Rotary Club of Pickering Elexicon
Durham West Arts Centre OPG

Sponsors: Enbridge, OPG, Elexicon, DWAC, Rotary Club of Pickering, Oshawa Camera Club and partner, Town of Ajax.

2020 JPE poster

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

2019 Juried Photography Exhibition
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2019 Awards

Peter Simon ~ Above the L
Nick Janushewski ~ Snowy with Prey
Sharon Janushewski ~ Red Shouldered Hawk
David Reid ~ Power
Andrew Kulin ~ Killarney Sunset
Russ Styles ~ Asphalt Jungle
Joseph Capo ~ Going nowhere fast …
Robert Fisher ~ Smile

Rachel Francis ~ A Foggy Evening
Daniel Iannuzzi ~ Colourful Fishermen, Bay of Fundy
Loryn Mitchell ~ Cotton Candy Skies

Accepted Artists

Lee Abernethy
Ian Archer
Tim Bellhouse
Stuart Blower
Robert J. Bourke
Jennifer Burrows
Joseph Capo
Ross Colby
Jean-Maurice Cormier
Linda Down
Jenny Fisher
Robert Fisher
Harper Forbes
Rachel Francis
Tim Fyshe
Michelle Gauthier
Garry Herridge
Daniel Iannuzzi
Nick Janushewski
Sharon Janushewski
Dewan Karim
Alma Kelley
John Krasinski
Andrew Kulin
Jacqueline La Frano
Maretha Lottering
Kim Lowes
Jeff Mitchell
Loryn Mitchell
Raz Mohammed
Natalie Najib
Heather Nicholson
Brian Peters
David Reid
Gordon Ross
Caitlin Sabean-Untermann
Allan Short
Peter Simon
Raymond St. Jean
Russ Styles
Barbara Szita-Knight
Jane Walker
Ted Warren
Laura Willems
Vanessa Young



2019 Juror
Leif Petersen

Leif PetersenLeif Petersen is retired from a 32 year career with General Motors and Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC), a division of Daimler Corporation. During the last several years of his career, he was DDC’s Vice President responsible for sales and service in Canada and the international market.

He is currently the President of the Oshawa Camera Club, Vice President of the Ontario Council of Camera Clubs (O3C) and Treasurer of the Toronto Focal Forum, a group of avid photographers, who print and evaluate their images. He is a CAPA and O3C accredited photographic judge and regularly judges photo competitions for O3C member clubs.

Leif also serves on the Advisory Committee for Durham College’s photography program. He is an Ambassador for Panasonic Canada, which involves evaluating their equipment and promoting their technology.

Leif has been involved in photography for over 30 years and his skills have been recognized in regional and national competitions and publications. He travels extensively throughout the world, primarily for photography, and leads tours to Northern Norway and India. His photographic portfolio covers several genres: travel, land and seascapes, architecture and macro. He enjoys sharing his photographic knowledge by offering workshops on various aspects of photography including software applications, macro photography, black and white photography, printing, etc. He prints, mats and frames his own images for exhibitions and retail sales.

You can view some of Leif’s work at and contact him at


2019 Juried Photography Exhibition
I was honoured to receive the invitation to juror the Pine Ridge Art Council’s 6th annual Juried
Photography Exhibition. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The 128 images submitted represented all photographic genres. Indeed, it was a challenge to select the final images for the exhibit and to include as many of the photographers as possible. Although I’m very involved in photography, with printing being one of my favourite aspects, I was pleasantly surprised that many of the images popped to life in their final printed form. It definitely supports my opinion that photographs deserve to be printed, shared and exhibited vs. left to obscurity on our cell phones, tablets and computers or in the cloud.
The purposes behind this ompetition are to attract as many local photographers as possible, both adult and youth, to mount an impressive exhibit for the ommunity to enjoy and to recognize the local
photographic talent. Those purposes have been achieved each year and this year was no exception.
Congratulations to PRAC for your success!
Congratulations must also go to everyone who participated. Even if your images were not chosen for the
exhibit, please don’t be discouraged. I speak from experience when I say that every competition you enter is a learning experience. I would venture to guess that there are a few who have entered each year
and were chosen for the first time this time around. Those Photographers whose images were accepted will be beaming with pride as they show off their work to family and friends. The winners will be
especially pleased with their achievement….congratulations.
Lastly, a word to all entrants and any photographers reading this: print your art, show it off by hanging it in your home, give it away as gifts so others can enjoy it and explore the possibility of exhibiting in
various area venues - galleries, restaurants and offices.
I look forward to seeing you at the May 2nd exhibit opening. Enjoy the show!

Frame mounting

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


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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