April 2015 Flash-Photo-Logo 1000The Second annual Flash Photographic Festival will be the month of October 2015.

Based on the successful concept of the Contact festival in Toronto, Flash festival aims to celebrate the medium of photography in every aspect across the city of Winnipeg.

The hope is that the festival will expose the public to a variety of photographic work and showcase the diverse range of artists working within photography here in Winnipeg.

With Winnipeg’s long and established reputation as a leader in visual arts within Western Canada, the city is poised to become a leader in photography with the arrival of the Flash Festival.


The festival is open to all photographers in Manitoba and has a basic criteria for participation.

The photographer or venue pays the fee of $150.

The photographer must secure his or her own venue and have a signed agreement, before the deadline of August 1st.

The photographer is then obligated to prepare and hang and show the work for the month of October in that venue.

The work does not necessarily have to be framed in a costly way, but does have to look proper and professional.

No Photographer will be refused as long as the criteria are met.

 Read the Festival Agreement HERE

Once accepted into the festival, the photographer will receive mention in the official festival program, inclusion on the website, and invitation to participate within the festival forums.

The festival will be heavily promoted within local and international media, and actively promoting on social media. With the city’s long standing history of supporting festivals, photographers can look forward to increased exposure through the public’s response and the media’s coverage.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate photography beyond the standard gallery shows. The hope is to create an environment where various businesses and organizations can tailor some of their content to align with the festival. Some examples include seminars hosted by rental spaces, teaching lighting or shooting techniques, walking photo tours of neighbourhoods hosted by Biz development zones or restaurants that offer photographic theme dishes. Discussions are happening with various art organizations for the potential of photographic themed content to coincide with the festival.

The festival will only work with active participation from the community. The festival will look to the photographic community for ideas for Winnipeg to celebrate photography in unique ways.

Contact Leif Norman at FlashPhotoFest@Gmail.com for more information.