Winnipeg's Annual Photo Fest — every October since 2014



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Oct 8-Loch Gallery Opening Day


tonylucianiLOCH GALLERY

306 St. Mary’s Road, WINNIPEG

MAMMA: In the Meantime  opens on Thursday, October 8th, from 10am-5pm at Loch Gallery in Winnipeg

LOCH GALLERY will open a unique exhibition of photography and paintings by acclaimed Canadian artist Tony Luciani on October 8th, on view until October 20th. MAMMA: In the Meantime  will feature 20 photographs and 2 new paintings that powerfully narrate the daily life of mother and son, and the experience of living with dementia.

Normal Hours: Tues – Sat 10am-5:30pm

Time Flies!

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I hate to say it, but Autumn will be here soon. And August 1st will be here even sooner!

That is the deadline to enter the festival. If you need help finding a venue then email us; we can help.

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Info for Photographers


Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 1.06.25 PMGet some photography on the walls and some people through the doors.

We are heading into the fourth annual photographic festival in October 2017.

Restaurants, lobbies, coffee shops, pubs, hat shops, galleries, photo studios, even a bus shelter were used to display Winnipeg’s professional and amateur photographers since it began in 2014. These venues were an active destination for people seeking out the shows and benefited from the increased traffic. Some venues saw a hundred extra visitors because of the festival.

The festival takes place during all 31 days, each month of October.  Photos may be hung earlier than October 1st and taken down after October 31st, but should be up for the whole month.

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No one is refused.

Everyone is accepted.

As long as you have some photography to hang,

a venue to hang it in,

the agreement is signed by you and the venue,

and the $150 fee is paid by August 1 2016,

you’re in!

For 2017 we are continuing with the EARLY BIRD special.

If you can get all the info to us by June 15th

then the entrance fee is reduced to


So let’s get going!



  1. Think of a great photo show idea and a place to put it.
  2. Secure a venue. Anywhere in Winnipeg, and possibly beyond…
  3. Download agreement:  FLASH Agreement 2017
  4. Arrange a meeting to sign it and make payment. (Cash or Cheques are accepted.  Please make out to “Flash Photographic Festival”).
  5. Get ready to put on a show for all of October!

Email us at so we can meet up.

The entire month of October will be photo month in Winnipeg with events, seminars, parties and numerous photo venues across Winnipeg. A program will be printed and available for FREE.

Posters will be put up around town and Social Media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) will be engaged to promote each venue.

Photographers of all kinds can approach venues to display their art. Usually one photographer will hang in one venue, but group shows in one venue are also welcome. It’s up to you to find a place to show your work, so go talk to your local eatery or business and make some friends and find a venue. The festival regrets that we cannot book venues for you. We can make suggestions, but we really want photographers to find their own. You know your neighbourhood better than we do!

IMG_8020aThere is a $150 submission fee to get involved with the festival. No artist will be refused as long as the venue is secured and the paperwork is signed by August 1 2017. The venue may wish to sponsor the photographer and pay the $150 submission fee for them; or offer to pay half.

Either the photographer OR the venue pays the fee, not both.

Group shows can split the fee. Fifteen people in a venue need to cover $10 each.

The show should be mounted in the venue so that it all looks good. You do not have to frame things expensively; IKEA has some lovely affordable frames. Dry mounted to foam core, or printed on metal is also great!

The Lab Works at 1847 Main street is the print sponsor for the festival, and they give a discount for all participating photographers. You may get your photos printed anywhere, but The Lab Works does great work and will give you a good price.


FLASH photographic festival

468D Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3C 1B6

Cendrine Marrouat’s new book


20160308-IMG_6554Cendrine and I sat down recently to talk about her second book of photography, and I was curious about her past, as I am with everyone, and she used to write poetry. “Me too” I said, but then again, I used to do a lot of things. Cendrine is originally from Toulouse France and was inspired to become a teacher by her parents, and only recently picked up a camera and was encouraged by people wanting to buy photos from her.

She is following her own advice and shooting constantly, because “…you must practice practice practice. The gear you use is not the most important thing. Your patience and willingness to learn will go a long way.”

Her newest book, launching March 23, 2016, is full of small moments from places all around the world, and encourages us to see  “Life’s Little Things” as it is titled. “Like any other piece of art, a good photo tells a story that makes you experience emotions. But the story cane relatable or make people uncomfortable. And by uncomfortable I mean that the photo forces them to look at things differently from what they are used to.”

“Human Love” Photo by Nazir Ekhlass

Cendrine is always looking for the spiritual and the transient aspects of life to inform her photography. One of her favourite photographers is Nazir Ekhlass who takes beautiful photos in Afghanistan of daily life. He has a photo of a man kissing a street dog and as she described it the hair on her arm stood up. I saw it!

Another photographer she mentioned was Steve Bisig. I will have to look him up. I love talking to photographers about their inspirations, I always learn something new.

See Cendrine’s photos and buy her new book at:


Martin Kolbus

Martin Kolbus. Photo by Trevor Johnsen

We are saddened by the sudden passing of Martin Kolbus.

Jan 1, 1964  – Jan 10 2016

He was an eager supporter of the festival and participated in the inaugural year in 2014. His interests included Shibari, cool cars and the photographic possibilities of the female form.


Photo by Martin Kolbus
Photo by Martin Kolbus
Martin Kolbus. Photo by Trevor Johnsen
Martin Kolbus. Photo by Trevor Johnsen
winnipeg Photographer, Martin Kolbus
Winnipeg Photographer, Martin Kolbus

One last Party! November 7, 8-11pm


finalexposure_editAfter Flash, Flash Fest Wrap, Final Exposure … call it what you want, it’s the last hurray of the 2015 Flash Fest. It’s a thank you to location hosts, artists and volunteers. It’s a celebration of a successful second year. It’s a community event!Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 1.30.22 PM copy

Join us at Fools + Horses for cocktails by Mike Fox from Albert Street Cocktail CompanyConstance Popp Chocolates is providing chocolate cameras, there will be cookies from High Tea Bakery, donuts from Oh Doughnuts a DJ and a custom photo booth! 

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