Info for Photographers

Get 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 entire month of October is photo month in Winnipeg with events, seminars, parties, and numerous photo venues across Winnipeg. The festival takes place during all 31 days of October. Photos may be hung earlier than October 1st and taken down after October 31st, but they should be up for the whole month.

There is a $150 submission fee to get involved with the festival. Either the photographer or the venue pays the fee, not both. Group shows can be split amongst all the participants. No one is refused as long as the photographer and venue agree and the paperwork is signed by August 1st.

For 2017 we’re continuing 20140926-IMG_5751 copy 2with the EARLY BIRD special. If you can get all the info to us by June 21st then the entrance fee is reduced to $99.99.


  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!

The FLASH Festival actively promotes itself through posters, social media and online advertising. Posters will be put up around Winnipeg multiple times leading up to the festival, 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!

The presentation of your photography should be professionally framed and presented, and care must be taken not to damage any walls. Prints can be dry-mounted on foam core, or put in IKEA frames, as long as it looks good and everyone is happy.

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.

If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us at