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CONTACT 2014 Photography Festival

The 17th annual CONTACT Photography Festival takes place in Toronto from May 1 – 31.

As the largest photography festival in the world, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has become a premiere cultural event with a broad range of international programming.

CONTACT participants, whether acclaimed international artists or local emerging photographers, exhibit in a variety of venues throughout the greater Toronto area including public museums, private galleries, restaurants, cafes, community centres and alternative spaces such as billboards, Pearson International Airport and building facades.

This year’s festival focuses on the relationship between identity and photography, emphasizing the power of photographs to influence a physical and psychological identification with people, places and things.

The festival also includes workshops, discussions and portfolio reviews.

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Jason Payne – Sudan

This week’s feature is by Vancouver-based photographer Jason Payne

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Africa’s longest and most forgotten civil war raged in southern Sudan for the better part of half a century.

Varying levels of strife have wreaked havoc across southern Sudan since 1955. The last civil war began in 1983. It was fuelled by cultural, religious and political differences. Foreign interests, in the form of oil concessions, sustained the violence. Continue reading »

Bonny Makarewicz (1962 – 2014)


Whistler-based photojournalist Bonny Makarewicz passed away yesterday, March 27, after a battle with cancer. She was a former staff photographer at the Whistler Question and was immensely well respected among her peers and the Whistler community.
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Eduardo Lima – Beyond Sectarian Lines

This week’s feature is by Toronto-based photographer Eduardo Lima

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The project “Beyond Sectarian Lines” is an ongoing project that aims to examine how the sectarian profile of the Syrian Civil War is affecting Lebanon.

Since the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990, Shiite, Sunni and Christian communities have co-existed in relative peace. However since the latest developments in Syria, sectarian violence in Lebanon has increased considerably.

Lebanon’s government is based on a unique sectarian system designed at the end of the civil war in 1990 with the goal of balancing  power among the country’s different sects: the president is a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the Parliament speaker a Shiite Muslim.  However, in the recent months, the war in neighboring Syria has spilled into Lebanon, threatening this fragile political balance.
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2013 National Newspaper Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 2013 National Newspaper Awards were announced in Toronto earlier this week.

In the photography categories, the finalists are:

Feature Photo

• Tyler Anderson, National Post
• Mark Blinch, for Reuters
• Leah Rae Hennel, Calgary Herald

News Feature Photo

• Moe Doiron, The Globe and Mail
• Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press
• Steve Russell, Toronto Star

News Photo

• Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal
• Lucas Oleniuk, Toronto Star
• Jordan Verlage, for The Canadian Press

Sports Photo

• Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun
• Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press
• Darren Stone, Victoria Times Colonist



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