Submissions FAQ

What’s the difference between the Capture Photography Festival and the Capture Open Program?

Submissions to the Capture Photography Festival are subject to jury evaluation, while Capture Open Program submissions are not. The Selected exhibitions are chosen as that year’s representative exhibitions and will receive priority placement in the Capture Magazine and on the website. Selected exhibitions and their associated events will also have the opportunity to be included in Capture-led programming such as gallery hops and other events.

What happens if I don’t get into the Capture Photography Festival?

Your exhibition will automatically be offered a place in the Capture Open Program.

Do I have to be a Vancouver-based artist or gallery to submit to Capture?

No! However, your exhibition or event must take place in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia during at least part of the month of April.

Do I need to have a venue confirmed in order to submit?

Yes. Additionally, Capture Photography Festival exhibitions must be in professional spaces. For the Capture Open Program, if it’s not your own space (e.g., a studio) or you are not affiliated with the space (e.g., an employee or member), then Capture requires a confirmation letter from the venue.

How do to I find a venue for my Open Program submission?

With no parameters on what the space must be, the sky’s the limit. Get in touch with community galleries, coffee shops, retail stores, and other businesses to see if you can use their walls, or pitch an outdoor mural or installation. Contact the representative of an empty storefront and inquire if you can rent it for the month of April. Check-in with local libraries and universities. Co-opt advertising spaces.

You can also look at previous editions of the Festival for venue ideas. You can see past editions of the Festival on the website by heading over to the Exhibitions page and selecting a year from the “View Past Festivals” drop-down menu below the map.

While Capture is unable to provide venues for exhibition, we have suggestions, especially for out-of-town participants. Get in touch at

How much does it cost to participate in Capture?

Both Selected and Open applicants are subject to a $100 (plus GST) fee upfront. Those who are accepted to the Selected Program will be invoiced for the remaining $200 (plus GST) upon confirmation of acceptance (not-for-profits exempt). These fees also secure each applicant membership to Capture Photography Festival Society, including voting privileges at the annual general meeting.

The cost of mounting an exhibition varies greatly depending on the type of venue and format of the work. Likewise, the cost of hiring a venue varies greatly based on whether you choose to split sales with the venue or rent it outright.

There may also be costs associated with marketing your exhibition, if you choose to do so. Being part of Capture does ensure exposure and public attention, so any additional marketing you do independently is entirely up to you.

Grants not affiliated with Capture are available for both emerging and established artists. Check the websites of the City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts for more information.

Is there a submission fee to participate in the Events Program?

No, there is no submission fee for events. However, to be included in Capture programming events must meet the basic criteria of being photo or lens related.

What happens when I submit my images to Capture?

By submitting you agree to allow Capture to reproduce your images for promotional reasons, including for the website, magazine, and social media, and to allow Capture to provide your images to external media. The images will appear with full credit as provided in the submitted caption information. Copyright remains with the creator. See the terms and conditions for more information.

What are the benefits of participating in Capture?

Your exhibition and/or event will be part of a citywide celebration of photography and lens-based art with the opportunity to participate in meaningful discourse about the medium.

The Capture website includes all Festival activities, including every exhibition and event, along with a handy “My Itinerary” feature that allows visitors to plan what they’d like to see and share it with friends. Likewise, the Capture magazine features all Festival activities with accompanying photographs for all exhibitions. Increased prominence will be granted to Selected exhibitions (please see the mock-ups for an example of the distinctions between the Selected layout (PDF) and the Open layout (PDF)).

Each submission, whether it has qualified for the Selected or Open Exhibition Program, receives at least one box of Capture magazines (box number varies depending on size/accessibility of venue and availability of magazines), as well as a Capture logo vinyl to clearly identify the exhibition as part of the Festival.

All exhibitions have the opportunity to contribute events, such as artist talks and exhibition tours, to the Capture program. Selected Program exhibitions will be included in additional programming, including gallery hops. Capture is also exploring new ways to increase community engagement with the Selected Program and is open to suggestions. Email with any ideas or comments.

Capture also works with a PR team and our media sponsor, the Georgia Straight, to attract media attention for as many exhibitions as possible. And lastly, the Festival advertises Canada-wide with an eye-catching creative campaign.

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