Submissions FAQ

When are submissions open?

Submissions to the Capture Photography Festival’s Exhibition and Event Programs open September 9, 2019 and close October 21, 2019 for the 2020 Festival.

What’s the difference between the Featured Exhibition Program and the Selected Exhibition Program?

All submissions to Capture’s Exhibition Program are subject to evaluation by a jury made up of arts professionals, artists, and a Capture representative. The jury determines which exhibitions to include in that year’s Selected Exhibition Program, based on a set of evaluative criteria.

From that initial group, the jury also chooses a small number of exhibitions for further inclusion in the Featured Exhibition Program. As such, application to the Featured Exhibition Program is not direct, but rather an extension of the Selected Exhibition application process. Featured Exhibitions receive an extended treatment in the Capture Catalogue and priority placement on the website.

What sort of Events does Capture take?

Capture is open to film screenings, talks, tours, workshops, community events, and other events related to the subject of photography and lens-based art. Please note that exhibition openings are not accepted into the Events Program.

Event submissions are not subject to jury evaluation, but they must meet the Festival’s basic criteria of being lens-related to be included in the festival programming.

What happens if I don’t get into the Selected Exhibition Program?

Your exhibition will not be included in that year’s programming. However, we invite you to submit any artist talks, workshops, or other events you may be hosting in conjunction with your exhibition for listing in the catalogue and on the website.

Please email [email protected] to receive an Event Submission Form.

What happened to the Open Exhibition Program?

Capture is no longer running the community Open Exhibition Program (2017, 2018). For more information, please see this blog post.

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

Yes. We may request to see a floor plan for any spaces new to Capture. If you are not affiliated with the space (e.g., an employee or member) or the venue where you are exhibiting is not your own space (e.g., your studio), then Capture requires a confirmation letter from the venue.

How much does it cost to participate in Capture?

Submissions to the Exhibition Program are subject to a $25 fee. This fee includes an annual membership ($20) to Capture Photography Festival Society, and helps with the costs of the submissions system (Submittable).

Submissions to the Events Program are free. If you are submitting events only (with no associated exhibition), please purchase a Capture membership ($20) to help support the Festival and cover submissions costs.

What are the benefits of participating in Capture?

Capture, along with its many partners and participants, harnesses the energy collectively generated to create excitement around lens-based art for the month of April. Your exhibition and/or event will be part of a citywide celebration 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 Catalogue features all Festival activities, along with editorial content. Thousands of copies are distributed around Greater Vancouver and are free of charge for festivalgoers. Every participating exhibition receives copies of the catalogue (number varies depending on size/accessibility of venue and availability of catalogues), as well as a Capture logo vinyl to clearly identify the exhibition as part of the Festival.

Participating Exhibitions and Events receive benefits such as press access to your images, coverage on Capture’s social media accounts, and cross-promotion with other participating galleries and venues.

Participating Exhibitions also receive:

  • At least one full page in the Capture Photography Festival Catalogue, with a 200-word exhibition description and at least one image reproduction. (Featured Exhibitions receive multiple pages, more images, and a longer write-up.)
  • One webpage with up to 7 images on the Festival website.
  • Opportunity to participate in Capture programming, such as gallery hops.
  • Priority coverage through Capture’s social media channels (note that priority coverage can only be extended to programming occuring during the Festival period in April).

Participating Events also receive:

  • A listing in the Capture Photography Festival Catalogue (image reproduction not guaranteed).
  • One webpage on the Festival website.
  • Coverage through Capture’s social media channels.

All exhibitions have the opportunity to contribute events, such as artist talks and exhibition tours, to the Capture program. Capture is always exploring new ways to increase community engagement with the Exhibition Program and is open to suggestions. Email [email protected] with any ideas or comments.

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 Metro Vancouver Regional District of British Columbia during at least part of the month of April.

How do to I find a venue for my exhibition?

We know it can be extremely hard to find space in Vancouver. However, with no parameters on what the exhibition space must be, the sky’s the limit. Get in touch with community galleries, 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. Turn your studio into a gallery for a few days.

Exhibitions can also be of any duration, as long as they are at least one day in April. So, for example, you could run a three-day exhibition in a commercially rented space.

Previous editions of the Festival may provide venue ideas. You can see past editions of the Festival on the website on the Exhibitions page by 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. Get in touch at [email protected].

What sorts of costs are associated with exhibitions?

The costs of mounting an exhibition vary 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 already garners 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 VancouverBC Arts CouncilCanada Council for the Arts, and Vancouver Foundation, among other funding bodies, for more information.

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, catalogue, 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.

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