• We award $50,000 in book prizes.
  • Submit your work by
    January 15, 2019

Open Call for Entries
Submit your work
by January 15, 2019

  • Open to all photographers around the world.
  • Applicants must be 34 years-of-age or under
    as of  December 31, 2018.
  • The submission fee is $25 USD.
  • Please review all submission guidelines and upload instructions before you submit your work.

The Magenta Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of TD Bank Group for their ongoing commitment to Flash Forward and to emerging artists.

TD Bank Group
Special Interest Categories
Special Categories Winners Catalogues

Our emerging photographers competition supports all young photographers working in all forms of photography, and introduces four important special-interest topics: Racial Issues, Climate and the Environment, LGBTQ Issues, Female-identifying Photographers, Indigenous Photographers.

Prizes

We award $50,000 in book prizes.

The selected 100 winners will have their work printed in the comeptition catalogue.

The winners of each special interest categories will have their work printed in an artist catalogue.

Exposure

Selected winners will have their work featured on flashforwardflashback.com, our new online competition showcase.

Winners of our competition frequently get featured in international press publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The British Journal of Photography.

Jurors

  • Katie Dunn Contributing Photo Editor, Airbnb Magazine
  • Natasha Ritsma Curator, Loyola University Museum of Art
  • Giuseppe Oliverio CEO & Founder, PHmuseum
  • Lucy Pike Content Lead, WeTransfer
  • Christy Havranek  Huff Post, Photo Director
  • Jasmine DeFoore Freelance photo editor and photo consultant
  • Carol LeFlufy Owner/Agent, Eye Forward
  • Alessia Glaviano Vogue Italia/Director of Photo Vogue
  • Michaela Peker The Canvas Agency, Toronto
  • Kerry Manders Writer, Editor, Curator, Photographer
  • Quentin Nardi Chief Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
  • Hannah Yoon Authority Collective
  • Jess T Dugan Photographer and Co-Founder, Strange Fire Collective
  • Catherine Troiano Curator, Photographs, V&A
  • Jaki Jo Hannan Integrated Producer, adam&eveDDB & Founder, Equal Lens
  • Laura Beltran Villamizar Founder Native Photo Agency, Projects Editor at NPR
  • Madz Rehorek Photographer, Curator, Teacher. Asia Pacific manager for @dysturb
  • Chloe Coleman Photo Editor, The Washington Post
  • Lesley Beardy Freelance Photographer, Graduate Student in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Project Manager for upcoming GLAM Collective exhibition
  • Rachel Wine Assistant Photo Editor at The Globe And Mail

MORE jurors to be announced in coming weeks…

I have been really impressed with the youthfulness and quality of the photographers. It makes it hard to reject them and I know how hard it is to find a language so early in their careers.

—Azu Nwagbogu, Director, AAF/LagosPhoto

I was really blown away by the quality and breadth of the submissions. Unlike many juries I have participated in, I found that nearly all the submissions were strong, and had to thoroughly read each artist statement to make my selection.

—Devan Patel, Director, Project Gallery

A new direction
Flash Forward: Canada and the World

In the spirit of trailblazing for underserved artists and issues, we are continuing and improving our shift in direction for Flash Forward 2019. It is time to create an expansive visual language base, supporting the work of artists who are doing all they can, to make our planet and world, better place for all.

Flash Forward image makers voices will be at the forefront of how the youth of today will educate us all to help us change our world.

Canada and the World
Flash Forward 2019 will be an emerging photographers competition for ALL photographers (34 years-of-age or under, as of December 31, 2018), from all over the world in all forms of photography. It will have something for everyone in all ways the medium is represented today and introduce five important special-interest topics:

  • Racial Issues
  • Climate and the Environment
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Female-identifying Photographers
  • Indigenous Photographers

If your work is not in the 5 special interest categories, don’t worry. You can still submit your work! If you win, your work will be included in the main catalogue.

Prizes
$50,000 in Book Awards

Flash Forward: Canada and the World will include 5 publications as part of the yearly award.

  • One large compendium of the 100 winners from the year, and
  • 5 artist catalogues; one for each special interest focus.

The competition will also have more ways to showcase the work submitted, thereby increasing the audience. Special guest editors will also be part of our exciting program revision. All the work will be seen on the new Flash Forward Flash Back website.

Its time to change the world we live in. SUBMIT!

About Flash Forward

Established in 2004, Flash Forward, in all its award-winning formats, has been a life-changing career boost for young photographers since its inception 14 years ago. This program for supporting and encouraging emerging artists in Canada and worldwide began with an idea to invest in artists barely out of university. Not only did we turn a small idea into a prominent worldwide competition, we paved the way for a high school program to influence arts curriculums, change and encourage leadership in teachers and keep essential funds in high schools.