We’re pleased to announce
this year’s winners

Winners Announced

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to
announce the winners of year thirteen of Flash Forward,
its Emerging Photographers Competition.

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.


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.


Selected winners will have their work featured on, 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.


  • Sam Barzilay Creative Director & Co-Founder of United Photo Industries & Photoville
  • Clinton Cargill Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Chloe Coleman Photo Editor, The Washington Post
  • Peter DiCampo Photographer and Every Day Africa
  • Erin Elder Senior Manager, Business Strategy and Operations, The Globe and Mail
  • Dan Gaba Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Liz Ikiriko Photo Editor/Curator
  • Nicolas Janowski Photographer and Curator at Fola & PHMuseum
  • Cat Jimenez Executive Director, Lucie Foundation
  • Oliver Laurent Photo Editor, Foreign + Social Media, The Washington Post
  • Brent Lewis Photo Editor, ESPN and Founder, Diversify Photo
  • Paul Moakley Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise, Time Magazine
  • Lori Morgan Photo Editor, Air Canada EnRoute
  • Devan Patel Director, Project Gallery
  • Elizabeth Renstrom Photographer and Photo Editor, VICE
  • Arianna Rinaldo Independent Photo Editor and Curator
  • Vanessa Runions Associate Art Curator, TD Bank Group
  • Kim Spencer-Nairn Director, Capture Photo Festival
  • Ian Sternthal Founder, Sternthal Books
  • Jeremy Tsang Visual Artist and Founder, Jeremy Does Art Prints & Double Happiness Projects
  • Daniella Zalcman Documentary photographer and Founder, Women Photograph

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

When the Flash Forward Emerging Artists Competition first began 13 years ago, the intention was to support and encourage emerging photographers in Canada and stack them up against their counterparts in the U.S. and U.K. to show that there was a group of talented voices not getting the exposure it deserved.

As we enter our 14th year, we are seeing a growing shift in perspective: The work of these young people is being taken seriously industry wide, as gallerists, art buyers and photo editors realize that this younger generation is better suited to tell the stories that speak to their peer group. You only need to look to the explosion of Instagram and the talent mining that routinely happens there, for major campaigns to see the change.

Because of this and in the spirit of standing up for under-served artists focusing on the major issues of our time, The Magenta Foundation is announcing a big change for Flash Forward 2018.

Canada and the World
Flash Forward 2018 will be an emerging photographers competition for ALL photographers (34 years-of-age or under, as of December 31, 2017), in all forms of photography, from all over the world.

Special Interest Areas
This year we’re also introducing 4 additional areas of special interest:

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

If your work is not in the 4 special interest categories, don’t worry. You can still submit your work!!! If you win, your work will be included in the main catalogue.

$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
  • 4 artist catalogues; one for each special interest focus.

With these book awards we hope to start conversations that promote awareness, engagement, education and acceptance worldwide. We want to create an expansive visual language base, supporting the work of artists who are doing all they can to make the world a better place while making sure we celebrate and showcase, emerging talent, in all forms.

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 13 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.