We’re pleased to announce
this year’s winners

Winners Announced

The Magenta Foundation is pleased to
announce the winners of year fifteen 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
Flash Forward 2018 Special Category Winners

February 12, 2019–October 19, 2019

Join us

Flash Forward: Luisa Dörr; Nina Röder; Nichole Sobecki; Jan Hoek; Duran Lantink and SistaazHood

LUMA is thrilled to present the special interest category winners of the Magenta Foundation’s 2018 Flash Forward Competition.


Opening Reception
5:30–7:30 pm

Layola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

New digital format
Visit the Flash Forward 2019 website

As we move into our re-branding for Flash Forward, we worked on a digital platform that highlights our artists and their work with more of a visual storytelling focus.

This new website has over 1,000 photos on it from photographers all over the world.

Click here to see the best of Flash Forward 2019.

Flash Forward 2019 home page

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.