Photo Contest

Be inspired by this year’s theme – Montreal Of My Heart – to photograph the city from all its angles.

42nd edition of the photo contest
Montreal Of My Heart

From February 14 to June 15, 2021.

Credit: John Dohan

2021 Edition

Scout the streets of your neighbourhood, explore new paths, and capture in images your inspirations from this year’s theme, Montreal Of My Heart.

The aim of the photo competition, inaugurated in 1991 by the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, is to stimulate the discovery of the city, past and present, as seen through the eyes of inhabitants and visitors.

This year’s theme challenges photographers to capture a palpable feeling of urban well-being by focussing on unique places that exude an atmosphere of pleasure. The charm of each of Montreal’s 19 boroughs is exemplified by these oases for citizens. They might be a park, a small square, a street corner, a green lane, a house, a small business, or another of the city’s hidden treasures.

Whether you actually live in the city or not, show us how Montreal is tattooed on your heart!

The photo contest is organized by the MEM in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal, Photo Service, Encadrex and the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal.

Prizes

1st prize, offered by Tourisme Montréal

A $2000 photography contract with Tourisme Montréal (see details below)

2nd prize, offered by Photo Service

A $1000 gift certificate from Photo Service.

3rd prize, offered by Encadrex

A $500 gift certificate from Encadrex

The Special Prize offered by the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal

(limited to participants between the ages of 12 and 30 inclusively)

Gift certificates from the boutique Signé Local ($250) and the Coopérative les Librairies indépendantes du Québec ($250)

Competition rules

How to enter?

Simply send a maximum of two photographs to the MEM – Centre des mémoires montréalaises.

Online participation only

For each photograph, you must fill out the online form. Provide the address or place where the photo was taken, your name and address, and attach the photo in digital format.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to everyone: amateur, semi-professional, and professional photographers.

When can I enter?

From February 14 to June 15, 2021.

Technical specifications

Photos must be digital, in jpg format.The smallest side must have a minimum of 4800 pixels. Submitted files must not exceed 25 MB.

Artist's rights

Acceptance of the competition’s terms is a requirement, which gives the City of Montreal and Tourisme Montréal licence to use and reproduce the photographs entered, free of charge and for an unlimited period, in any manner or form they choose. It is also the participant's guarantee that he or she is the true author of the photograph or the authorized user of it. It also guarantees that the photographer will be credited whenever the photograph is used.

It is the photographer's obligation to have the approval form filled out by any person recognizable in a photograph.

Evaluation of the photographs

The jury is composed of photography professionals and representatives of Tourisme Montréal, MEM – Centre des mémoires montréalaises, Photo Service, Encadrex, and the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal.

Prizes

1st prize, offered by Tourisme Montréal

A $2000 photography contract with Tourisme Montréal (see details below).

2nd prize, offered by Photo Service

A $1000 gift certificate from Photo Service.

3rd prize, offered by Encadrex

A $500 gift certificate from Encadrex

The Special Prize offered by the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal

(limited to participants between the ages of 12 and 30 inclusively)

Gift certificates from the boutique Signé Local ($250) and the Coopérative les Librairies indépendantes du Québec ($250)

Terms and conditions for the 1st prize

The 1st prize winner will be awarded a photography contract by Tourisme Montréal ($2000 value), paid in the form of professional fees.

The winning photographer agrees to:

  • provide and use his/her photography material, without additional fees;
  • come to the Tourisme Montréal office for a briefing;
  • take the photographs requested by the deadline given by Tourisme Montréal (60 photo essay shots or four beauty shots;
  • give Tourisme Montréal the photographs not more than 15 working days after they are taken;
  • sign an authorization which allows the City of Montreal and Tourisme Montréal to use, reproduce, and disseminate the photos entered in the competition, in any manner and in any form they choose; and guarantees that the photographs are original and that he/she is the true author of the photograph or the authorized user of it.

Tourisme Montréal agrees to:

  • pay the winner $2000;
  • publish photo credits when the winner’s photos are used;
  • provide the winner with the support needed to carry out the mandate.