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January 18, 2010
City of Toronto’s photo contest clicks with residents - more than 4,000 submissions
The City of Toronto held an evening reception at City Hall for the winning photographers and those who received honourable mention in the "Building a great city - together" photo contest. More than 700 photographers submitted about 4,100 photos, which were judged by a three-member panel.

The judges selected 52 winning photographs and 130 honourable mentions in 13 different categories. The results of the contest are posted at

"There was a tremendous response to this photo contest,” said Mayor David Miller. "This contest is great way to showcase the wealth of talent we have in Toronto and for the public to engage with their city."

“The City is proud to host this reception to celebrate the talent and passion for the city found in these talented photographers. The photo contest is another way the City of Toronto continues to encourage and support significant cultural initiatives,” commented City Manager Joe Pennachetti.

Judging took place in 13 categories covering themes such as City programs and services; parks and playgrounds; landscapes and gardens; urban wildlife and pets; the waterfront; local events and festivals; people at work, play and on the move; architecture/buildings; culture and entertainment; and Toronto’s neighbourhoods and history - all tied to the theme of building a great city together.

The three judges were Jocelyn Richards, City of Toronto photographer, Steve Mackinnon, City archivist, and
Kate Schneider, an artist and educator who teaches photography at Guelph-Humber University in Toronto.

The judges were looking for powerful images that evoked Toronto’s spirit, energy and unique character.
Entries were evaluated by the judges based on content, image quality, creativity, uniqueness, relevance to the contest theme and category, and overall visual appeal.

The images selected feature many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods, such as the Distillery District and the Beach, beautiful scenes of Toronto’s waterfront and landscapes, people who make up our multicultural city, bold architecture, and cultural events such as Caribana, Nuit Blanche and music festivals.

In addition to having their photos displayed online, photographers with a winning submission receive prizes including the recent book, Toronto’s Visual Legacy: Official City Photography from 1865 to the Present.

Below is a list of first place winners in each category:
City programs - Ryan Raz
City parks - Danny Mejia
City land - Sergio Miulescu
City animal - Cameron MacMaster
City water - Peter Bowers
City events - Ryan Raz
City people - Ryan Raz
City neighbour - Sabri Irmak
City build - Maria Marks
City culture - Weihua (David) Huang
City biz - Michael Mitchener
City history - Ryan Raz
City night - Katrin Ray

The contest was conducted on the Flickr website at
More information about this photo contest is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Christopher Fernandes, Communications Advisor, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5211,



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