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April 22, 2009
City photo contest calls for creative Toronto images
The City of Toronto today announced it is holding a "Building a great city - together" photo contest. The City is looking for powerful images that evoke Toronto’s spirit, energy and unique character. The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.

"This photo contest is a way to tap into the tremendous wealth of creative talent we have in Toronto and for the public to engage with local government," said Mayor David Miller.

Judging will take place in a number of categories including 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.

Entries will be evaluated based on content, image quality, creativity, uniqueness, relevance to the contest theme and category, and overall visual appeal. A panel of three judges will review short-listed photos and winners will be notified in July 2009.

Winning photos and those that receive honourable mention will be posted online. Photographers with a winning submission will also receive special City of Toronto prizes.

The contest will run from April 22 through June 12, 2009. The contest is being run on the Flickr website at Those wishing to submit photos to the contest must be a member of Flickr - membership is free. More information about this photo contest, including rules and instructions, are 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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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