2020/21 Chang School Photography Exhibition: Coming in May 2021: Detail of Somewhere in Mexico by Margit Koivisto

Celebrating Excellence in Student Photography

The Chang School Photography Exhibition, organized by instructor Joël Bénard, gives students an opportunity to display their strongest photographic work in a juried show. Students enrolled in visual studies courses – including Photography Studies, Film Studies, Image Arts, and Digital Art Production – are eligible to submit their images. Each year, leading professionals from the photography community select several works for their particular merit. Winning artists receive valuable awards that include gifts from photography-supply outlets and arts organizations.

Exhibitors can invite guests to the opening reception, where they can mingle with colleagues and gallery visitors.

Volunteer Your Time

Exhibition volunteers are welcome! Volunteer roles may include social media set-up, distribution of advertising material, seeking award sponsorship opportunities, and assisting with the reception. Contact photoex@ryerson.ca to express your interest in helping out; include “Volunteer” in the subject line of your message.

Attend the 2020/21 Exhibition*

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our September 2020 dates have been postponed. Visit our exhibit in 2021!

Exhibit: Saturday, May 1 through Friday, May 14, 2021 (see Helio Gallery website for hours)

Opening reception: Date and time to be announced

Location: Helio Gallery
1256 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON

*Dates and guidelines for attending the exhibit and opening reception are subject to change. Visit this site for updates.

All selected artists will receive updates by email. Questions? Contact Joël Bénard at photoex@ryerson.ca.

Exhibition Coordinator

Joël Bénard, Photographer and Educator (joelbenard.com)


Anique Jordan, Award-winning Artist, Writer, and Curator (aniquejjordan.com)
Rafael Goldchain, Photographer and Educator (rafaelgoldchain.com)
Eliot Wright: Visual artist, Educator, and Production Manager at Prefix ICA (eliotwright.ca)

Gallery Sequencing and Installation

Eliot Wright

Information about this year’s volunteers will be posted soon.

Sponsorship Coordinator

Kelley Papadakis


The Chang School Photography Exhibition is proud to acknowledge the following sponsors:

CSI Print Studio logo
Gallery 44 logo
Prefix ICA logo
PrintPartner Inc. logo
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival logo
Toronto Image Works logo

More information about this year's sponsors will be posted soon.

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2019 Photography Exhibition

Our 2019 exhibition took place April 9–22, 2019 at the Art Square Gallery (334 Dundas Street West). We thank our hardworking team of coordinators, jurors, and volunteers for their time, dedication, and support throughout the exhibition process, and appreciate our sponsors for their generous contributions.

Exhibition Coordinators

Joel Benard, Photographer and Educator
Jill Glessing, Instructor, Photography, Digital Art Production, and Interior Design Programs, The Chang School, Ryerson University


Liz Ikiriko, Curator, Photo Editor, Photographer, and Instructor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
Eliot Wright, Visual Artist, Educator, and Production Manager at Prefix ICA

Gallery Sequencing and Installation

Eliot Wright


Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)
CSI Print Studio
Downtown Camera
Gallery 44
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Stephen Bulger Gallery
Toronto Image Works
The Toronto Star

Award Jurors

Anthony Chang, Commercial Account Manager, Vistek
Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and Adjunct Faculty, Master in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program, Ryerson University
Fabiana Moreira, Photographer and Downtown Camera Assistant Leader
Heather Rigg, Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Gallery 44, and Co-Founder, ma ma
Paul Schillinger, Fine Art Printer and Instructor, The Chang School, Ryerson University
Taras Slawnych, Visuals Editor, The Toronto Star
Brian St. Denis, Photographic Artist and Festival Coordinator at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Eliot Wright, Visual Artist, Educator, and Production Manager at Prefix ICA
Leizl Yance, President, Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)
Robyn Zolnai, Sales Manager and Communications Officer, Stephen Bulger Gallery


Eda Ataergin; Stephanie Brothers; Carlo De Lorenzi; Bernard Fournier; Margit Koivisto; Howard Lam; Patricia McVitty; Elsie Nisonen; Kelley Papadakis*; Marianne Saavedra; Paul Schillinger

*Special mention: Public Relations and Sponsorship

2019 Awards and Winners

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Tour of Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus and other works from the collection (winner’s choice)
Juror: Sophie Hackett
Awarded to: Jason Perreault
Title of work: Untitled, Cohen 07

Untitled, Cohen 07

Colour Systems Incorporated

$850 voucher for Chang School Photography course tuition
Juror: Paul Schillinger
Awarded to: Patricia McVitty
Title of work: Walking at Sunset

Walking at Sunset

Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)

$250 gift certificate
Juror: Leizl Yance
Awarded to: Animesh Roy
Title of work: Concrete Hive

Concrete Hive

Downtown Camera

$150 gift certificate
Juror: Fabiana Moreira
Awarded to: Margit Koivisto
Title of work: Somewhere in Mexico

Somewhere in Mexico

Gallery 44

Workshop voucher (value: up to $200)
Juror: Heather Rigg
Awarded to: Howard Lam
Titles of works: for Chinese Traditional 1 and Dumpling House 2

Chinese Traditional 1

Dumpling House 2

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Registration fee for CONTACT 2020 or 2021 (value: $350)
Juror: Brian St. Denis
Awarded to: Adam Reid
Title of work: That Ontario Mess

That Ontario Mess

Stephen Bulger Gallery

$250 gift certificate
Juror: Robyn Zolnai
Awarded to: Sean Ross
Title of work: Road House

Road House

Toronto Image Works

$250 gift certificate
Juror: Sophie Hackett
Awarded to: Animesh Roy
Title of work: Concrete Hive

Concrete Hive

The Toronto Star

Opportunity to shadow a Toronto Star photographer for a day
Juror: Taras Slawnych
Awarded to: Gabriela Ayala Soto
Titles of works: Bath 1 and Bath 2

Bath 1

Bath 2


$250 gift certificate
Juror: Anthony Chang
Awarded to: Carlo De Lorenzi
Title of work: Oblivion


List of Works

Review our List of Works for a complete catalogue of the images displayed during our 2019 exhibition.