• Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
  • TVO's Photography contest begins May 2 at

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - For the fourth year in a row, TVO presents Photography Month in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In May, TVO will present documentaries on air, and contests, videos and activities online that celebrate photography and the artists who create some of our most enduring images.

TVO Photography Month Contest presented by Henry's

Last year more than 300 people submitted eye-popping images to TVO's Photography Month contest, resulting in a showcase of extraordinary talent from across Ontario. Hamish Grant, from Toronto, won for his photo titled Yesterday's Models and picked up a new camera from Henry's.

So, whether you're a seasoned shutterbug or just have a fancy for photography, TVO invites everyone to enter the TVO Photography Month contest to display your photographic prowess and for a chance to win a great prize from Henry's.

  • Participants are eligible to win a camera from Henry's valued at $1000.
  • From May 2 to 30, participants may enter online at and must submit a photo that reflects CONTACT's theme for 2011 of figure and ground.
  • A panel of photo experts from Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival will select the top entries, and post them online on June 6.
  • From June 6 to June 13 visitors at can vote for their favourites.
  • The winner will be announced on Thursday June 16 at

Who Shot It?

This year, TVO introduces a new online game at called Who Shot It? Every weekday in May at a new photo will be showcased that was donated by an artist, professional photographer or celebrity. Vistors are asked to identify who shot the picture. After completing a form, the photographer's name is revealed and the participant is eligible to win a prize in a daily random draw.

TVO Photography Month Programming

Throughout the month, TVO presents documentaries that capture the power and artistry of photography and profile artists whose lives behind the lens are often as fascinating as the subjects in their view finders.

Close-up: Photographers at Work - Portraits - TVO Premiere
Thursday May 5, 2011 at 9 pm ET
Photographers Steve McCurry, Brigitte Lacombe, Jay Maisel, Susan Meiselas, Miru Kim and Bruce Davidson share insights on their work and what makes a great portrait.

John Gollings: Eye For Architecture - Canadian Premiere
Saturday May 7, 2011 at 7 pm ET
Award winning architectural photographer John Gollings takes a photographic journey through the rapidly changing cities of Australia and Asia.

David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating - North American Premiere
Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9 pm ET
Fashion photographer and artist David Bailey reflects on his career as a celebrity portraitist.

Close-up Photographers at Work - TVO Premiere
Thursday May 19, 2011 at 9 pm ET
Artistic greats Gregory Crewdson, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Albert Maysles, Andrew Moore and Sylvia Plachy discuss the impact their work has on their lives and on culture as a whole.

Disfarmer: A Portrait of America - World Premiere
Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 9pm ET; Monday May 30 at 10 pm ET
Artists, collectors, and critics discuss the life and work of Mike Disfarmer, whose portraits of residents of Heber Springs, Arkansas during the two World Wars and the Great Depression were hailed as a work of artistic genius that captured the lives and emotions of rural Americans in difficult times.

Karsh is History - TVO Premiere
Thursday May 26, 2011 at 9 pm ET
A retrospective of Yousuf Karsh, who, from his home base in Ottawa, became the most celebrated portrait photographer of the 20th century.

About TVO
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