The Hart House Camera Club was founded in 1919. In 1922, the club held its First Annual Exhibition of Photography. The tradition has continued over the years, providing Hart House members and the University of Toronto students with the opportunity to display their work to a broad audience. Today, the Annual Exhibition of Photography remains one of the longest-running photography contests in North America.
The exhibition has nine categories, allowing for a wide range of creative projects. The categories have changed over the years. They include Film Prints (Mastery of Printing and Mastery of Execution), Portraiture, People, Places, Nature, Altered Images, Campus Life Images, and Photographic Essay categories. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners, and those prints are donated to the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management office for posterity.
Altered Images - W. J. Blackhall Award
- Winner - Celina Liu, Pathways, 2022.
- Runner-Up - Jacob Lee, Glaring, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Jacob Lee, Please Don't Touch Me, 2022.
Campus Life Images - Yousuf Karsh Award
- Honourable Mention - Samuel Lui, Passage of Time, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Alina He, Reflections, 2022.
Nature - William J. Dowkes Award
- Winner - Peter Haoxuan Ge, Crystal, 2022.
- Runner-Up - Robert Masaki Hachler, Cormorant Rock, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Greg Cooke, The Climb, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Robert Masaki Hachler, Untitled Parkdale 2, 2022.
People - William J. Dowkes Award
- Winner - Nick Xie, Smoke Break, 2022.
- Runner-Up - David Williams, Style, 2022.
- Runner-Up - David Williams, Lunch Meeting, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Tracey Suba, Get Involved Today, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Nance Fleming, Little Novelties, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - David Williams, It's Perfect, 2022.
Photographic Essay - Bev Best Award
- Winner - Tracey Suba, La Comparsa, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Jacob Lee, Masks, 2022.
Places - William J. Dowkes Award
- Winner - Greg Cooke, The Nose, 2022.
- Runner-Up - Greg Cooke, Not A Tesla, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - David Williams, Rainy Night Silhouette, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Kaamilah Moola, The Rugged Crystal, 2022.
Portraiture - K. B. Jackson Award
- Winner - Celina Liu, Self Image, 2022.
- Runner-Up - James Lin, Kensington Guitarist, 2022.
- Honourable Mention - Jacob Lee, Portrait 3, 2022.
Shlomi Amiga is a Toronto Commercial & Editorial Photographer specializing in creating engaging and authentic imagery of people for brands & magazines. His work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Report on Business, Chatelaine and more. When not producing work for clients, Shlomi enjoys spending time finding serendipitous moments to capture on the streets of Toronto and beyond.Website
Michele Crockett is an artist, photographer, educator and bubble gum blowing champ. She calls Toronto home, for now, but her heart is on the beach in California. In her artwork, she reworks simple materials, making a playful reference to the domestic that is both whimsical and comforting. She continues to explore the idea of home through photography and art.
Micah Donovan is a graduate of the Kansas City art Institute and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studied photography, printmaking and sculpture. A fan of the shared experiences documentary photography and storytelling provides, he has creative-produced and hosted stunt cooking shows for Food Network Canada, sustainable tech adventures for Discovery Science, explorations for enRoute Magazine and other media outlets. He makes living sculptures, teaches analogue photography at Hart House, and is the Exhibition and Project Coordinator at the Art Museum University of Toronto.
Camera Club Member
Greg Cooke is a graduate student who has finished his Masters of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2022. Involved in the Hart House Camera Club since arriving at U of T, Greg has worked to bolster the Critical Salon events held by the club, as well as organizing the 100th and 101st Annual Exhibitions. Though he is stepping away from an active role, he will continue to be a member of Hart House and participate in the club.
Camera Club Member
Madeleine Tomala is a fourth-year Cinema Studies and English major at the University of Toronto. A longtime photography enthusiast, she has been a member of the Hart House Camera Club since 2020 and has had her work featured in the 2021 and 2022 Camera Club Exhibitions. Madeleine plans to continue participating in and organizing critical salons and exhibitions following her graduation in Spring 2023.