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.
Camera Club Exhibition Coordinator
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 Critical Salon and Exhibition Coordinator
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.