Christmas is in the air above the red brick cobblestones and inside each of the many Victorian era heritage buildings in the Distillery District until Dec 16th 2012; there’s a wide selection of hard-to-find goods and services associated with the season at the third annual Toronto Christmas Market.
The 2012 Toronto Christmas Market is distilled from the old school European – style festive organization that brings together culturally rich family entertainment including musicians, carolers and children’s choirs. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400?s, and are now being held in many countries all over the world, and this is arguably Canada’s biggest and best example. You can follow the Toronto Christmas Market on Twitter @TOChristmasMkt
This is a world class shopping destination. The stuff sold here is very rare and special as merchants must apply and are selected by jury for the right to sell unique products all along the different streets. The Distillery District is playing host, for the third year in a row to this festive extravaganza that is expected to bring three hundred thousand people to the compound.
Lowe’s 2012 Toronto Christmas Market has a photo contest and you could win $250 cash or dinner in any of three world class Distillery District Restaurants!
Check the 2012 Toronto Christmas Market Photo Contest on Lenzr, or visit the Toronto Christmas Market website.
Sponsored by Toronto.com, this photo contest allows attendees to compare notes. Last year this same call-to-action collected over 300 pictures, which in turn accrued over seven thousand votes as folks laboured to get their pics up into the Top Ten to be eligible for the grand prize.
Prizes for the 2012 competition are as follows,
Winner will receive a $250.00 cash prize,
2nd place will receive a $150.00 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate
3rd place will receive a $100.00 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate.
Upload original photos now and until December 25th
Voting begins December 15th and ends midnight Dec 25th
Top ten images advance to judges. *Sponsor is Judge, Here is a link to the Term of Use page unique to this contest. Winner announced on Lenzr blog Jan 1st 2013. Lowe’s 2012 Toronto Christmas Market event runs from Friday Nov 30th to Sunday December 16th, 2012 at The Distillery District, Must Be 13yrs older to enter – gift certificates and cash prizes will be mailed anywhere in Canada only. Good luck!
Today is officially the first day of autumn. For Torontonians, the change of season means last trips to the Toronto Islands, farmer’s markets and cottage country. Shorts and sundresses are packed away with a sigh, scarves and sweaters pulled off the shelves to add textured layers to city fashion. This summer/fall, Lenzr has three great photo contests, running September-October, that epitomize the seasonal switch that occurs at the autumnal equinox.
Lenzr’s Landscaping and Lawn Care photo contest wants to savour what’s left of the green grass and blooming flowers of summer. Do you or does someone you know have a perfectly manicured property that deserves to be remembered forever in a photograph? Is there a public space in Toronto that you feel has achieved excellence in landscaping design? Landscaping is an art, using organic, living materials and colors to express a wide variety of symbols and feelings. Send in your best shot of your favourite green space and you could win a great prize!
The prize is $250 worth of gardening tools, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, a 100% emissions free property maintenance company located in the GTA.
Lenzr’s Canadian Harvest photo contest is set to collect autumn stories from all across Canada. Harvest time is different from coast to coast, and Toronto has its own unique way of expressing the season. Kids on tours at Riverdale Farm, families walking under a canopy of bright red leaves in High Park, trips to apple orchards, or little towns in the country for a fall fair–these are all ways the modern Torontonian may experience the Canadian Harvest.
The prize for this contest is $400 plus a photo licensing contract with the contest’s sponsor Nora Camps, a brand personality consultant who specializes in coming up with marketing solutions for charitable and not-for-profit agricultural organizations. She is looking for a harvest-themed photo for her website; the winning photographer will be published online and scoop up $400 cash.
Avant-garde structures like the ROM are exactly what Lenzr’s judges are looking for in the Metal World photo contest. If you’re a photographer who prefers to shoot in black and white, this could be your opportunity (along with the metallic world you shoot) to shine! Metallic structures have a decidedly futuristic feel about them and in most cases they’re cold and rather impersonal–try to capture these qualities and you may win a great prize!
The prize is a Sony laptop with a unique metal skin, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, an Ottawa metal roofing company.
All three of these contests started September 1, 2011. Voting begins on October 15, after which the top ten user-ranked photos advance to the Lenzr judges. The winning photographs will be announced November 1, 2011.
It’s time for another Lenzr contest cycle. This round is a great opportunitiy for all professional photographers out there. This contests always aim to inspire people to think outside the box, but this round speaks to the months of summer and professionals.
A Manufacturing Process:
The first contest is called A Manufacturing Process. Lenzr was approached by a software company for help finding images for the process manufacturing and lean manufacturing pages. The winners of this contest will receive a 3 year licensing agreement for photo use (not exclusive) and $250. Take pictures of a machines during their robotic work. A great example is bottles waiting to be labeled. The software company is also offering $75 to three other members for their photos. This contest is strictly for professionals, if you think you have the talent to win it, then enter now.
Classy Summer Drinks:
The second contest is Classy Summer Drinks. Capture the essence of summer time in a glass. This is one my favortie constests because it’s a great way to end the summer. I spent a lot of time this summer on patios enjoying cold drinks to cool down. It can be a fruity drink or simply citrusy. Show Lenzr how you spent your summer and how you cooled down from the heat. Don’t forget to add some ice to your drink, the sponsor of this contest, a stainless steel ice cube tray knows the importance of the great chill . The winner of this contest will get $400 worth of product from the sponsor’s catalogue. The choice is yours. I would love new stainless steel items for my kitchen.
Both contests started on August 1st 2011. Just like all Lenzr contests, this is a 60 day challenge. Voting for the top 10 photos begins on September 15th but you can upload pictures until the 25th of the same month. The judges will deliberate and announce the winner October 1st.
Lenzr had added another 4 contests to their July-August season. Lenzr always adds new contests to their cycle, which is pretty great. You don’t have to wait long before a new contest to spark your interest is added to the roster.
The first contest is Fireplaces and Furnaces. Since it’s so hot outside, Lenzr is trying to cool you down by having you think back to the cold winter. Submit photographs of you in a cozy scene. You can be getting all nice and warm around a fireplace or furnace. The winner of this contest will get a Sony Laptop courtesy of an Ontario furnace installer. The summer season is, after all, the cheapest time to think about a furnace replacement or installation.
The second contest is all about Toronto Tourist Attractions. Everywhere I go in Toronto, I hear accents and different languages. It is tourist season but I guess I never realized how big of a “tourist” hub Toronto has. Our city does have a lot of attractions to offer visitors–the islands alone are great and appealing to both locals and tourists. Let’s all celebrate the beauty of Toronto! Submit the type of photo you would like in a travel publication. The winner of this contest will receive a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak courtesy of a Toronto B&B that’s as downtown as you’ll find in Canada’s largest city.
The third contest is by far my favorite this month. It’s all about Haircuts and Hairstyles. I know a lot about that, I’ve had some of the worst and best hair jobs, so I feel like I can relate to this challenge comfortably. The idea is to capture a beautiful, unique or iconic hairstyle, with the haircut as the main focus of your photograph. The prize is also incredible–you win a high-end blow dryer and flat iron courtesy of a new Yorkville Salon. You can also use the flat iron create beautiful waves, making it a 2 in 1, a curler and flat iron.
The fourth contest that has been added is Objects in Motion. This photo contest is a bit of a challenge and in my opinion you might need a professional camera to get the winning shot. You must capture an object, person or animal in motion. Be sure your photograph indicates which direction your object is moving in. The winner will receive a Sony laptop courtesy of an international air freight company that’s constantly keeping objects in motion over land, sea and sky.
Be sure to enter your photographs before August 25th. Judges will deliberate and choose the photograph from the top ten. The winner will be announced on September 1st.
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival comes to Toronto May 1st to May 31st . The world’s largest photography festival features more than 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the GTA. Come be part of the excitement by witnessing captivating and thought provoking photos.
The new CONTACT NAV mobile app quickly links you to information and exhibits near your location. Take in all the festival has to offer by downloading the free CONTACT NAV mobile app at scotiabankcontactphoto.com. The mobile app will be available for download mid to late April.
Location: Various venues across Toronto
Date: May 1st – May 31st
Time: Varies based on exhibition see scotiabankcontactphoto.com for details