CONTACT Photography FESTIVAL 2017



In celebration of PHOTO MONTH, there's a whole lot going on at Vistek. If you're into photography and you're open to learning, boy, are you in luck! Vistek is offering an outstanding series of seminars and workshops, showcasing some exceptional talent, throughout CONTACT. (See below for details)

You can also take part in our CAPTURE CANADA Photo Contest. It's our country's 150th birthday. We challenge you to come up with the winning shot that captures the spirit and beauty of this great nation of ours. (Again, see below)

And because MAY is PHOTO MONTH at Vistek, you can bet we'll be offering exceptional deals storewide on a wide range of products, including cameras, lenses, lighting, printers, and more.

May is Photo Month at Vistek. Come celebrate photography.

Vistek / Epson Legacy Print Contest Winner

We are proud to announce that Toronto photographer Jill Tonini - with her outstanding collection of volcanic and volatile landscapes - is this year's Epson Legacy Print Contest winner. Congratulations! As our contest winner, Jill will have her gallery of photos printed on Epson Legacy papers. The exhibition, titled "Hot Water" will be on display May 3rd - 31st at Toronto's Le Baratin restaurant.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4th @ 8:30pm
Le Baratin (1600 Dundas West, Toronto). Come for the great gallery. Stay for the tasty food.


Contest Runs: May 1 - June 30, 2017

ENTER TO WIN! Total prize value over $5,000!

It's a major challenge. On this, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, can you capture the majesty, beauty and spirit of this great country of ours? If so, you claim the Grand Prize -- a collection of fantastic gear! Or, as one of two runner-ups, you can still win big!

Win one of 3 major prizes!

1st Place Prize
Nikon D7200 w/ AF-S 18-140mm VR lens
BRiHT-360 TTL Flash for Nikon w/ Speedbox and Medium Light Stand
Mantis Background Kit
Illumi 107cm 5-In-One Reflector Kit
Benro 67mm PD Filter Ultra Violet

2nd Place Prize
Epson SureColor P800 Printer
Epson Signature Worthy Sample Pack + 10' USB 2.0 Cable

3rd Place Prize
$200 Vistek Gift Card

See Details!

The People who Make this possible

What we have planned for you

Learn to print like a pro

DATE: Friday, May 5, 10 am - Noon and Saturday, May 6, 10 am - Noon
LOCATION: Vistek Toronto

Professional award-winning photographer and expert printer, David Williams, will show you how easy it is to set up an Epson professional printer so that you can begin to create gorgeous quality prints on various beautiful papers.


David Williams is a Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Master of the WPPI Honours system, and a recipient of the Accolade Lifetime Achievement Award from WPPI. He has sat on international judging panels for over 30 years. As well as giving seminars in Canada and Australia, David has also lectured to professionals in Asia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, and the USA.


Join us for a Learn to shoot like Derek Heisler

DATE: Thursday, May 11th, 6 - 9 pm
LOCATION: AstroLab Studio 629 Eastern Avenue, Toronto

If you've dreamed of delving into the role of fashion photographer, this is an event you don't want to miss. Here's your chance to learn how to light, shoot, and work with a fashion model from one of the best commercial fashion/lifestyle photographers in the business.


Derek Heisler is a seasoned conceptual photographer and creative director. If you handed Derek Heisler any camera -- the results would be remarkable. No one shoots like Derek Heisler. He routinely captures a certain look or an unusual pose you just don't see from other fashion/lifestyle photographers. Previously, he has contributed to National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, NASA, and TED. He lives in Calgary, but travels great distances for great conversation. Find him at @derekheisler


Light It, Capture It, Retouch It.

DATE: Thursday, May 25, 1 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: Vistek Toronto, Seminar Room

Fashion photographer Billie Chiasson will demonstrate how she creates her stunning portraits, from start to finish. Why she prefers LED lighting for a more natural look. And how she uses Photoshop to put the final touches on a professional model shoot.


Billie has quickly established herself as one of Toronto's most polished portraiture and fashion photographers -- with a style often described as "beautiful". Her passion as well as her career are definitely on an upswing; Billie's a busy go-to photographer for a handful of prestigious modelling agencies, and has a growing portfolio that includes, The Huntress, ACF, Glassbook, Xquisit, Remark, Fstoppers and other publications.


Join us for a Shooting outdoors with portable battery-powered lighting units

DATE: Tuesday, May 30th, 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: Vistek, Toronto

Vistek Photo Product Manager and professional photographer, Nicholas Pye will show you how to use several of today's newest and most popular battery-powered lighting units. These units are so light, portable, and easy to use, the kits make perfect location units. So if you plan on taking portraits outdoors, this Nicholas Pye seminar is a must-attend workshop.

Born in Torquay, England, Nicholas Pye now lives and works in Toronto. As well as being an accomplished musician, Nicholas jumped with both feet into the visual art field, first completing a degree at OCAD (Ontario College of Art) followed by a Master of Fine Art degree in cinema production at Concordia University. Along with his position at Vistek, Nicholas maintains an active art practice that integrates his interests in performance, cinema, sonic arts and large format still photography. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Toronto and Canada, as well as internationally, including the U.S., England, Germany, and Spain.



Proudly Sponsored by EPSON

The Colour of Personality by Derek Heisler

Location: Vistek Toronto, May 1-31
We describe persons of intrigue as colourful, full of personality. It all starts with the eyes and flows to the brow, cheeks and lips. Colour and light can say so much about a subject, it can be used to emphasize personality or emotion.

Luminous by Anser and SoTeeOh

Location: Vistek Mississauga, May 1-31
What do you get when you team an adventurous street photographer with a popular graffiti artist? For one thing, the combination of photo/graffiti creates images that are totally unique. More importantly, they challenge the viewer to question the visual chaos that is the modern urban scene. This collaborative effort involved graffiti artist Anser and street photographer SoTeeOh. The images for their exhibition were created by integrating light from a flashlight into a long exposure.

Special Thanks to EPSON, our Generous Sponsor for Contact 2017

Many of the greatest photographers in the world – those who make their living selling prints of their work – choose Epson.

And they do so for all the same reason. Epson professional printers tend to re-produce precisely on paper or canvas what the photographer captured in his or her camera. Epson printers are famous for producing denser colours, smoother gradations, deeper blacks, in short, all the tiny but all-important details that breathe life into a photo.



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