Winter Photography Festival

Southampton Arts is thrilled to be launching our new Winter Photography Festival, thanks to the generosity of Bruce Power. A series of free talks, guided hikes and workshops by local photographers will culminate in a free to enter, free to see community photography exhibition in the Arts Centre for the month of March.

The twin challenges of lockdown and Bruce County winter may feel overwhelming but the stark beauty of winter beckons us outdoors for our mental and physical health. Our community is graced by incredibly talented photographers who illuminate our appreciation for our surroundings though the observation and skill of their captures. From the hobbyist with a smartphone to the professional with formidable equipment, we love seeing the world, particularly this little part of it, through the eye of the camera lens.

More details about the festival will be forthcoming, but we wanted to get things rolling with a weekly photo prompt. Prompts will be released each Sunday through to the end of March. Tag your submissions #southamptonartswinterphotofest on social media or email to us at

Submissions for each weekly prompt will be entered into a random draw for a $25 gift certificate for a local restaurant of your choice. 

LAST PROMPT! DUE MARCH 7, 2021 by midnight.

Life is not static. We, and the world around us, are actually alive and constantly changing. How can a photograph express this truth? How can a two-dimensional snapshot of time tell us the story of life, of movement?


Due February 28 by midnight.

With the busy pace of life, with daily stress, with the business of working and buying things, it’s easy to forget that life is about our connection to each other. This week, take a deeper look at the people around you. Notice the beauty of your loved ones, and also the people you pass on the street. Remember that portraiture is about the human form, but also the person beneath the surface.



Due February 21 by midnight.

A quiet corner, a familiar scene, or a fond memory. Great inspiration can come from places we cherish and see daily, or visit when we need a creative boost. What draws you to this spot? Capturing the essence of your favourite spot and conveying all that sentiment in one shot.

Due February 14 by midnight.

In honour of Valentine's Day next weekend, this week's prompt is "Love". There are so many ways that love enriches our lives; the love for a friend or for family, for our children or grandchildren, romantic love of all shapes and persuasions, love for where we live, our community, our country, the us what you love the most!

DUE February 7 at midnight.

The antics of the squirrels and birds at backyard feeders the otters of the Sauble River, snowy owl sightings or sometimes just the tracks left in snow remind us that our furred and feathered friends persevere through the winter with us, attuned to longer light, sap rising and the promise of spring. 

DUE January 31 by Midnight

PROMPT #4 Still/Life

In art the term still life refers to a grouping of inanimate objects. It sounds restrictive, but actually allows artists great creative freedom in focusing on specific elements. Throughout the pandemic we may have noticed a similar balance of restriction and freedom; even with limitations, still life exists…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      





















DUE January 24 by Midnight

Prompt #3 Winter Blues 

Blue Monday is the third monday of January and Winter can bring with it further challenges to our mental health. But the stark and icy blues of winter are also beautiful and capture our attention. What does "Winter Blues"  mean to you?


Prompt #2 Home DUE January 17 at MIDNIGHT. 

Prompt #1  Past & Future

WINNER Jadzia von Heymann who chose Little Black Dog Catering for her $25 gift certificate prize.