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Oh Snap! VMAA 2020 Photo Contest

Updated: May 12, 2021

Taking photos of jewellery and metal art is tough! Full spectrum lighting and the right amount of diffusion are necessary to accommodate sparkly, shiny and translucent, often together. Macro lenses highlight every scratch and speck of dust. That mirror finish you spent hours perfecting, reflects everything in the room. Not to mention the background, which must provide the right amount of contrast so that the bright colours and tiny details are not swallowed up. Adding shadows and atmospheric drama? We are impressed, because we know how hard it is.

The Vancouver Metal Arts Association is excited to present our 2020 Oh Snap! contest. We are seeking high quality images that represent our community to feature in our new website and in future social media campaigns. This includes close-up photos of your work and photos of you working in-studio – or even of your workspace and work-in-progress pieces! Preference will be given to photos of work made with interesting material combined with metal and those that demonstrate impressive workmanship.The photos will be captioned with credit to the artist.

Prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize $300 cash; photo placement on the front page of the VMAA website; photo credit

Runner(s) Up – $50 cash; photo placement on main menu pages of VMAA website; photo credit -- we will award up to 4 deserving recipients!

Honourable Mention – selected entries to be featured in our social media feeds, events listings, and other VMAA media; with photo credit


  • submissions accepted by current VMAA members

  • applicants must present their own photography of their own work (not outsourced to another photographer)

  • highest resolution JPEG file (at least 2,000 x 2,000 dpi)

  • submissions should be completely original and not featured elsewhere online

  • submissions free from outside legally binding contracts or obligations (galleries, publications etc.) and not featured as the main image of other websites

  • maximum 5 photos per entry

To submit: fill this form and send all images to (as attachments) with email title “Oh Snap 2020_[your full name]"

Deadline: Entries accepted until November 15, 2020

Winners announced: November 30, 2020*

* Chosen photos may be uploaded to our website before the announcement.

** You may submit photographs that don't perfectly adhere to these guidelines (slightly lower resolution, some identified as being featured elsewhere online) but this will affect your chances to win the prizes!


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