Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival’s New Photo Essay Contest

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The Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival is launching a Vegan Photo Essay Contest as part of the Film Festival held each October in Ottawa, Canada.  The Vegan Photo Essay- described by its director as the first of its kind anywhere in the world – is now accepting entries.

Festival Director Shawn Stratton said that “A photo essay is a collection of images that tell a story and propel a narrative over multiple images. Photo essays often create a series of emotions in the viewer and are a powerful way to tell a story without relying heavily on text.”

The competition’s goal is to showcase the best in vegan themed photo essays – to recognize the best stories told through a series of 3-5 still images.

We invite photographers to submit photos to illustrate their vegan related stories under the following categories: lifestyle, health and nutrition, animal welfare, or environmental protection.


The contest is looking for photographers to submit their work. A vegan enthusiast with any level of photographic experience is welcome to submit!

The entry deadline is July 31,2019 and the festival welcomes all vegan themed photographs from photographers around the world.

Stratton adds, “All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival by a pre-selection Committee chaired by the Festival Director and Programming Director. Finalists chosen by this Committee will be screened by an appointed international jury.”

To enter the Vegan Photo Essay Contest click here or visit:


Stratton wants to support photographers who capture vegan themed photo stories by providing an avenue to show their images to new audiences and provide awards to recognize them for their projects. The Photo Contest will be a complement to the original Film Festival and will highlight the diversity and talent within the vegan community worldwide!

Film Festival

The second annual Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival, which will take place October 6, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada aims to showcase short and feature-length films with a vegan subject matter from filmmakers around the world. In 2018 the Festival received 28 films from 8 countries totalling over 17 hours of films and the 2019 Festival is on track to break that record.

Submission Deadline

Planning is already underway for the 2019 edition of the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival. The festival is currently accepting both short and full-length features, fiction and non-fiction vegan themed films in four categories–. To submit a film click here or visit:

The deadline for film submissions is July 31, 2019

The Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival is a trailblazing event, happening each October in Ottawa, Canada, dedicated to celebrating the vegan idealhealthiercompassionateenvironmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives.

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