VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Photography

A big shout out to the folks at Thomson Rivers University for inspiring this event!

CREATE 2021 will have two photography exhibits, VIU's Student Research Seen and VIU's Student Creative Activity Seen. Read below for more details!

We are also super stoked to announce that we have partnered with VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee to bring you the Anti-Racism Arts Festival. See below for more info!

"One advantage of photography is that it's visual and can transcend language."
- Lisa Kristine

Deadline

  • Students must register for CREATE 
  • Entries are due by March 29 @ midnight
    • All entries must be received March 29. Late entries will not be accepted

By completing the registration form the student consents to the entry of their submission and to abide by the rules outlined below.

Content

VIU's Student Research Seen is open to all students in all disciplines that are engaged in a research project. Your project may have happened in a lab or in a studio. Perhaps your research takes place in the field or in community.  Images captured through the use of scientific tools are also acceptable. You may want to submit a photo that shows how the pandemic impacted your research. 

Entries

  • Only one entry per student. If you are interested in showcasing a collection, please consider using the EZine event.
  • Only photos taken within the previous 12 months are eligible
  • You must have taken the photo and have permission to submit the photo. 
  • Images must be photo quality (3000x2400 pixels or larger) and in JPEG format. Files should be a maximum of 8 MB. Images not meeting these specifications will not be accepted.
  • Pictures may be worth 1000 words, but we still want a few. A brief (50 word max) caption is part of the entry. Captions must clearly indicate the research project, expected outcomes, and what the picture depicts. If the research is not clearly communicated, the photo will be disqualified
  • If there are individuals clearly visible in the photo, the photographer must receive written consent prior to entering and include this as part of the entry
    • Example consent: I [name of person in picture] give [your name] permission to submit a picture that includes an identifiable image of me to the CREATE 2021 photography event. I am aware this picture may be published in print (brochures, advertisements) or electronic mediums (web/social media) to promote and/or highlight research, university activities, and to promote subsequent photograph contests. I will not receive monetary compensation.  [Signed by the person in photo] 
  • By entering the contest, the photographer grants the right to VIU to publish the photograph in print (brochures, advertisements) or electronic mediums (web/social media) to promote and/or highlight research, university activities, and to promote subsequent photograph contests. The photographer will not receive monetary compensation; however, photo credit will be given where possible.

Deadline

  • Students must register for CREATE 
  • Entries are due by March 29 @ midnight
    • All entries must be received March 29. Late entries will not be accepted

By completing the registration form the student consents to the entry of their submission and to abide by the rules outlined below.

Content

VIU's Student Creative Activity Seen is open to all students in all disciplines that are engaged in a creative activity project. Your project may have happened in a lab or in a studio. Perhaps your creativity takes place in nature or in community. You may want to submit a photo that shows how the pandemic impacted your creativity. Pretty open really. The photos themselves may be considered the creative activity, but this must be clearly explained in the 50 word caption.

Entries

  • Only one entry per student. If you are interested in showcasing a collection, please consider using the EZine event.
  • Only photos taken within the previous 12 months are eligible
  • You must have taken the photo and have permission to submit the photo. 
  • Images must be photo quality (3000x2400 pixels or larger) and in JPEG format. Files should be a maximum of 8 MB. Images not meeting these specifications will not be accepted.
  • Pictures may be worth 1000 words, but we still want a few. A brief (50 word max) caption is part of the entry. Captions must clearly indicate what the picture depicts, how it came to be, and a brief reflection on the piece and/or the process. 
  • If there are individuals clearly visible in the photo, the photographer must receive written consent prior to entering and include this as part of the entry
    • Example consent: I [name of person in picture] give [your name] permission to submit a picture that includes an identifiable image of me to the CREATE 2021 photography event. I am aware this picture may be published in print (brochures, advertisements) or electronic mediums (web/social media) to promote and/or highlight research, university activities, and to promote subsequent photograph contests. I will not receive monetary compensation.  [Signed by the person in photo] 
  • By entering the contest, the photographer grants the right to VIU to publish the photograph in print (brochures, advertisements) or electronic mediums (web/social media) to promote and/or highlight creative activity, university activities, and to promote subsequent photograph contests. The photographer will not receive monetary compensation; however, photo credit will be given where possible.

The photography exhibits will be judged by a panel of local experts. Photos are meant to capture more than just dimension and meaning, they also capture imagination and curiosity. A great photo does all of this. Consider what you want to portray, the angle, lighting, colors, and backdrop when framing your shot. Einstein said that "Imagination is curiosity having fun" - we encourage you to have lots of fun with this!

VIU's Student Research Seen - $250

VIU's Student Creative Activity Seen - $250

If you are taking part in this festival make sure to check off that box in the CREATE registration form! Read the following carefully because there are a couple of added things to submit for this Festival (they are bolded).

Co-sponsored by VIUFA HRISC and CREATE

In the wake of Black Lives Matter, VIUFA HRISC encourages individuals to take a stand against racism.  Let us begin having conversations about anti-racism in our communities, whether inside or outside of the classroom.

“Activism moves the material world, while Art moves the heart, body and soul.  In fact, however, they are complimentary.  Social change doesn’t just happen, it happens because people decide to make change.”  (C4AA, Artistic Activism 2018)

Two categories:

  • Performance Arts (click to follow link to this category): submit a video (size max <2GB), no more than 10-minutes, of an original creative piece, such as, spoken word, song, music, dance, or drama.
  • Visual Arts (you are in the right place!): submit a jpg (size max <1GB) of an original visual expression, such as, exhibit, painting, drawing, or photography.

Each submission is to be accompanied by an explanation (written <250 words, or 2-minute video), that is, inspiration and/or rationale as related to anti-racism. (This is the extra bit you need to submit in addition to the CREATE items.)  

Winning selections will be included in Nanaimo Museum’s virtual exhibit on anti-racism.

Prizes:

In each category, the top three entries will receive $100.  As well, there will be four random draws of a $25 gift certificate to Mambo’s Pizza for entries to the Anti-Racism Arts Festival. You can also win CREATE awards and prizes! Lots of goodness!

Adjudicators

Thanks to our panel of adjudicators for bringing their expertise and skill to our photography competition.

Suzan Kostiuk

Picture of Suzan Kostiuk

Suzan Kostiuck, B.F.A., and member of the Acho Dene Koe band in Ft. Liard, N.W.T. Suzan owns Excellent Frameworks in Duncan. 

Suzan has been custom framing for over ten years and has worked with galleries, custom frame stores, and the local arts council. Her love of art and community has found a home within the beautiful Cowichan Valley, where she lives with her husband and two children. Suzan also creates abstract art and is slowly learning traditional beadwork from her home. Suzan has a passion for black and white art, although is also drawn to the works of Alex Janvier, Ted Harrison, and Renato Muccillo.

Lance Sullivan

Lance Sullivan

Lance is the owner of Concept Photography in Nanaimo. He is a father, and a daydreamer with his head in the clouds! He loves homemade popcorn, sunshine, flip flops, white sand beneath his feet and his mountain bike. Old Volkswagens, cars & hotrods bring a huge smile to his face. He loves watches, Vans shoes, hoodies and as he gets older, he loves last minute adventures with no plan - thanks to his family and friends. He loves a good movie, and a great book, especially if its a book on being human, good self care or self development. There is nothing so great as a good cup of coffee, and he loves a fantastic breakfast on a day off with his family. And finally - he loves helping others in their business' as he is passionate about a great start up business!