Events & Training

2018 Photography Competition

Canadian Urban Transit Association’s 2018 Photography Competition opens on May 16th.


Selected entries will become part of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) photography collection, Canada’s national association for integrated urban mobility and public transit. 

The Competition is composed of THREE CATEGORIES. Each applicant may submit multiple entries to ANY of the categories but is only eligible for ONE AWARD per category. Diversity in style and content is encouraged, as well as traditional or abstract interpretations of themes. Three finalists will be selected from each category and a winner will be selected from the finalists. 

All photographers living in Canada are welcome.

All entries must be completed online and submitted by 11:59 PM EDT Wednesday, August 15, 2018.





A total of nine prizes will be awarded as follows:

     A. Nine (9) Finalists, three for each Category - $200 prize

 Will be notified by August 22, and will be displayed on September 17, 2018 at CUTA’s “Transit Awareness Days 2018” in Ottawa.

     B. Three (3) Category Winners, one per Category - $750 prize

To be selected from the nine Finalists above, and will be announced and displayed on November 18, 2018 at CUTA’s “Fall Conference and Transit Show 2018” Awards Ceremony in Toronto. (Prize is $750 total and includes the $200 prize awarded when named as a finalist).


  1. Art in Transit

  • When we think of transit and urban mobility, we think of buses, trains, and bike lanes. Its time to think about art as well! This category is dedicated to the beautiful and modern evolution in transit. Capture transit vehicles, stations, and bike lanes in the most creative, abstracted, or colorful ways. Play with shapes, perspective, and lights as you wish. Transit is beautiful. #CUTAPhotoComp
  1. Transit Community

  • When in transit, we Meet, Socialize, Discover and Travel. This category looks at the social dimension of transit. One of our themes at CUTA is “putting the customer in the heart of the transit”. Capture the social side of your Transit Community—whether that’s in a big city or a small town. Models are encouraged and allowed, but not required. Any age, anywhere on transit! #CUTAPhotoComp
  1. Integrated Urban Mobility

  • There are many ways to get around the city: busing, skating, cycling, or simply walking! Urban mobility is an ever-changing world of humans in motion. Capture several modes of transit in one photo, from bikers and buses sharing a street, to joggers running on the boardwalk while a ferry sails on the river behind them. Show the diverse nature of urban mobility in Canada. #CUTAPhotoComp


A .jpg file of photograph(s). No watermarks please.
- Resolution size: Any dimension with a Maximum width of 1820 pixels, .jpg files
- File naming: TitleYourInitials, example Red Car by Karl Smith file name is "RedCarKS"
- No characters, symbols, punctuation or spaces.

  • All finalists will be notified the week of Wednesday, August 22, 2018, work will be printed and displayed on September 17, 2018 at CUTA’s “Transit Awareness Days 2018” in Ottawa.
  • Winners will be announced on November 18, 2018, to be selected from the pool of nine finalists, and will be announced and displayed on November 18, 2018 at CUTA’s “Fall Conference and Transit Show 2018” Awards Ceremony in Toronto.

Those selected as winners and finalists in the CUTA 2018 Photography Competition will receive instructions for uploading their print ready files. Print ready files must be received by Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

CUTA reserves the right to withhold any submissions from exhibition or sale that fail to meet the expectation of quality elicited through the original .jpg submission.

NOTE a: While it is legal to photograph in any public or private space to which the public is admitted, please obtain appropriate permission if you are going to be taking photos while onboard of a transit vehicle or within a transit hub. If you are asked to refrain from photography for any reason by transit or any official personnel, you must comply immediately. Practice your photography safely and with due diligence.

NOTE b: If any human faces are featured prominently in your photograph, make sure to obtain appropriate consent. By submitting your photograph to the CUTA 2018 Photography Competition, you are assuming complete and full liability for obtaining consent of prominent and distinguishable subjects in your photographs.


All entries must be completed online and submitted by 11:59 PM EDT Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Upload your submissions through this Dropbox Portal. You will be prompted to enter your FULL NAME and you EMAIL ADDRESS. Please make sure to use an active email address that we can use to reach you.

Submission is free, and multiple submissions are allowed.


Artist Name and Title of Work will appear at the Transit Awareness Days 2018 event in Ottawa beside the work to ensure the artists' image(s) are properly credited.

All submissions must comply with the Rules and Regulations as outlined. All other submissions may be disqualified. Please read the rules carefully.

Thank you and good luck!
Questions? Please contact Jeff Mackey, Public Policy Coordinator, at


CUTA 2018 Photography Competition Official Rules:

CUTA welcomes all original work for submission in the CUTA 2018 Photo Competition.

Submission Deadline - 11:59pm EDT Wednesday August 15, 2017

  1. All submissions are considered anonymously for the Photo Competition awards (finalists and winners).
  2. All Photo Competition Category Finalists will be decided by jury, and will be notified the week of Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The winning and finalist images may be used to create photo-based advertisement, and be included, manipulated, and re-printed by CUTA for all intents and purposes, including but not limited to blog headers and the CUTA annual report, without accreditation.
  3. Contestants must be the sole owner of the copyright for all images and are responsible for model releases on any image submitted. As such, the contestant holds CUTA harmless from any breach of copyright in Canada.
  4. Award finalists and winners retain full copyright and reproduction rights to their work with the following limitations:
  • All award finalist and winning entries become the property of CUTA to be used at will for CUTA marketing and communication.
  • CUTA reserves the right to reproduce the image indefinitely without the need of accreditation beyond the premiere of the photographs at the TAD 2018 event in Ottawa in September.
  1. Participation in the CUTA 2018 Photography Competition indicates your complete acceptance of these competition rules.
  2. The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.
  3. The photographer(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the pictures.
  4. A picture can only be entered into one category.
  5. Pictures can be submitted whether or not they have been published publicly by the photographer.
  6. Submitted photos should be uploaded with a maximum width of 1820 pixels, in .jpeg format, with no watermarks.
    1. These images are only used for judging and will not be used for print if selected as finalists or winners.
    2. Pictures must not show the name of the photographer, agency, or publication, or any other information (these details can be included in the metadata of the pictures, or in an accompanying Word.doc but must not be visible on the picture itself).
  7. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For finalist and winning pictures, copyright holders grant the Canadian Urban transit Association (CUTA) unlimited non-exclusive use of high- resolution pictures for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of CUTA, without any remuneration being due.
  8. For all pictures except awarded pictures, copyright holders retain all rights to their images, and CUTA commits to the deletion of unsuccessful photos from its possession.
  9. The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to CUTA specified in Rules (5) and (16). The copyright holders will hold CUTA harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.
  10. The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by Canadian law.
  11. The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and CUTA reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.