2023 Exposure Photography Festival Launch Party

  By Ryley Smith


February is right around the corner, which means so is the 2023 Exposure Photography Festival! To kick off the nineteenth edition of Exposure, you can join the FREE First Thursdays x Exposure Festival Launch Party at Contemporary Calgary on February 2, 2023! Celebrate the opening of the Exposure 2023 curated exhibitions, International Open Call, Emerging Photographers Showcase, Emerging Photographer of the Year: Raeann Cheung, as well as Exposure’s and The Magenta Foundation’s collaborative youth exhibition, Flash Forward Incubator Program! 

During the FREE First Thursdays x Exposure Festival Launch Party, Exposure will reveal the names of the recipients of the prestigious Exposure 2023 Awards: 

  • The Emerging Photographer Of The Year Award
  • The Emerging Photographer Merit Award
  • The TREX Southwest Emerging Photographer Award
  • The Shutter Hub Emerging Photographer Award
  • The Grain (UK) Emerging Photographer Award
  • The Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award

The launch is also in collaboration with FREE First Thursdays! Attendees can explore FREE hourly guided tours of current exhibitions as well as the YYC/LRT workshop, jump in The Film Lab’s photo booth, connect with Antyx Community Arts Hip-Hop Club, enjoy thoughtfully crafted beverages by Sugar Water Bar, international cuisines by Healthy Baby and music by HOT SAUCE BOOGIE! 

The FREE First Thursdays x Exposure Festival Launch Party is an all-ages event and wheelchair accessible. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Registration is required! To register, click here! 


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.