Thursday, July 19, 2012

General Contest Information

Infertility affects 15% of couples, but the impact is much broader and deeper than revealed in this statistic.   The effects of infertility can be devastating - to the person, the couple, the extended family, and the broader community. 
The purpose of this competition is to share multiple perspectives on infertility through art and to tell the stories that are difficult to convey verbally. We felt that art (photography, painting, poetry/prose) would be a good vehicle to communicate the emotions and sentiments that shape how we experience infertility as individuals, as extended family members and as members of a community.
While this competition provides those who have had to deal with infertility an opportunity to convey their personal struggle, it also provides a challenge to others - who might not have had a personal experience with infertility - to explore the issue of infertility through artistic expression. This competition aims to engage the broader community in a dialogue about something so personal, yet central to whom we are as human beings.
It is hoped that the works produced through this event will generate many perspectives and a deeper understanding about the struggles of those trying to conceive and an acknowledgment of the effects on our society. Artwork is judged not on technical or artistic skill alone, but on the impact of the sentiment conveyed.
  • Photography
  • Painting/mixed media
  • Poetry/prose


  • $1,500 per category - $1,000 for 1st prize; $500 for 2nd prize
  • Awards sponsored by the Ottawa Fertility

  • This is a community event and participation is welcome and open to all. We particularly welcome and encourage both professional and amateur artists
  • Employees of, members of the immediate family of, or those domiciled with an employee or owner of the Ottawa Fertility Centre as well contest volunteers, judges, and members of their immediate families. “Immediate family” is defined as parents, siblings, children or spouse.


October 1, 2012