Death Matters Photography Contest

Death is a sensitive, political, and emotionally charged 'silent' topic in society

1st Place Winner!

Hunter Ferris, 16,

W.J. Mouat Secondary


“Faded” the photograph conveys according to Hunter: “loved ones after death”.

2nd Place Winner

Chloe Johnson, 16,

Yale Secondary School


“An Absent Presence” the photograph conveys according to Chloe: “the feeling of misplaced emptiness that often follows the death of a loved one. The feeling that although they are gone you could look back at any second and they would be there just like they always were”.

3rd Place Winner

Kendra Sohl, 15,

Yale Secondary School


"Chalk Full of Memories” the photograph conveys according to Kendra: “a kids drawing that is no longer with us”.


Death is a sensitive, political and emotionally charged ‘silent’ topic in society, but we as members of the public need to learn to talk about the everyday culture of death, dying and bereavement. This contest aims to bring a voice to the silent matters of death by means of a public photography contest in which we will help members of the public, specifically youth, openly talk about diverse matters of death.


This contest is directed towards youth residing in the Abbotsford area. We would like teens (12-18 years of age) to submit photographs on the matter of death: death, dying, or bereavement. Photographs could be of a place, person, object, and/or abstract composition exploring absence/presence. We would like individuals to show us how death matters in Abbotsford, by depicting a visual memory, moment, or representation; reminder of mortality; or anything else that serves as a visual cultural piece for how death matters.  

The top ten will win exciting prizes and possibly have their photograph be part of another death matters event hosted by the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS).

  • Entries accepted starting Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  • Closing date: Monday, May 1, 2017

  • AHS will share selected entries online via social media and the hospice website.

  • The winning entries may be part of a death matters event where photographs may be auctioned/sold to members of the public & all proceeds will benefit the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

  • No inappropriate images that depict violence, nudity, or any disrespectful or inhuman visuals will be accepted.

  • Members of Abbotsford's art community will make up the majority of the judging panel.

  • The Top Three Winners will be announced in May


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