Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tick, tick, tick... guelPhonography contest closes August 31

If you've been thinking of entering the guelPhonography contest but haven't gotten around to submitting yet, the time is NOW! (Or by midnight on Monday, August 31 ;)

Phoneographers can enter up to three photos. We want to see the people, places, food, festivals, history, heritage, sports and spirit that make Guelph beautiful. 

20 photos will be chosen for the fourth annual community-based mobile phone photography exhibit. Our friends at Photo Media Decor will print the winning photos on wood, plexi-glass or aluminum, and participants get to keep their photos.

Winners will be announced mid-September-ish. 

Need some phone-spiration?

How about tutorials?

For more information

Visit for contest rules, recommended apps, and information on how we choose the top 20. And be sure to submit photos via the Official Contest Entry Form

Kim (guelPhonography team member)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Beauty of Nourishment: fine art photography by Katie Hebert

Photos by Katie Hebert
Photos by Katie Hebert
I hope you've seen Katie Hebert's stunning photos around Guelph. If not it's time you did! 

I first saw her work on display in Pod - an impressive series of jewel-toned images of fruits and vegetables on black that left a lasting impression. You'll have your chance this Saturday, at Art on the Street

Katie's an image based artist living in Guelph. She's spent the last ten years exploring and experimenting with photography and other forms of visual expression. With a strong emphasis on detail and design, she produces quality fine art prints for individuals who appreciate the simple beauty of nature. She is best known for her ongoing series ‘The Beauty of Nourishment’ in which she focuses on the organic allure of fruits and vegetables.

Katie studied traditional black and white film photography, historical processes and mixed media images at Haliburton School of the Arts, where she graduated with honours. She was the recipient of the program’s Photo Arts Award for academic achievement as well as the school’s Excellence in Design, Ontario Crafts Council Award for best standards in quality and technique. 

Katie’s work has been exhibited in such places as the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and Guelph Civic Museum. Her pieces can be found in many local businesses, including a large collection commissioned by Compusense Inc. 

She'll also be at the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts show in Toronto this year. 

Katie currently operates her workshop and business out of her home. If you appreciate her work as much as I do, give her a thumbs up by liking Katie Hebert Fine Art Photographer on Facebook.

- Kim 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Canada Day, eh?... and a #guelphonography mini-challenge

Canada Day in Guelph
Photo by Wei Wong

Photo by Ned Bekavac

The Canada Day Paint
Photo by Scott Hattle

Photo by ahablab

I've chosen a few photos from Canada Days past and a beaver in the hopes it'll inspire you to participate in guelPhonography's #GuelphCanDay mini-challenge. While only one of these was shot on a phone, they're all examples of the subject matter we're looking for.

This mini-challenge gives you a change to practice your smartphone photography skills in preparation for entering this year's guelPhonography contest. We'll be accepting entries starting August 1!

Need some phone-spiration?

How to participate in the mini-challenge

Take a shot with your smart phone on Canada Day and share it publicly on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Google+ with the #GuelphCanDay hashtag. Shortly after July 4, the guelPhonography team will select a winner.

- Kim

Friday, May 29, 2015

Some things to do in Guelph the weekend of May 30/31

The Potters Market
Photo by Sue Richards

Head to the Potters Market

DAY 2 (Sunday) HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. More than 50 potters from across Ontario and Quebec will displaying and selling their wares at Goldie Mill. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Visit for more information.

Check out Painting on the Green

See and purchase works by local artists including paintings, photography and crafts. This art show has been an annual event for 55 years! Old Quebec Street, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Go on a historical walking tour

Guelph Arts Council presents "Where Guelph Began" on Sunday at 2 p.m., starting at Royal City Realty on Waterloo Avenue. The fee for this tour, which lasts about an hour, is $5.

Shop at the Guelph Farmers Market

Saturday morning, 7 a.m.- 12 noon.

See some live music

There are events at District, Van Gogh's, Sapphire Lounge and Jimmy Jazz this weekend. Visit for details.

Cool off in Market Square

The splash pad is now open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Have a great weekend! 

- Kim

Monday, May 11, 2015

Three cats, two dogs and a frog: five photos by Peter Kelly and a guelPhonography mini-challenge

Scarlet Portrait Trouble Scarlet Addie Curious Onlooker 

I've chosen some photos by
Peter Kelly in the hopes it'll inspire you to participate in guelPhonography's #GuelphPets mini-challenge. While these weren't shot on a phone they're examples of the subject matter we're looking for.

Why did I include a frog when the challenge is called #GuelphPets? Photos of wildlife are also welcome! We just wanted a short, easy-to-remember hashtag.

Need some phone-spiration? 

How to participate in the mini-challenge
Take a shot with your smart phone and share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Google+ with the #GuelphPets hashtag. At the end of May, the guelPhonography team will select a winner. 

See what's been shared on twitter so far

And get snapping!

- Kim

Monday, April 20, 2015

Some things to do in Guelph the weekend of April 24-26

Magic Spot
Magic spot by Peter Kelly

It's Monday... which means it's time to start planning the weekend, right? Here are some events and activities that might interest you.

Friday, April 24

  • Start the weekend with a free concert! It's Fourth Friday at Guelph Civic Museum and Danielle Todd will be playing. On Fourth Fridays, museum admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. All current exhibitions and galleries are open to the public.
  • See a play. Noises off is play within a play about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors as they rehearse the flop "Nothing’s On”. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. 8 p.m. at Guelph Little Theatre.

Saturday, April 25

  • Celebrate Earth Day by helping to plant a forest. Take your family and friends to join the Rotary Club of Guelph in celebrating Earth Day and year eight of planting the Rotary Forest – 40 hectares of forest to be established at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Rotary Forest Earth Day runs from 9 a.m. to 2. p.m.
  • Step inside some of Guelph's finest heritage buildings and unique spaces. Owners and managers of a variety of buildings - many of which are not normally open to the public - have agreed to open their doors for guided tours of the buildings and spaces that make Guelph unique. Doors Open Guelph runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Shop at the Guelph Farmers' Market. Open 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • See a play. Another opportunity - actually the final opportunity - to see Noises off. 8 p.m. at Guelph Little Theatre.

Sunday, April 26

  • Get the low down on low maintenance gardening. Dan Cooper talks about the gardens of 17 well-known gardening experts during Gardening from a Hammock. His presentation will focus on easy care plant suggestions and plant combinations for low-maintenance gardening based on advice from these experts. Dan is a landscape designer who specializes in shade gardens and organic gardening. 1 p.m. at Evergreen Seniors Centre. Admission is free.
  • Go on a guided walking tour. Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours season kicks off on Sunday, April 26 with Where Guelph Began. This tour encircles the original Market Square area of almost twenty-four acres laid out by John Galt in 1827. Tour costs $5 and last about 1 hour. Regardless of the weather, if there are people in attendance, the tour will run.
Cheers to a great weekend!


For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.