A collage of photos with the text "Ignite Your Summer Photograph Contest".

Ignite Your Summer

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” — Marc Riboud


Ignite Your Summer is our photography contest EXCLUSIVELY for teens (ages 12-19) that runs from July 5th until August 30th. It features weekly theme challenges for photo submissions as well as several games that are posted throughout the week on our teen Instagram @SPL.ignite.


Follow @SPL.ignite on Instagram

  1. Watch out for the announcement of the weekly theme on Monday afternoons, starting on July 5th.
  2. Send in photos that relate to the theme (can be literal or symbolic) through direct message to @SPL.ignite. There is NO LIMIT to the number of photos you submit for any particular theme. You have until the SUNDAY following the Monday theme announcement to send in photos for each specific theme challenge. Any photos for a past theme that are sent after the weekly cutoff will be given a grand prize draw ballot, but they will not be eligible for the best photo of the week challenge.
  3. The most awesome picture that BEST FITS the weekly theme will be awarded a prize pack worth $40!
  4. You are welcome to send in as many pictures each week as you want. EVERY photo you send is a ballot in the end-of-summer grand prize draw!


ALL PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN BY THE TEEN PARTICIPANT. Any submission of a photo that was NOT taken by the individual teen participant will result in immediate disqualification of the game and might result in a forfeiture of any prizes already won.

Photos CANNOT be shared among participants for submissions.

Teen participants will be asked after the submission of their first photo if they agree to let any of their submitted photos be posted on the @SPL.ignite Instagram feed. Permission from the participant can be withdrawn at any time.


$40 weekly prize packs for the photo that best fits the weekly themes

End-of-summer grand prize draw for a $100 Amazon gift card and various prizes

End-of-summer runner up prize draw for a $20 Amazon gift card and various prizes


You can play via email if you don't have Instagram. Simply send an email to our Teen Services Librarian Brooke Windsor at bwindsor@pcin.on.ca as soon as possible, saying that you want to play in "Offline Mode".

You will then receive an email every Monday afternoon starting on July 5th, telling you the photo theme for the week. You will have until the following Sunday to submit any pictures that fit the theme through email to be eligible for the prize pack.