Chase Toronto and the Dream of Young People

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Guest post by Jenny Chi

It has been half a year since Chase Toronto Project was founded by two sophomore business students—Sally Chu (Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto) and Alex Tran (Schulich School of Business, York University). Inspired by Chase Hanoi, a photography project for youth in their hometown of Vietnam, the two girls have brought the idea half way across the globe from Hanoi to Toronto. Chase Toronto is a project made up of ambitious, talented young individuals and a strong mission—a community arts project that involves young photography enthusiasts to promote artworks, inspire youth to chase their dreams, live their lives to the fullest and work towards charity with an aim to giving back to the community.

The project includes a Summer Gallery as a main event that will make its first presence in 2014 with the theme “Moments”, where photos taken by young photography enthusiasts will be showcased with an aim to inspire their counterparts by simple but precious and beautiful moments of life. The community impact of Chase Toronto does not simply stop there. Photos will be sold, and part of the money collected from artwork sales will be donated to Free The Children—the proud partner of the project—to fight against hunger and support children in Kenya.

Working with Chasers (the nickname of Chase Toronto members) is our Art Advisor, photographer Neil Ta, who has been working with our team since the very beginning. With his experience and continuous support, the project has gradually expanded its brand and succeeded in obtaining three material sponsorships from Lomography, PosterJack.ca and Toronto Image Works.

Call for photo submission
Chase Toronto receives photos in two rounds (the first one started December 1st, 2013). Photos are categorized into two divisions: Film Photography (analog) and Digital Photography. Each participant can submit up to 5 photos for both categories in each photo submission round. The submitted photos must reflect 2013 Chase Toronto theme “Moments”. They should capture the beauty of daily life moments and convey the ultimate passion to the audience. The judge panel (including photographer Neil Ta and Art Administration Team) will select the best 40 photos that align with the theme and mission of the project to exhibit in the Summer Gallery 2014.

Online Photo Contest
Besides submitting photos to the Summer Gallery, the participants have the option to enter the Online Photo Contest. The chosen photos will be open for voting on Facebook. The winners not only make their ways to the Summer Gallery, but also win amazing prizes from Lomography and PosterJack.ca.

Important Information
Eligibility: Post-secondary students in Greater Toronto Area
Photo division: Film Photography and Digital PhotographyTheme: MomentsRound 1 for Photo Submission: December 1st, 2013  – February 1st, 2014
Round 2 for Photo Submission: March 1st, 2014 – April 15th, 2014

More information can be found at: http://chasetoronto.org
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