McMichael Gallery People’s Choice Award Winner

Thanks to everyone who voted — my photograph, Island Lake Dusk, has won the People’s Choice Award at the Ontario Greenbelt / McMichael Canadian Art Collection gallery / Professional Photographers of Canada  photo contest showcasing the waterways of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The photograph will be part of a travelling exhibition that will start at the McMichael gallery in March.

Island Lake Dusk, Island Lake Conservation Area, Mono, Ontario, 2014

Juror’s Comments for OSA Honourable Mention Award

The following descriptive text about Reaching was written for the Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works by juror Anja Karisik from the Loch Gallery in Toronto:

“The third prize goes to the photographer who captured a lone tree standing stoically in a snowy white foreground. It is a tranquil, elegant, and sophisticated scene. The photographer catches the trees leaning subtly to the left while the ground on which it stands slopes gently to the right. The stark negative space is contrasted with the dark graphic lines of the tree. The soft fog-engulfed trees in the background act as a perfect mediator between the contrasting lights and darks of the frontal elements. The simplicity of the work is misleading and therein lies the skill of a fine balance achieved.”

Ontario Society of Artists 143rd Juried Exhibition Award {Contemporary Art}

I was very honoured last night to receive the Curry’s Award for “Kung Fu Doodle” (an 8×8″ archival pigment print framed to 17×21″, edition 1 of 10), at the OSA‘s 143rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, “Suspension & Motion”, at the John B. Aird gallery at 900 Bay Street Toronto. The exhibition will be open from April 5 to 29 and features 38 superb works of art from some of Ontario’s top artists.

Peter Dusek - OSA 143rd Open Juried Exhibition Award


ASMP Best of 2015 {Canadian Photographer}

I am very proud and honoured that I have been selected as one of the twenty-four “Best of 2015” photographers by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers, founded in 1944 with 7,000 members in over 30 countries. I also feel humbled to stand with the other selected photographers — their work is truly world-class.

Photographs and an accompanying interview can be seen here:

ASMP Best of 2015

Orangeville Art Group Fall Harvest of Colour Show Award

I am very honoured to have received the Juror’s Choice Second Place award at the OAG Fall harvest of Colour Show for my photograph, “Island Lake Bridge, Study 1” made at the Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville, Ontario. It was a pleasure to see the great art for sale at the show and speak to the visitors at the reception.


Island Lake Bridge, Study 1, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, 2014


Recipient of the Award for Best Work by an Emerging Artist {Ontario Artist}

I was truly honoured to be the recipient of the Award for Best Work by an Emerging Artist at the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works yesterday at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, Toronto. The piece selected for the show is “Cheltenham Badlands, Study 1”, which, I am pleased to say, was sold at the opening reception. It was a pleasure to meet and learn about many of the other artists at the show and view their amazing artworks.

My deepest thanks to John Ashbourne, member of the OSA, for sponsoring me in to the show.

A newspaper article ( and the Etobicoke Guardian) has been written here:

Rotary Etobicoke photographer named ‘emerging artist’ by Ontario Society of Artists