affects 15% of couples, but the impact is much broader and deeper than revealed
in this statistic. The effects of infertility can be devastating - to
the person, the couple, the extended family, and the broader community.
purpose of this competition is to share multiple perspectives on infertility
through art and to tell the stories that are difficult to convey verbally. We
felt that art (photography, painting, poetry/prose) would be a good vehicle to
communicate the emotions and sentiments that shape how we experience
infertility as individuals, as extended family members and as members of a
this competition provides those who have had to deal with infertility an
opportunity to convey their personal struggle, it also provides a challenge to
others - who might not have had a personal experience with infertility
- to explore the issue of infertility through artistic expression. This
competition aims to engage the broader community in a dialogue about something
so personal, yet central to whom we are as human beings.
is hoped that the works produced through this event will generate many
perspectives and a deeper understanding about the struggles of those trying to
conceive and an acknowledgment of the effects on our society. Artwork is
judged not on technical or artistic skill alone, but on the impact of the
$1,500 per category - $1,000 for 1st prize; $500 for 2nd prize
Awards sponsored by the Ottawa Fertility
This is a community event and participation is welcome and open to all. We particularly welcome and encourage both professional and amateur artists
Employees of, members of the immediate family of, or those domiciled with an employee or owner of the Ottawa Fertility Centre as well contest volunteers, judges, and members of their immediate families. “Immediate family” is defined as parents, siblings, children or spouse.