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Meet our Photo Contest Judge Mr. Brian James (Toronto Portrait and Street Photographer)

It’s November and the Iconic Toronto Photo Contest is here! πŸ† It is with pleasure we have the opportunity to introduce our volunteer judge, Mr. Brian James, a talented photographer from Toronto, specializing in street and portraiture. The Iconic Toronto photo contest will have thousands of entries under the hashtag #iconictoronto so we are grateful to Brian and co-judge Taku Kumabe, for helping us pick finalists and winners!

We interviewed Brian for Tdot Shots blog in 2020. He told us, “I go by my first and middle names, Brian James. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and have lived in a few locations during my adult life. I relocated to the Greater Toronto Area about two years ago and I’ve been loving the vibe of this city. Not only is it beautiful but the food is great and the people are friendly!” We are glad you relocated to Toronto and blessed us with your creative photographic take on this city.

Let’s look at some of Brian’s work. There’s really no other way to get to know the artist πŸ‘

Brian’s photography is very intimate, whether that’s a portrait with a client or model, or a street capture with a candid aspect. The focus is people in their environments, and the shot, the edit, the final presentation is always presented with great care.

Here’s a few more favourites:

In our interview Brian wrote: “I tend to like urban photography the most. More specifically I like street photography. Although I don’t post too much of it on my Instagram, this is probably my favourite style.” At this point in 2022, we think that the photographer’s Instagram is full of amazing street photography.

In fact we asked Mr. Brian James to consider judging with us specifically because of the great variety of street and portrait photography in his portfolio. After all, we have a category called “Culture and Street,” and we hope to see a lot of great photography of people and the community among the posts tagged with #iconictoronto.


Iconic Toronto Photo Contest 2022 is on now! Every year we host a photo contest, presented with Tdot Shots, a design studio that supports the Toronto photo community. Get involved by submitting your shots or volunteer with us! Good luck to all those who enter! πŸ€πŸ˜€

Thank you Mr. Brian James for supporting our contest and bringing your talents to our judging team. Please follow the artist on Instagram.

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