Imagine A Show is a collaborative project designed to showcase the imagination, passion, talent and creativity of youth through photography in the Waterloo Region. Each year (2012 to 2016) we sent a challenge to ALL youth (aged 0 to 18) to pick up their cameras and tell stories that only they can tell.

For five years we worked alongside community leaders including THEMUSEUM, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Maker Expo, snapd KW and Waterloo Public Library to deliver programs and inspire youth through workshops and opportunities.

Once the photos were collected, they were organized and presented in both a book and a physical collection that showcased the amazing skill, talent and imagination of our youth.

For our fifth and final year we delivered workshops with THEMUSEUM, Maker Expo & Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and received over 100 photos from youth across the region. Some photos were shown at THEMUSEUM at the end of 2016 while the final collection was presented at Kitchener Public Library Gallery March 2017.

The 2016 book is available online at

In 2012, Imagine A Show was created to provide opportunities for youth to gain confidence as they showcased, and we celebrated, their unique and powerful photographic creations.

That first year was not planned to be the start of a multiyear project but now, as we wrap up our 2016 collection, we are proud to have assembled five books and five collections while showcasing hundreds of talented youth and over a thousand photos.

We’ve had a busy few years.

Thank you to Lori Crewe, the talented photographer and designer who assembled our book each year and to Anestis Papoutsis who shared with us his love and knowledge of photography at several workshops and events.

Thank you to all the fantastic organizations, businesses, teachers, parents, guardians and friends who were part of the inspiration and implementation of this project.

Most importantly, thank you to all the youth who shared their work and ideas through their photographs. Thank you for the passion you demonstrate in your work and life and thank you for sharing your photos and perspectives with us all.

Jason Panda

(Thanks to Darin White for a wonderful article on our last collection.)