The winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award will receive a cash prize of $50,000, a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and a primary exhibition at the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In addition, Gerhard Steidl of Germany will publish and internationally distribute a book of the winner’s work. The two shortlisted artists will receive cash prizes of $10,000 each.
“The Scotiabank Photography Award is designed to be an annual search for excellence,” said Edward Burtynsky, chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury. “The three finalists on the 2016 shortlist are exceptional artists with unique and distinctive bodies of work that show outstanding quality in Canadian contemporary photography. We look forward to announcing the winner of this year’s award on May 3.”
Other members of this year’s jury are NSCAD professor and photographer Robert Bean, Canadian Cultural Centre deputy director Catherine Bédard, and University of Guelph research chair in art theory and criticism Robert Enright.
The 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Angela Grauerholz, will have a solo primary exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival from May 4 to August 21.
Founded in 2010, this award recognizes the achievements of an established mid to later-career artist and the outstanding contribution that he or she has made to contemporary art and photography in Canada.