The Burtynsky Grant – Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Burtynsky Grant – Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Deadline: September 28, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Canada
Prizes: $5,000

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2020 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

Established in 2016, this grant is intended for photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy and who have had little to no prior opportunity to self-publish or work with a publisher. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.

Past Winners

  • 2019 – Teresa Eng, China Dream
    Honourable Mentions: Valerian Mazataud, Liwa Mairin; Luis Mora, Say it with Flowers; Heather Rattray, 98 Ways to Say Very Good
  • 2018 – Birthe Piontek, Abendlied
    Honourable Mentions: Eve Tagny, Lost Love; Ian Willms, We Shall See
  • 2017 – The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book
  • 2016 – Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways

Submission Details

Deadline September 28, 2020

Please submit the following as a PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to

  • Minimum ten (10) spreads of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication
  • Project statement about your photobook and how you would use the grant funding (ie. rough budget details)
  • Expressions of interest from publishers, and/or other publishing grants, if available
  • CV and/or artist statement

Please note that due the COVID-10 pandemic, CONTACT staff are working from home and cannot accept hardcopy submissions this year. Thank you for your understanding.

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