Call to Photographers, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Deadline: May 15

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Burtynsky-grant-picCall to Photographers, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are accepting submissions for the 2017 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. Burtynsky generously donated his 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts of $25,000 to create the grant and foster the careers of Canadian artists.

This grant is intended to support artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy, are currently seeking funding to work with a publisher or to self-publish, and who have had little to no prior experience publishing a photobook. The winner will be announced at the end of May 2017.

Deadline May 15, 2017

Please submit the following as a PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to Hardcopy submissions are also welcome in person or by mail at the applicant’s expense; please deliver to our office at the address below. You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.

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

For questions, please email


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