Canada’s Prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award Announces the Three Finalists for the 2016 Award

To the three finalists for the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award:

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The Scotiabank Photography Award is the largest annual peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography.

  • Designed to raise the international profile of established Canadian photographic artists, the short list is announced every March in Toronto.
  • The winner is announced in May during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, along with the opening of the exhibition and the book launch for the previous year’s winner.

The following video presents Scotiabank Photography Award – 2015 Winner Angela Grauerholz – EN:


Scotiabank Photography Award reveals 2016 finalists

Winner to be announced May 3

TORONTO, ONTARIO – (Marketwired – March 9, 2016) – The Scotiabank Photography Award proudly announces the finalists for the 2016 Award: Pascal Grandmaison, Suzy Lake and Jayce Salloum.

The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious peer-nominated, peer-reviewed photography award. 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.

“At Scotiabank, we have witnessed, first hand, the powerful way that photography helps people connect with a moment in time. In 2010, we co-created the Scotiabank Photography Award, with Edward Burtynsky, to strengthen our commitment to the arts and to celebrate the creative vision and accomplishments of some of our country’s most gifted photographers,” said Barbara Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank. “The finalists for this Award are artists who strive to invent, influence and redefine art in enduring ways.”

“The Scotiabank Photography Award is designed to be an annual search for excellence,” said Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and internationally renowned Canadian photo artist. “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.”

The 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award Shortlist Finalists are:

  1. Pascal Grandmaison, Montréal, Québec
  2. Suzy Lake, Toronto, Ontario
  3. Jayce Salloum, Vancouver, British Colombia

Scotiabank has a long-standing history of acknowledging the importance of photography in Canada and around the world through the Scotiabank Photography Award, as the sponsor of the CONTACT Photography Festival, and as Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute – a global centre for excellence in photography at the National Gallery of Canada.

The Scotiabank Photography Award Jury is composed of pre-eminent members of the Canadian arts community:

  • Robert Bean, Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University (NSCAD), Artist, Writer and Curator, Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • Catherine Bédard, Deputy Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre, Art Historian, Paris, France; and
  • Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, and Senior Contributing Editor Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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 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 and beyond, open to the public free of charge, from May 4 to August 21, 2016.

The 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner will be announced on May 3, 2016, at the Ryerson Image Centre. For more information about the prize please visit

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