Scotiabank Photography Award

  • Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012
    Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London


Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012, digital C-print mounted on Dibond, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London

Scotiabank Photography Award → 

Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) is the largest annual peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography. The award recognizes the work of an exceptional Canadian photo-based artist and aims to launch them to the next level of their career. The jury is chaired by internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. The shortlisted artists for 2014 are: Rodney GrahamMark Ruwedel and Donald Weber.

The winner for 2014 is Mark Ruwedel. As the 2014 SPA recipient, Ruwedel joins a distinguished group of artists that includes Stan Douglas, Lynne Cohen and Arnaud Maggs, contemporaries honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award in years past.

Congratulations to Mark Ruwedel!
Nominator's statement

Ruwedel has developed a distinct approach to image-making that draws upon his extensive knowledge of the history of photography and a keen awareness of the debates on the nature of representation associated with the emergence of Conceptual Art in the late 20th century. 

Stan Douglas
Scotiabank Photography Award Winner
May 1 - June 1, 2014
Guest Curated by Robert Bean
Ryerson Image Centre

Douglas has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. He works with popular media: photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile apps. With his artwork, Stan invents, influences and redefines the cultural understanding and reception of art.

The Scotiabank Photography Award consists of five components:

A cash prize of $50,000 to the winner 
A book published and distributed world-wide by the internationally-renowned;art photography publisher Steidl (Germany) and overseen by Ed Burtynsky
A curated exhibition during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at the Ryerson Research Centre 
$5000 cash prizes to each of the two shortlisted artists
$1500 honorarium to the nominator of the winning artists for a written statement in the publication

The award was founded by Edward Burtynsky, internationally-renowned Canadian photo artist and Chair of SPA, with Jane Nokes, Director of the Scotiabank Group’s Corporate Archives and Fine Art Collection and Executive Director of SPA on behalf of Scotiabank Group. Scotiabank Group Fine Art Collection was founded in 1976 and was one of Canada’s first banks to collect photo-based art.

The short list is announced every March in Toronto. The winner will be announced in May during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2014, along with the opening of the exhibition and the book launch for the previous year's winner.

Scotiabank Message

Welcome to the 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival! 

Scotiabank is thrilled to be the title sponsor of this annual festival of photography - the largest event of its kind in the world.

We support arts and culture through our global philanthropic program Bright Future because we believe the arts enrich our lives and encourage us to look at things from a different perspective.

The festival brings together over 1,500 talented local, national and international photographers. Their work presenting throughout Toronto inspires close to a million people every year, offering a glimpse into the creative world of photography.

This year’s program promises to offer an exciting experience and we are proud to announce that the winner of the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award for 2013, Stan Douglas will showcase his work at an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Please visit the 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to discover the great selection of photographic art that it has to offer. I hope you have a great experience and it inspires new ways of thinking about the world every day.

Sabi Marwah
Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Scotiabank