Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Apply to the Burtynsky Grant

Courtesy of Birthe Piontek, winner of the 2018 Burtynsky Grant.
Courtesy of Birthe Piontek, winner of the 2018 Burtynsky Grant.

2019 Burtynsky Grant
Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2019 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

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.

Sarah Allen – Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Edward Burtynsky
Maxine Proctor – Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair
Marcus Schubert – Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios.

The winner and honourable mentions will be announced in June.

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 (see website footer for address). You must be a Canadian citizen or resident to be eligible.

– 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

For questions about the program, please email

Past Winners

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

Exhibition Submissions

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites exhibition submissions annually between October and December. Please check back in mid-2019 for more information on how to submit to our juried and non-juried exhibition programs.

To qualify for submissions, all artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition venue in the Greater Toronto Area during May. A registration fee of $275 + HST applies to both programs.

Submissions are not accepted for CONTACT’s curated programming, including the CONTACT Gallery, Primary Exhibitions, and Public Installations.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.