Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Burtynsky Grant

Teresa Eng, China Dream, winner of the 2019 Burtynsky Grant. Published by Skinnerboox.

2020 Burtynsky Grant
Submissions are now closed. The 2020 winner will be announced in November.

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


Deadline September 28, 2020

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

  1. Minimum ten (10) spreads of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication
  2. Project statement about your photobook and how you would use the grant funding (ie. rough budget details)
  3. Expressions of interest from publishers, and/or other publishing grants, if available
  4. 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.

For questions, please email