The 2022 Burtynsky Grant awarded to Fatine-Violette Sabiri

October 25, 2022 – CONTACT is pleased to announce Montréal-based Fatine-Violette Sabiri as the 2022 Burtynsky Grant winner for the book project Kiss Landing.

The jury, comprising Edward Burtynsky, Mark Bennett, Clea Forkert, and Romke Hoogwaerts had the pleasure of reviewing a wide range of compelling, competitive photobook proposals from across Canada.

“Fatine-Violette Sabiri’s Kiss Landing brings together photographs made in Montréal and Casablanca, the two cities that the artist has lived between since early childhood. Comprising portraits, landscapes and still lives made over a 10-year period, the photobook sheds light on the multiplicity of existences embedded in the biracial and migratory experience. The autobiographical images in Kiss Landing demonstrate the artist’s deep sense of curiosity and intimacy within their two communities. Sabiri’s thoughtful plan for self-publication and collaboration across Canada, Morocco, and France to connect with a broader Franco-Maghrebian audience further reinforces the book’s themes of hybridity.”

The jury would like to acknowledge the following Honourable Mentions:

Oumayma Ben TanfousIntertwined
Bertrand CarrièreUne poignée d’étoiles (A Handful of Stars)
Tommy KeithDon’t Forget to Wave
Julie PasilaAs Above

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016–a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. The grant supports photo-based artists who are at the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form.


Since its inception, The Burtynsky Grant has supported a range of exceptional photobooks, many created by Canadian and international independent publishers.

Cristian Ordóñez, Frequency. Forthcoming

Honourable Mentions

Sara Knelman, Lady Readers
Jon Laytner, Normal and Boring
Rehab Nazzal, Driving in Palestine
Kyler Zeleny, Bury Me in the Back Forty


Pamila Matharu, Index: Some of All Parts. Forthcoming.

Honourable Mentions

Leyla Godfrey, Four Walls With No Entrance
Esmond Lee, Below the City
Laurence Philomene, Puberty

Teresa Eng, China Dream. Published 2019 by Skinnerboox.

Honourable Mentions

Valerian Mazataud, Liwa Mairin. Self-published in 2021.
Luis Mora, Say it with Flowers. Self-published in 2019.
Heather Rattray, 98 Ways to Say Very Good

Birthe Piontek, Abendlied. Published 2019 by Gnomic Book.

Honourable Mentions

Eve Tagny, Lost Love
Ian Willms, We Shall See

The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book. Self-published in 2018.

Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways. Published 2017 by Anchorless Press.

Submissions for the 2023 Grant will open next summer. Submission guidelines are below:

Please provide the following via filesharing service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox to [email protected]:

– Minimum 10 spreads (two pages side-by-side, like an open book) of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication. Full book submissions are also welcome if preferred
– Project statement about your photobook
– Rough outline of how you would use the grant funding (ie. budget details regarding printing, distribution, design, etc)
– CV and/or artist statement
– Expressions of interest from publishers, if available (this is not mandatory, as you may be self-publishing)

Please note that the jury is not interested in reviewing submissions related to: street photography, travelogues or vacations, architecture, or fashion.

Email [email protected] with your questions.