Pamila Matharu, adjacencies, 2020. Mixed media, installation view. Photo credit: Durham Art Gallery, variable dimensions.
Submissions for the 2021 Burtynsky Grant are now closed. The winner and honourable mentions will be announced in October 2021.
In 2016, photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant–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.
The CONTACT staff are working remotely and cannot accept hardcopy submissions. Please submit the following as a single PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to email@example.com by September 7, 2021:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Since its inception, The Burtynsky Grant has supported a range of exceptional photobooks by Canadian and international independent publishers.
Pamila Matharu, Index: Some of All Parts. Forthcoming.
Teresa Eng, China Dream. Published 2019 by Skinnerboox.
The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book. Self-published in 2018.
Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways. Published 2017 by Anchorless Press.