Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Prefix Prize


The Prefix Prize is a new annual prize awarded to a professional photographic artist of any nationality. Presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in partnership with CONTACT and Underline Studio, the inaugural prize will be launched in May 2021 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Prefix ICA and the 25th anniversary of the Festival. The prize consists of: a cash prize of $2,000 CDN, an artist fee, a published portfolio, and an exhibition presented in the surround gallery at Prefix ICA in May. The Prefix Prize will be awarded to artists at any stage of their careers who have yet to receive the recognition that they deserve.

Entry Guidelines

The prize winner will be selected by a jury of five photographic art professionals, including representatives from Prefix ICA, CONTACT and Underline Studio, along with two additional experts drawn from the broader arts community. For the inaugural prize in May 2021, the jury includes Pamela Edmonds, senior curator, McMaster Museum of Art; Fidel Peña, creative director, Underline Studio; Bonnie Rubenstein, artistic director, CONTACT; and Scott McLeod, founding director, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as one other juror yet to be announced.

Entrants for the Prefix Prize must be professional photographic artists who have completed their basic education or training and who have produced an independent body of artwork. The number of entries is limited in order to guarantee that the jury spends a significant amount of time in their assessment of each entry and to ensure that the entrant has a strong chance of winning. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. At their discretion, the jury may also choose to award up to two honourable mentions.

Entrants must submit up to ten images representing the artist’s work, along with a completed entry form consisting of an artist’s statement or other text about the work, a biography and an images list.

Entry Fee
$65.00 CAD

October 30, 2020

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