Call for Submissions: 2023 Burtynsky Grant

Date Posted
August 23, 2023
Opportunity with
Scotiabank Contact
Application Deadline
October 13, 2023 at 12:00 am
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The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is requesting submissions for the 2023 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

In 2016, photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant to foster the creation of photobooks by Canadians. The grant supports photo-based artists who are at the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form.

Please provide the following via file-sharing service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox to Hardcopy submissions are also accepted by drop-off or mail to the office address below.

  • 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 with your questions.

Since its inception, The Burtynsky Grant has supported a range of exceptional photobooks by Canadian and international independent publishers – visit our website for the full list of winners and honourable mentions.

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