New Generation Photography Award

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
New Generation Photography Award Date: April 13 - August 19, 2018
Canadian Photography Institute

On March 13, 2018, Scotiabank awarded the inaugural New Generation Photography Award, in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli (Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13, to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5, to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 1 pm at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank’s history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift’s continued legacy.

OCAD University will be hosting a New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk with the three inaugural recipients. For event details, visit

The three recipients of the 2018 New Generation Photography Award were selected from the longlist by the award’s jury, consisting of Canadian and international photography experts, artists, and leaders in the community:

  • Luce Lebart, Director, Canadian Photography Institute, Chair of the Jury;
  • Robert Bean, Professor, Visual Arts, NSCAD, Scotiabank Photography Award jury member (2014-2016);
  • Stan Douglas, Artist and past Scotiabank Photography Award winner (2013); and,
  • Elena Navarro, Director of FotoMexico with Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City.

The award longlist was announced in February 2018. It included 24 young Canadian lens-based artists selected by the New Generation Photography Award Nomination Committee, a panel of 15 nominators who represent members of the arts community, including photography experts from arts universities and colleges across Canada.

More information about the New Generation Photography Award can be found by visiting our Scotiabank newsroom

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