New Generation Photography Award


New Generation Photography Award

Location: National Gallery of Canada


The New Generation Photography Award, established in 2017, celebrates three young Canadians working in lens-based art. The Award aims to elevate the careers of young artists and is unique in that it is the only dedicated prize offered to artists 35 and under, specific to lens-based art. The Award is founded on the creative partnership between Scotiabank and the National Gallery of Canada.

The winners for the 2021 edition are:

  • Dustin Brons, Vancouver, BC
  • Chris Donovan, Saint John, NB
  • Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Brampton, ON

The three winners will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each and will be featured in two group exhibitions: an outdoor exhibition at Ryerson University in Toronto during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival held from April 30 – October 3, 2021; and at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in Fall 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). Award recipients will be mentored by the curatorial team at the National Gallery of Canada and they will participate in artist talks and their work will be included in exhibition tours and educational programming. The 2020 and 2021 winners will present their works together at both group exhibitions.

The winners were selected from a longlist by the following Members of the 2021 New Generation Photography Award Jury:

  • Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator, Photographs, National Gallery of Canada and Chair of the Jury
  • Noah Friebel, Artist and 2020 New Generation Photography Award winner
  • Lorraine Gilbert, Director, Visual Arts Department, University of Ottawa
  • Shelley Niro, Artist and 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award winner

Past Winners:

  • 2020: Noah Friebel, Curtiss Randolph, Katherine Takpannie
  • 2019: Luther Konadu, Ethan Murphy, Zinnia Naqvi
  • 2018: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster, Deanna Pizzitelli

More information about the New Generation Photography Award can be found by visiting our Scotiabank newsroom or the National Gallery of Canada website.

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