New Generation Photography Award

New Generation Photography Award

Date: Spring 2020
Location: Canadian Photography Institute


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 30 and under, specific to lens-based art. The Award is founded on the creative partnership between Scotiabank and the Canadian Photography Institute at the National Gallery of Canada.

Congratulations to the young talent named on the 2020 longlist:

  • Lacie (Lee) Burning – Vancouver/Six Nations of the Grand River, BC
  • Justin Carter – Halifax, NS
  • Garnet Dirksen – Merritt, BC
  • Noah Friebel – Vancouver, BC
  • Sarah Jasmine Hodgson – Ottawa, ON
  • Kaysha Jamieson – Hamilton, ON
  • Olivia Johnston – Ottawa, ON
  • Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes – Richmond, BC
  • Delphine Lewis – Westmount, Quebec
  • Samantha Miller – Ohsweken, Six Nations, Ontario
  • Curtiss Randolph – Toronto, ON
  • Rachel Rozanski – Toronto, ON
  • Katherine Takpannie – Ottawa, ON

The three winners of the New Generation Photography Award will be announced on March 25, 2020, and will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each along with the opportunity to be featured in two group exhibitions: at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival from May 1 – June 7, 2020 and at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from November 26, 2020 to March 14, 2021. Award recipients will participate in in educational programming and present artist talks in November 2020 at the National Gallery of Canada.

Members of the jury are:

  • Ann Thomas, Interim Chief Curator/ Conservatrice en chef intérimaire, National Gallery of Canada/Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Chair of the Jury
  • Luther Konadu, Artist and past New Generation Photography Award winner (2019)
  • Andrea Kunard, National Gallery of Canada, Associate Curator
  • Suzy Lake, Artist and past Scotiabank Photography Award winner (2016)
  • Alain Paiement, Artist and Professor at Université de Québec à Montréal

Past Winners:

  • 2019: Luther Konadu, Ethan Murphy, Zinnia Naqvi
  • 2018: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster, Deanna Pizzitelli

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. 

More information about the New Generation Photography Award can be found by visiting our Scotiabank newsroom or the Canadian Photography Institute website.

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