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The longlist for the 10th annual Scotiabank Photography Award was announced February 19. The peer-nominated and peer-reviewed honour recognizes the very best in Canadian contemporary photography.

The winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition during the 2021 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by publisher Steidl.

This year’s longlisted artists are Marian Penner Bancroft, Lori Blondeau, Dana Claxton, Marlene Creates, Chris Curreri, William Eakin, Evergon, Sarah Anne Johnson, Emmanuelle Leonard, Evan Rensch and Jin-me Yoon.

The shortlist will be announced on March 31, and the winner will be unveiled at the Scotiabank Photography Award gala in Toronto at the Ryerson Image Centre on May 12.

Let’s take a look at the work of this year’s nominees.

Marian Penner Bancroft, GATHERING 13 photographs, video, four texts, Clouds, jet and contrail over the UK, Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 15-June 28, 2019


Lori Blondeau, Asiniylskwew, 2016, digital photograph, 45” x 66”


Dana Claxton, Lasso, 2018, LED Firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, 72 x 120 inches. Edition of 5.


Marlene Creates, Larch, Spruce, Fir, Birch, Hand, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2007–ongoing, excerpt from jpg 46 (2007), black & white fibre-based silver print, 10½ x 15½ inches / 27 x 39 cm


Chris Curreri, Seem, 2016, Gelatin silver fibre-based print, 30.5 x 30.5 cm


William Eakin, Ghost Month, 2003, pigment print, 13x19 inches


Evergon, Chromogenic Curmudgeons, Tigris Fantastica, from the series Housebound: Cut, Uncut and Broke, 2017Digital Inkjet print from a 4 x 5 in. colour negative, Two Formats: 50,8 x 40,64 cm (edition of 5) and 127 x 101,6 cm (edition of 3)


Sarah Anne Johnson, Rock Pile (Happy Face), 2018, Unique chromogenic print with hand-applied epoxy and oil paint, 71.12 x 106.68 cm


Emmanuelle Leonard, Hangar Resolute, 2019, impression jet d'encre, 76 x 114 cm


Evan Rensch, Carl (from the series Into the Fire), 2017, Inkjet print, 32 x 25.5 inches (81 x 65 cm)


Jin-me Yoon, 'Untunnelling Vision' (video still) (work in progress, 2019) Multi-channel video installation, colour, sound