Scotiabank Photography Award

At Scotiabank, we are proud to play a role in celebrating the creative vision and accomplishments of our country’s most gifted photographers.

Scotiabank Photography Award

The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that acknowledges the outstanding contribution that our winners have made to contemporary art and photography. These are artists who strive to invent, influence and redefine the reception of art in ways that will endure. The Scotiabank Photography Award winner exhibition is a featured primary exhibition co-curated by Paul Roth & Gaëlle Morel at the Toronto Image Centre during the CONTACT Photography Festival. The winner also receives a $50,000 cash prize and a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by Steidl of Germany.

The Award was co- founded in 2010, by Edward Burtynsky, internationally-renowned Canadian photo artist and Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury, and Scotiabank to strengthen Scotiabank’s commitment to the Arts in Canada.

Scotiabank has a long-standing history of celebrating the importance of photography in Canada and around the world. In 1976, we established the Scotiabank Fine Art Collection and today the collection continues to acquire the work of renowned Canadian photographers, including the work of some of our past Scotiabank Photography Award winners.


Clara Gutsche wins the 2024 Scotiabank Photography Award

Montreal-based artist Clara Gutsche wins 2024 Scotiabank Photography Award

2024 Scotiabank Photography Award shortlist highlights Canada’s best lens-based artists

Their work may focus on different subjects, but what the three shortlisted artists for the 2024 Scotiabank Photography Award do have in common is a mastery of their craft and decades of acclaimed work.

Artists on the 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award shortlist share a common thread

Three finalists for Canada’s most prestigious peer-nominated prize for lens-based art all have the desire to define their world through the lens of art