Call for Submissions: 2021 Burtynsky Grant


Burtynsky Grant-winning photobook projects (clockwise from far right) Birthe Piontek, Abendlied; The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book; Pamila Matharu, Index: Some of All Parts; Teresa Eng, China Dream; Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways.

CONTACT is requesting submissions for the 2021 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

In 2016, photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant to foster the creation of photobooks by Canadians. The grant supports photo-based artists who are at the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form.

The CONTACT staff are working remotely and cannot accept hardcopy submissions. Please submit the following as a single PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to by September 7, 2021:

  • Minimum 10 spreads (two pages side-by-side, like an open book) of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication. Full book submissions are also welcome if preferred
  • Project statement about your photobook
  • Rough outline of how you would use the grant funding (ie. budget details regarding printing, distribution, design, etc)
  • CV and/or artist statement
  • Expressions of interest from publishers, if available (this is not mandatory, as you may be self-publishing)

Please note that the jury is not interested in reviewing submissions related to: street photography, travelogues or vacations, architecture, or fashion.

Email with your questions.

Since its inception, The Burtynsky Grant has supported a range of exceptional photobooks by Canadian and international independent publishers – visit our website for the full list of winners and honourable mentions.


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CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

CONTACT is generously supported by Scotia Wealth Management, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, BIG Digital, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art, Hyperallergic, and the Metropolitan.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Pro Helvetia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.