Call for Submissions: 2023 Burtynsky Grant

Image sequencing for Fatine-Violette Sabiri’s upcoming book Kiss Landing, winner of the 2022 Burtynsky Grant. Image courtesy of VU Photo and the artist.

Apply for the 2023 Burtynsky Grant

Deadline: October 13, 2023

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is requesting submissions for the 2023 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.

Please provide the following via file-sharing service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox to Hardcopy submissions are also accepted by drop-off or mail to the office address below.

  • 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.


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
416 539 9595
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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, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Toronto Image Works, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Saman Design, The Globe and Mail, British Journal of Photography, Hyperallergic, Contemporary &, CBC Toronto, and Art Papers.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.