The Book Dummy Reviews | 2019 Burtynsky Grant


Courtesy of Birthe Piontek, winner of the 2018 Burtynsky Grant.

The Book Dummy Reviews

Monday May 6, 10am – 1pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas St W

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Deadline: Monday, April 15

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is now accepting applications from photo-based artists to participate in the 2019 Book Dummy Reviews.

This program is open to those who are developing a photobook, or for those with well-developed projects considering their work in book form. This is an excellent opportunity for artists to have their work seen by over 15 local and international publishers, curators, and editors in a casual, one-to-one exchange. Artists will receive conceptual and practical insight about their projects, and gain invaluable feedback for applying to the Burtynsky Grant (more information below.)

This event is organized in conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair on Sunday, May 5 that brings together independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. Local and international publishers include: Archive of Modern Conflict (London, Toronto), Anchorless Press (Toronto), Aperture Books (New York), Bywater Bros. (Port Colborne), Dashwood Books (New York), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Stockport), Gnomic Book (New York), JMS Press (Toronto), Les Éditions du renard (Montreal), Light Work (Syracuse), Meta/Books (Amsterdam), Self Publish Be Happy (London), Session Press (New York), Sputnik Collective (Warsaw), TIS Books (New York).

Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process. Submissions are free. There is a $75+HST participation fee for successful applicants.

For submission details visit



Courtesy of Birthe Piontek, winner of the 2018 Burtynsky Grant.

2019 Burtynsky Grant

Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2019 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

This grant is intended for photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy and who have had little to no prior opportunity to self-publish or work with a publisher.

Sarah Allen – Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Edward Burtynsky
Maxine Proctor – Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair
Marcus Schubert – Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios.

For submission details visit The winner and honourable mentions will be announced in June. For questions about the programs, please email


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595
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Complete 2019 Festival programming will be announced April 1, 2019.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, 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, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Street Art Toronto (StART), Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.