Finalists for 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award revealed
Two photographers from Quebec and a photographer from Ontario are the top 3 finalists in the running for the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award, Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award.
The 3 finalists are:
- Raymonde April, Montreal, Quebec
- Donigan Cumming, Montreal, Quebec
- Shelley Niro, Brantford, Ontario
“Our three 2017 shortlist finalists are all remarkable artists with significant careers dedicated to the creation of solid bodies of work that demonstrate the excellence of contemporary Canadian photography,” said renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, who chairs the Scotiabank Photography Award jury.
“The extraordinary 2017 finalists capture our imaginations, expose us to new ideas and enable us to see the world through a different lens,” says Barb Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank.
Over the past 30 years, Raymonde April has had her work showcased in various exhibitions, such as at the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, among many others.
She has also made several films and has had her work included in several collections. She is also a professor of Photography in the Department of Studio Arts of Concordia University.
Donnigan Cumming is engaged in multi-media artwork, using photography, video, painting, drawing, sound and text in his artworks and installations. His work explores themes of representation, memory and mourning, economic disparity, visual taboos, and empathetic engagement with society. Swiss critic Jean Perret says of Cumming’s community that they are “those people who are damaged by life, in whom he can see the angel which also lives within them.”
Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist, with her work involving photography, painting, beadwork and film. She produces work that reflects herself and her community, and her work is conscious of the impact of post-colonial mediums on Indigenous people. Her photo series present people in realistic and explorative portrayals.
The winner will be selected by the Scotiabank Photography Award jury, composed of members of the Canadian art community:
- Robert Enright, Professor and University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph, Ontario, and Senior Contributing Editor, Border Crossings Magazine, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Marie J. Jean, Executive and Artistic Director, VOX centre de l’image contemporaine
- Mark Lewis, artist
The winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000, a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and a primary exhibition at the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Germany’s Gerhard Steidl will also publish and distribute a book of the winner’s work.
Meanwhile, each of the two other shortlisted artists will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each.
The 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award winner will be announced on May 9, 2017.