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.