TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Scotiabank is thrilled to announce that
Vancouver's Stan Douglas has been named winner of the third annual
Scotiabank Photography Award. The tightly guarded secret was revealed
at a ceremony held Thursday evening at Toronto's Ryerson Image Centre.
The prestigious prize provides the winner with $50,000 in cash, a
primary Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition in 2014 and
book to be published worldwide by international art publisher Steidl.
The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada's largest annual peer
reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary
"Stan Douglas has helped define and enrich the Canadian art and
photography landscape with his outstanding artwork," said Edward
Burtynksy, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and
co-founder of the Award. "He has pushed the limits of contemporary
photography and will continue to have an incredible impact on the world
of photography both here in Canada and abroad. He joins an exclusive
group that includes Lynne Cohen and the late Arnaud Maggs as winners of
this award. "
Based in Vancouver, Stan Douglas has created films, photographs, and
installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His
works often take their points of departure in local settings, from
which broader issues can be identified. He works with popular media:
photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile
apps. With his artwork, Stan invents, influences and redefines the
cultural understanding and reception of art.
The Scotiabank Photography Award was conceived and developed by Edward
Burtynsky, one of Canada's most respected art photographers, and Jane
Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at
Scotiabank. Burtynsky serves as Chair of the jury and Nokes is the
Award's Executive Director.
"We are so pleased to be offering Stan Douglas this opportunity to take
his art to new heights," said Nokes. "His talent is undeniable and his
impressive work underlines why we established the Award in the first
place. We see tremendous value in celebrating and preserving excellence
in contemporary Canadian art and are proud to take a leadership role in
supporting such great talent."
Stan Douglas was selected from a group of three finalists, which
included Angela Grauerholz and Robert Walker, by a jury of some of
photography's most respected experts:
William Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects, Thames & Hudson/London/New
Karen Love, Independent Curator and Writer, Director of Foundation and Government
Grants, Vancouver Art Gallery
Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada
In addition to this Award, Scotiabank is committed to supporting the
arts through its involvement in numerous festivals and events,
including Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Scotiabank Buskerfest and the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
"Scotiabank has a long history of supporting the arts and artists in
their communities through our Bright Future program, and we are proud
to celebrate Stan Douglas' work," said Jacquie Ryan, Scotiabank Vice President,
Sponsorships and Partnerships Programs. "Our customers have long
recognized that as individuals we gain much more than we give when we
connect with the arts. From photography to dance, theatre to music we
understand that the arts have a unique place in our lives, inspiring us
to pursue our own interests. "
The exhibition featuring the work of last year's winner, the late Arnaud
Maggs, is now open to the public through June 2, 2013 at the Ryerson
Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, Toronto, as part of the 2013 Scotiabank
CONTACT Photography Festival.
For more information about the winner, finalists, jury and prize, please
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
For further information:
about the short-listed photographers and to receive images of their work:
Jeri Brown, Media Profile, email@example.com, 416-520-9381 (mobile)
Sheena Findlay, Scotiabank, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-866-6806