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HISTORY OF THE PRIZE
The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, formerly known as The Grange Prize, was launched in 2007 as a unique partnership between Aeroplan, a Canadian travel reward program, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a mandate to recognize the best in Canadian and international contemporary photography. For the first five years of its existence, the Prize partnered Canada with an international partner country to form a nominating jury of curatorial and scholarly experts, who selected a shortlist comprising four photographers – two from Canada and two from the partner country. The partner countries were China (2008), Mexico (2009), the United States (2010), India (2011), and the United Kingdom (2012).
The Prize expanded in 2013 to incorporate the national scholarship program and shift from a partner country structure to an international nomination process. The Prize was retired in 2017 after a decade-long run. More information on the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize can be found here.