About the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize
The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s most significant award for contemporary photography, recognizing photographers from around the world whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years. Established in 2007, it was the first major art prize to allow the public to choose its winner. The Prize has a total annual value of $90,000, with $50,000 awarded to the winner, $5,000 awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists, and $25,000 that supports a national scholarship program for students studying photography at select institutions across Canada.
Each year, the Prize recognizes four artists working in photography whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years. The artists are chosen via an international nomination process: a group of curators, critics and artists from around the world are invited to submit two artists each for inclusion on a long list. A jury of three, led by an AGO curator, selects a shortlist of four from the long list. Exhibitions are mounted at the AGO and online, and the public are invited to cast a vote for their choice to win the $50,000 CAD prize. Founded in 2007, the Prize was the first major art prize in the world to invite the public to choose its winners. The three runners-up each receive $5000 CAD stipends toward the research and production of new work.
In 2013, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program was introduced, honouring students studying photography at select academic institutions across Canada. Students entering the final year of study toward Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with a major in or focus on photography are invited to apply to internal juries at their respective schools. Each school then submits one finalist to a jury comprised of a previous winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize and two representatives from the AGO. The jury awards three students whose undergraduate work has exhibited extraordinary potential $7000 CAD scholarships toward their final year of study. More information about the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program can be found here.
The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is a partnership between Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious art museums. Formerly known as The Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography, the Prize expanded in 2013 to incorporate the national scholarship program and shift from a partner country structure to an international nomination process. Additionally, the presenting partner of the Prize evolved from Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, to its parent company, Aimia.
About Aimia in Canada
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About the AGO
With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.ca to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.
The AGO is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners. For more information on the AGO and its collections, visit ago.ca.