2013 - 14 Scholarship Program

In 2013, The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize expanded to include the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program. Each year, this program awards three $7,000 CAD scholarships to undergraduate students who are entering their final year of study at select Canadian academic institutions. The scholarship is the first major scholarship program administered by a major Canadian art and culture prize.

The Scholarships are awarded to students working in photography who have shown extraordinary potential throughout their undergraduate studies. For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, “photography” is defined broadly: submissions can include video, photo-based installation, and other lens-based artwork.

For the 2013-14 academic year, our partner institutions were: Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), Concordia University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), OCAD University, Ryerson University, the University of Manitoba, and l’Université du Québec.

More than 100 students applied to the program, and each academic partner institution formed a jury of three faculty to review their students' submissions and select one finalist for submission to the 2013-14 Scholarship Program Jury.

The jury included: Sophie Hackett, Associate Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Erin Shirreff, winner of the 2013 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize; and Kelly McKinley, Director, OMCA Lab at the Oakland Museum of California and the former Richard and Elizabeth Currie Executive Director, Education and Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The jury reviewed the work of the eight finalists and selected three winners:

  • Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)
  • Paige Lindsay (Ryerson)
  • Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

The three winners will each receive $7000 CAD and will receive a trip alongside a faculty member to Toronto in late-October 2014 to attend the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Winner Announcement Gala and meet the artists shortlisted for the Prize. Additionally, the home institutions of the winning students will each receive $1000 CAD honorariums.