The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program awards three $7,000 CAD scholarships each year to students entering the final year of study toward Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with a focus or major in photography at select Canadian academic institutions. The Scholarships are awarded to students working in photography who have shown extraordinary potential throughout their undergraduate studies. Additionally, the home institutions of the winning students will each receive $1000 CAD honoraria.
For the 2015-16 academic year, our partner institutions were: OCAD University, University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, Ryerson University, Concordia University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, York University, University of Guelph and University of British Columbia.
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 2015-16 Scholarship Program Jury. The Scholarship Program Jury included Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario; cheyanne turions, an independent writer, curator and director of No Reading After the Internet and Dave Jordano, winner of the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize.
The jury reviewed the work of the finalists and selected three winners:
- Catherine Canac-Marquis (Concordia University)
- Jeff Chiu (Ryerson University)
- Alexia-Leana Kokozaki (University of Ottawa)
The field of applicants was so competitive this year that, for the first time ever, the jury has decided to award an honourable mention prize to Andi Icaza Largaespada of Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.
Andi Icaza Largaespada
The three winners will each receive $7,000 CAD and will receive a trip alongside a faculty member to Toronto in late-November 2016 to attend the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Winner Announcement Gala and meet the artists shortlisted for the Prize.