Photographer Edward Burtynsky announced this week that he will use a CAD 25,000 ($18,892) award he received to establish a photo book publishing grant for Canadian emerging photographers. The money will support one CAD 5,000 ($3,778) grant per year for the next five years. Burtynsky had received the cash prize from The Canada Council for the Arts as one of this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
“I know the importance of publishing a photobook to one’s career and wanted to donate the prize money to inspire and encourage emerging Canadian photographers,” Burtynsky said in the same statement. The photographer has published several books in his career, including Manufactured Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada/Yale, 2003), which documented the environmental effects of industrialization; and, most recently, Water (Steidl, 2013), his series of photographs about the world’s most precious natural resource.
Applications for the grant are being accepted until May 16, 2016. The winner will be announced at the end of May.
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