Landscape photographer Mark Ruwedel is the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award, the bank announced this evening at an awards ceremony in Toronto.
In addition to receiving a $50,000 cash prize, Ruwedel will have a book of his work published by Steidl, and will have an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, in Toronto.
“I’ve followed the development of Mark Ruwedel’s work with keen interest for over thirty years,” Edward Burtynsky, co-founder of the award and chair of the jury, said in a prepared statement. “He is a master of seeing and printing and has inspired countless landscape photographers.”
The two other finalist for the prize were Rodney Graham, a conceptual artist working in a variety of media including photography; and documentary photographer Donald Weber, who was one of the PDN‘s 30 in 2008.
The Scotiabank Photography Award was established four years ago to honor the work of contemporary Canadian photographers. Previous winners include Stan Douglas, Arnaud Maggs and Lynne Cohen.
This year’s finalists were selected by a three-member jury that included Robert Bean, an artist, writer and photography professor; Catherine Bédard, an art historian and Deputy-Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre; and Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, at the National Gallery of Canada.