Call for entries: The Burtynsky Grant for photobooks

CONTACT is requesting submissions for the 2021 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

In 2016, photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant to foster the creation of photobooks by Canadians. The grant supports photo-based artists who are at the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form.

Please submit the following as a PDF by a file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer or Dropbox) to by Monday, June 7, 2021.

– Minimum ten (10) spreads of your book dummy that best communicate your project and vision for publication
– Project statement about your photobook and how you would use the grant funding (ie. rough budget details)
– Expressions of interest from publishers, and/or other publishing grants, if available
– CV and/or artist statement

Please note that CONTACT staff are working remotely and cannot accept hardcopy submissions. Thank you for your understanding. For questions, please email

Since its inception, The Burtynsky Grant has supported a range of exceptional photobooks by Canadian and international independent publishers.

More information here.

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