Photographers from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will vie for a new, $50,000 honour celebrating Canadian photography.
Organizers of the inaugural Scotiabank Photography Award announced on Friday a short list of three to compete for the contemporary art prize.
The shortlisted photographers are:
- Lynne Cohen of Montreal.
- Robin Collyer of Toronto.
- Roy Arden of Vancouver.
The winner will receive $50,000, a publishing deal with art photography publisher Steidl and a curated exhibition at the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
The remaining two finalists each receive $5,000.
"The creative vision demonstrated by each of the shortlisted artists reinforces the value of art to show us who we are as a country and how we see the world," the prize's executive director Jane Nokes said in a statement.
Nokes and acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky created the new honour to draw attention to and promote contemporary photo-based art made by established Canadian practitioners.
Burtynsky will serve as chair of the inaugural jury panel, along with Vancouver Art Gallery's curatorial affairs manager Karen Love; Marie-Josée Jean, director of VOX Contemporary Image Centre in Montreal; and William A. Ewing, director of curatorial projects at art book publisher Thames & Hudson.
The jury will announce a winner at a Toronto gala on May 18, during the 2011 edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.