The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada's largest photography prize and one of the largest arts and culture prize programmes in the world. The prize awards more than $85,000 CAD in cash prizes directly to artists working in photography each year, and is comprised of an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), an online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com, international artist residencies, public programming, and a national scholarship programme.
Each year, the Prize recognizes four artists working in photography whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years. The artists are chosen via an international nomination process: a group of curators, critics and artists from around the world are invited to submit two artists each for inclusion on a long list. A jury of three, led by an AGO curator, selects a shortlist of four from the long list. Exhibitions are mounted at the AGO and online, and the public are invited to cast a vote for their choice to win the $50,000 CAD prize. Founded in 2007, the Prize was the first major art prize in the world to invite the public to choose its winners.
The three runners-up each receive $5000 CAD stipends toward the research and production of new work, and all four artists receive six-week residencies across Canada designed in collaboration with the AGO to enrich each artist’s respective practice.
The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is a partnership between Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious art museums.
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