AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 long list

Fourteen outstanding photographers selected through international
nomination process

TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Today the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading contemporary photography award, announced the highly
anticipated long list of 14 finalists from around the world, submitted
by a group of international nominators. Formerly known as The Grange
Prize, the $50,000 purse is awarded by public vote and honours living
artists whose work in photography and video over the past five years
has displayed extraordinary potential. The nominators are leading
Canadian and international experts in photography (curators, academics
and artists) who have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one
from their home countries or regions of expertise and one

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes candidates from
nine countries:

  • Edgardo Aragón (Mexico)
  • Jessica Eaton (Canada)
  • Em’Kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon)
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier (U.S.)
  • Regina José Galindo (Guatemala)
  • Ron Jude (U.S.)
  • Tomoko Kikuchi (Japan)
  • Emanuel Licha (Canada)
  • Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria)
  • Chino Otsuka (Japan)
  • Erin Shirreff (Canada)
  • Dan Siney (Canada)
  • Efrat Shvily (Israel)
  • Lucie Stahl (Germany)

“The 14 nominated artists have diverse practices, but they have made an
extraordinary impact in their respective communities,” says Matthew
, Director and CEO of the AGO. “As we enter an exciting new
phase for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize we hold onto our foundation
by supporting artists with residency and exhibition programs at home
and abroad. I extend sincere congratulations to all nominees; I know
that they will all make a valuable contribution to the continuing
innovation and growth of photography across the world.”

“On behalf of Aimia, I would like to congratulate all of the artists who
were nominated for the prize this year. The Aimia | AGO Photography
Prize not only recognizes their immense talent, but also provides those
ultimately short-listed with an invaluable opportunity to learn and
develop new projects while exploring their talents,” says Vince
Timpano, President and CEO of Aimia in Canada. “We’re proud to partner
with the AGO for the sixth year to continue to foster artistic
development at home and around the world.”

The prestigious group of nominators for the 2013 Aimia | AGO Photography
Prize includes:

  • Yael Bartana, internationally acclaimed artist
  • Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at
    Columbia College, Chicago
  • Michiko Kasahara, Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
  • Mark Lanctôt, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • Helga Pakasaar, Curator, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
  • José Roca, Adjunct Curator, Latin American Art, Tate
  • Bisi Silva, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

From the list of 14 artists, a jury of three experts headed by Lead
Juror Elizabeth Smith, AGO Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs, will select a short list
of four artists, including at least one Canadian artist. These artists
will receive a fully funded six-week residency in Canada and their work
will be exhibited at the AGO beginning September 11, 2013. The winner
will be selected by public vote inside the exhibition and online at (with online voting beginning August 27, 2013). The winner, who will be
announced on November 7, 2013, receives $50,000.

Please watch for the short list announcement in August 2013. For updates
on the prize and additional information please visit and follow @AimiaAGOPrize on Twitter.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s leading photography prize
and one of the largest arts and culture prize programs in the world.
The prize awards more than $85,000 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, international artist residencies, public programming, as well as an
extensive national scholarship program.

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The AGO acknowledges the generous support of Aimia, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.




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