Deanna Bowen of Montreal wins $ 50,000 Scotiabank Photography Prize

TORONTO – Montrealer Deanna Bowen has won the annual Scotiabank Photography Award of $ 50,000.

The honor recognizes established artists and is billed as the nation’s largest photography award.

The organizers of the award say Bowen’s family history has been central to her work since the early 1990s. She hails from the pioneer families of Black Prairie, born in Alabama and Kentucky, to the communities of central Alberta’s Amber Valley and Campsie.

In recent years, his work has focused on his family’s migrations, the “all black” towns of Oklahoma and the Ku Klux Klan in Canada and the United States.

Bowen will also receive a solo exhibition at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2022 and a published book of his work distributed worldwide by art book publisher Steidl.

Three other finalists each receive $ 10,000: Annie MacDonell of Toronto; Dawit L. Petros of Montreal; and Greg Staats from Toronto / Six Nations Grand River Territory.

The award was co-founded by Scotiabank and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky to help artists achieve the next level of national and international recognition.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 15, 2021.

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