Call for Submissions: The Book Dummy Reviews | 2020 Burtynsky Grant


Book dummy treatments of Luis Mora, Say it with Flowers, 2019. Presented at the 2019 Book Dummy Reviews, and an honourable mention for the 2019 Burtynsky Grant. Courtesy of Luis Mora and Sebastián Rodriguez Besa.

The Book Dummy Reviews

Monday May 4, 10am – 1pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas St W

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Deadline: Monday, April 15

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is now accepting applications from photo-based artists to participate in the 2020 Book Dummy Reviews.

This program is open to those who are developing a photobook, or for those with well-developed projects considering the book form for their work. This is an excellent opportunity for artists to have their work seen by over 15 local and international publishers, curators, and editors in a casual, one-to-one exchange. Artists will receive conceptual and practical insight about their projects, and gain invaluable feedback for applying to the Burtynsky Grant (more information below.)

This event is organized in conjunction with the CONTACT Photobook Fair on Sunday, May 3 that brings together independent publishers and leading contemporary photographers to present newly released publications. International publishers include: Candor Arts (Chicago); Ceiba Editions (Italy); Session Press (New York); Skinnerboox (Italy); Spector Books (Germany); TBW Books (Oakland); plus more to be announced.

Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process. Submissions are free. There is a $75+HST participation fee for successful applicants.

For submission details visit


Teresa Eng, spread from China Dream, published by Skinnerboox. Winner of the 2019 Burtynsky Grant. Courtesy of the artist.

2020 Burtynsky Grant

Deadline: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT are requesting submissions for the 2020 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook.

This grant is intended for photo-based artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a cohesive, rigorous body of work presented in book form. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy and who have had little to no prior opportunity to self-publish or work with a publisher.

For submission details visit The winner and honourable mentions will be announced in June.

For questions about the programs, please email


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595
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Complete 2020 Festival programming will be announced April 1, 2020.

CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

CONTACT is generously supported by Scotia Wealth Management, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, BIG Digital, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art, and the Metropolitan.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, Pro Helvetica, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.