Canadian photographer Stephen Waddell has won the $50,000 Scotiabank Photography award for 2019.
Along with the cash, the prize comes with a solo primary exhibition during the 2020 CONTACT photography festival, as well as a book of his work being produced and published internationally.
“Stephen’s refined photographic explorations evoke his keen awareness about the poetics of space and the history of painting, while also walking the line between documentary and intimately personal visualizations,” said jury chair Edward Burtynsky, who helped found the award in 2010.
The award is intended to honour an established artist in mid or later career, with the aim of accelerating their career to further national and international recognition. The award is peer-nominated and peer-reviewed.
Other finalists for this year’s prize were Shannon Bool and Althea Thauberger, who will each receive cash prizes of $10,000.
The work of last year’s winner, Moyra Davey, is on exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre from May 1 to August 4, and is open to the public free of charge.
Previous winners include photographers Shelley Niro, Mark Ruwedel, Stan Douglas and the prize’s first winner, in 2011, Lynne Cohen.
Deborah Dundas is the Star’s Books editor. She is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: debdundas