Ken Lum wins the 13th annual Scotiabank Photography Award

TORONTO, May 4, 2023 /CNW/ - Ken Lum of Vancouver, British Columbia is the winner of the 13th annual Scotiabank Photography Award.

Ken Lum - Photo Credit: Ken Lum (CNW Group/Scotiabank)

As winner of the prestigious Award, Lum will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition during the 2024 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a published book of his work distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Steidl.

"Congratulations to Ken Lum, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, whose art and works have inspired a global audience, from permanent public art installations to his prolific writings on art, history, and life," says Laura Curtis Ferrera, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank. "At Scotiabank, we believe the arts have the power to impact our communities and our society in positive ways, and we are very proud to celebrate the careers of some of Canada's most esteemed artists through the Scotiabank Photography Award." 

Read more about Ken Lum's history and the inspiration behind his work here.

The Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes the achievements of established mid-to-late career artists, by engaging Canadians and raising awareness through photographic art of the issues and forces of our time. It was co-founded by Scotiabank and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky with a goal of recognizing and accelerating artists' careers as they reach the next level of national and international recognition.

"I am so pleased to recognize this year's Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Ken Lum," says Edward Burtynsky, co-founder of the Scotiabank Photography Award and jury chair. "Lum's vast range of work marks an important contribution to Canadian art and specifically, the ways in which he has been prescient in creating artworks that examine the complex relationships between text and image. Congratulations Ken on this well-deserved honour."

Sandra Brewster of Toronto, Ontario and Chris Currieri of Toronto, Ontario, were also finalists for the 2023 Award and will each receive cash prizes of $10,000. The 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award Nominees represent the result of an annual Canada-wide search for excellence. The Scotiabank Photography Award is peer-reviewed at every stage of the nomination and adjudication process and nominees must meet eligibility criteria.

The 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award jury includes:

  • Edward Burtynsky, Artist, Jury Chair
  • Stéphane Aquin, Director, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Dr. Kenneth Montague, Art Collector & Curator
  • Gaëlle Morel, Exhibition Curator at the Toronto Image Centre (TIC)

For more information about the Scotiabank Photography Award, please visit

Jin-me Yoon, winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Photography Award,  has a solo Primary Exhibition at the Toronto Image Centre which will be on view from April 29th to August 5th, 2023.

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