Professor Dana Claxton Awarded 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award

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Dana Claxton, current AHVA Associate Professor and Department Head, has won the 10th annual Scotiabank Photography Award. She will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition during the 2021 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of her work will be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Steidl.

The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award that acknowledges the outstanding contribution that artists have made to contemporary art and photography. Claxton was selected from 10 other nominees by a jury of Canadian curators.

“We’re incredibly proud to recognize Dana Claxton as the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award winner. Her work is powerful, honest and evocative, and she approaches it with an innovative aesthetic that lends itself brilliantly to every medium she practices in – photography, in particular,” says Edward Burtynsky, co-founder of the Scotiabank Photography Award and Chair of the jury.

“I am grateful and delighted that corporations in Canada support Canadian artists. Art can change the way we are in the world. I will make art and collect art with this prize,” says Claxton.

For more information about the Scotiabank Photography Award, please visit the website at

This is Claxton’s latest major award win, in addition to winning the 2020 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and 2019 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award.