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New Generation Photography Award recognizes infinite potential of three young photographers

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The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada will present their work in a special exhibition

TORONTOMarch 13, 2018  – Today, Scotiabank awarded the inaugural New Generation Photography Award, in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli(Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13, to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD’s Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank’s history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift’s continued legacy.

OCAD University will be hosting a New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk with the three inaugural recipients. For event details, visit

2018 New Generation Photography Award Selection Process:

  • To be eligible for the New Generation Photography Award, recipients must be exhibited artists working in lens-based art, aged 30 and under, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • The three recipients of the 2018 New Generation Photography Award were selected from the longlist by the award’s jury, consisting of Canadian and international photography experts, artists, and leaders in the community.
  • The award longlist was announced in February 2018. It included 24 young Canadian lens-based artists selected by the New Generation Photography Award Nomination Committee, a panel of 15 nominators who represent members of the arts community, including photography experts from arts universities and colleges across Canada.

2018 New Generation Photography Award Recipient Bios:

Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada.

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli’s work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in CanadaIceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Recipient Assets (Bios, Artwork, Headshots):


“On behalf of Scotiabank, I am delighted to congratulate Elisa Julia GilmourMeryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli, on being named the recipients of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. At Scotiabank, we are deeply passionate about supporting the arts in Canada and nurturing the infinite potential of our country’s young visionaries. These three inspiring artists offer unique insight into how young Canadians perceive the world, and we look forward to seeing the story their group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival will tell.”

–        John Doig, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank.

“I am thrilled, on behalf of the Canadian Photography Institute, to congratulate the three young recipients of the 2018 New Generation Photography Award. We look forward to working closely with Elisa, Meryl, and Deanna on their exhibition at the PhotoLab of the National Gallery of Canada. The imaginations of each of these young artists are very different, yet interact wonderfully. This delightful diversity is fully representative of the new generation to which we offer our encouragement.”

–       Luce Lebart, Director of Canadian Photography Institute

Scotiabank believes the arts make Canadians richer. The New Generation Photography Award is one of the many ways Scotiabank acknowledges the importance of photography in Canada. Scotiabank is the title sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world. In 2010, Scotiabank co-created the Scotiabank Photography Award with Edward Burtynsky, the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography, designed to elevate the careers of established artists. The New Generation Photography Award is furthering Scotiabank’s commitment to the arts and to young people in Canada.

For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit:

About Scotiabank:
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North AmericaLatin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

About the Canadian Photography Institute:
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography.

The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict – the Gallery’s partner, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: and follow CPI @canadianphotoinstitute.

About the National Gallery of Canada:
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit

For media enquiries: Nora Hickey (Edelman Public Relations): [email protected] | 416-850-0679; Erin Truax (Global Communications, Scotiabank): [email protected] | 416-578-9659; Josée-Britanie Mallet (National Gallery of Canada): [email protected] | 613-990-6835


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