Scotiabank and the National Gallery of Canada announce the three winners of the 2022 Next Generation Photography Prize


Each of the three winners will receive $10,000. Some of their work will be exhibited at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photo Festival in Torontostart May 1, 2022. A selection of their works will also be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in fall 2022. This exhibition is supported by the Scotiabank Photography Program of the NGC and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.

Andrea Kunard, Senior Curator, Photographs, at the National Gallery of Canada and president of the NGPA jury, curates the two exhibitions. The three artists will also be supervised by the NGC’s curatorial team.

The jury chaired by Andrea Kunard; and composed of Stephen Waddellartist and former winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2019), Dainesha Nugent-Palacheartist and former winner of the New Generation Photography Award (2021), and artist Isabelle Hayeurselected the winners from a long list that also included the following nine other lens-based artists:

  • Jorian Charlton
  • Matt Cavalier
  • Zainab Hussain
  • Tanea Hynes
  • Alvin Luong
  • Fariha Shah
  • Eve Tagny
  • Louis Villanueva
  • Shellie Zhang

Launched in 2017 by the NGC in partnership with Scotiabank to support the careers of talented Canadian artists aged 35 and under working behind the camera, the Next Generation Photography Award recognizes the outstanding photographic images of three artists.


“Congratulations to Séamus Gallagher, Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes and Clara Lacasse, winners of the 2022 Scotiabank Next Generation Photography Award. We look forward to bringing their work to the public at the Gallery this fall. For the past five years, we’ve partnered with Scotiabank on this award and program, and it’s gratifying to see the impact it’s having on from Canada emerging generation of lens-based artists.”
Dr Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada

“We congratulate the three winners of the 2022 Scotiabank Next Generation Photography Award and thank our dedicated partners for their continued support of emerging artists in this field. As we consider how art brings together shared realities and explores different perspectives, we are thrilled to be able to present it to Canadians at the National Gallery of Canada. Canada.”
Lisa TurcotteExecutive Director, National Gallery of Canada Foundation

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with the National Gallery of Canada and have been supporting this unique award since its launch in 2017. Since then, we have seen artists share and present deeply inspiring and creative works, not only on Canadian shores, but also abroad. Scotiabank is passionate about supporting the arts and we believe the Scotiabank Next Generation Photography Award provides a crucial and unique opportunity to help foster the successful careers of young artists. Congratulations to the 2022 winners Séamus, Marisa and Clara. We look forward to seeing your work at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa this autumn.”
Laura Curtis FerreraChief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank

“The 2022 winners of the New Generation Photography Award explore the many issues of contemporary representations of identity, culture and the environment. A common concern is the protean nature of the photographic image – its ability to reveal and conceal and to find disparate and sometimes contradictory applications. The works tease the boundaries of authenticity and artifice, desire and actuality, the natural and the constructed. The artists celebrate visual excess by questioning what that such abundance communicates. With great visual sophistication, thoughtfulness and curiosity, NGPA awardees probe common concerns and anxieties, ever mindful of their own role in complementing an already visually saturated culture.”—Andrea KunardSenior Curator, Photographs, at the NGC and President of the NGPA Jury, curates both exhibitions.

About the winners

Seamus Gallagher is a non-binary photo and new media artist currently based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). They graduated from NSCAD University with a double major in Photography and Extended Media (BFA 2019). Their work has been shown at festivals/exhibitions across CanadaAs good as inside Germany, England, Switzerland and Los Angeles. They are recipients of the 2017 AGO award | AIMIA Photography Scholarship, 2018 NSCAD Student Awards and 2019 BMO 1st Art! Awards. They were also recently shortlisted for the 2019 and 2021 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Awards. Since 2019, Gallagher has been working in partnership with the IOTA Institute.

Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes studied photography at Emily Carr University but often works with passion in sculpture and music. Winner of the 2017 Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Award, Holmes has a strong exhibition record, which includes solo, public and group exhibitions. Her practice is the product of careful examination and attention to how people create and share digital images. Her most recent works are photographs she has taken of objects in the style of second-hand sale/purchase superimposed with modified seating plans of concert halls and auditoriums in hong kong.

Clara Lacasse is inspired by the construction of stories linked to history, nature, science and the collective imagination. Through a work centered on the photographic image, she supports a critical reflection on the representations generated by visual culture and on the image as an instrument of knowledge and power. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in photography from Concordia University. In 2019, she participated in a research-creation residency at Fermont as part of the programming of the artist-run center PANACHE current art (Sept-Îles) and was the recipient of a development grant granted by VU, photography distribution and production center (Quebec).

About the National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada houses a rich international collection of contemporary Indigenous art, as well as significant collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14th to 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for over a century. Through the visual arts, the Gallery nurtures interconnection across time and space, and creates dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and enable new ways of seeing ourselves, each other and our diverse histories. . To find out more about the Gallery’s programming and activities to visit and follow Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and instagram. #Ankose #EverythingIsConnected #AmplifyVoices.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by its purpose: “for every future”, the bank helps its customers, their families and their communities succeed through a wide range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, banking and capital markets. With a team of approximately 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.2 trillion (as of January 31, 2022), Scotiabank is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNB). For more information, please visit and follow on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is committed to supporting the National Gallery of Canada Canada in the fulfillment of its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Museum with the additional financial support needed to lead from Canada local, national and international visual arts community. The mix of public support and private philanthropy enables the Museum to preserve and interpret from Canada visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred donations for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit and follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation.

SOURCE National Gallery of Canada

For further information: For media only: For more information, please contact: Josée-Britanie Mallet, Senior Media and Public Relations Officer, National Gallery of Canada, [email protected]; Denise Siele, Senior Manager, Communications, National Gallery of Canada, [email protected]


About Author

Comments are closed.