The Grange Prize

Focus on contemporary international photography

An Aeroplan and Art Gallery of Ontario Partnership

Art Gallery of Ontario Aeroplan

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We may have the answer!

Can I see the artists’ work in person?
Yes! The AGO will host The Grange Prize Exhibition 2012 from September 5, 2012 to January 6, 2013. After viewing the exhibition, you can cast your vote right there on-site or head home and think about your choice before voting online at

How do I vote?
Voting for The Grange Prize 2012 begins online and in person at the AGO August 22 at 10 am and closes Tuesday, October 30 at 11:59 pm. To vote, click here. You can also send this link to your friends to encourage them to check out the artists and cast their vote.

Is the winner really decided by the public?
Absolutely. The nominating jury selects the shortlist, and the public chooses the winner. All of the in-person and online votes are carefully tallied throughout the voting period and are the only determining factor in deciding the winner.

When is the winner announced?
This year, the winner will be announced at a public party at the AGO on November 1, 2012 and will be announced on our social media channels as soon as the envelope is opened!

I’m a photographer. How do I apply to be nominated for The Grange Prize?
First things first: Thank you for your interest! However, The Grange Prize does not accept any formal submissions from artists or dealers. Each year, the nominating jury – comprised of four curatorial and scholarly experts – reviews the work of hundreds of artists from Canada and the international partner country, making the carefully considered (and very difficult) decision about the final shortlist. We trust their expertise. We’re confident that, by generating informed discussion about contemporary photography, The Grange Prize benefits everybody working in the field.

How is the shortlist for The Grange Prize selected?
Each year, an AGO curator is appointed lead curator for The Grange Prize. In partnership with a representative from the partner country, a nominating jury of four is selected. Jury members can be curators, academics, writers, artists, or collectors – the chief criterion is a noted expertise in contemporary photography. The jury then meets to discuss options for the shortlist, and each juror brings several potential nominees to the group for consideration. The shortlist is finalized when the jury unanimously agrees on four photographic artists – two from Canada and two from the partner country. More information on each member of the 2012 Nominating Jury can be found here.

How are the partner countries determined?
Each year, Aeroplan and the AGO look for a partner country with a vibrant photographic community, and a partner institution that is recognized as an international leader in the field of contemporary photography. The partners are chosen according to the Prize’s core goals: to recognize the best in Canadian and international photography, to create a vibrant international discussion about contemporary photography, and to increase the international profile of photographic artists.

Who were the partners from previous years?
In 2008, the partner country was China. Following its inaugural year, in 2009 and 2010 the AGO connected with partner institutions within the partner country. In 2009, when Mexico was the partner country, the partner institution was Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. The 2010 partner country was the USA, and the partner institution was the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago (MoCP). In 2011, the partner country was India. This year, it’s the United Kingdom.

I have a question for one of the artists. How can I contact him or her?
While we cannot facilitate direct contact between the shortlisted artists and members of the public, we encourage you to check out the artist videos to hear from them directly, and to post any responses and questions to The Grange Prize blog, which we regularly monitor and update to keep the conversation thriving.

My question isn’t answered here. Can I contact you directly?
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