The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s most significant award for contemporary photography, recognizing photographers from around the world whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years.

Established in 2007, it was the first major art prize to allow the public to choose its winner. The Prize has a total annual value of $130,000, with $50,000 awarded to the winner, $5,000 awarded to each of the other short-listed artists, and $25,000 that supports a national scholarship program for students studying photography at select institutions across Canada. The remainder funds six-week residencies for all four short-listed artists in partnership with cultural institutions across Canada.

This year, the four finalists are Dave Jordana (Detroit, USA), Annette Kelm (Berlin, Germany), Owen Kydd (Canadian, now living in Los Angeles), and Hito Steyerl (Berlin, Germany). Check out this teaser of the exhibit below. Voting at the AGO kicked off last week; starting tomorrow, you can vote online. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2015. The winner will be announced at the AGO on Dec. 1, 2015.

Each year, advancements in technology significantly change the world of photography. How we use, value and adapt the photographic image into our daily life are questions constantly being asked. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important to examine these questions in a gallery setting, where we’re able to pause and reflect, and spend time thinking about the full implications and effects that a photograph can have, both for its subject and viewer. Why not have these thoughts and discussions while viewing images from some of the world’s most talented photographers? Make a plan to check out the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize at the AGO now.

Annette Kelm, Untitled


Owen Kydd, Knife, Sole, Scrubbers, Feathers


Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational


Dave Jordano, Southwest Riders Club, Southwest Side, Detroit