Photographers compete for coveted Grange Prize

Finalists hail from Montreal, Toronto, and the UK.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

One of the most highly-regarded photography awards in the world, the Grange Prize, which looks at contemporary international works and is sponsored by the Art Gallery of Ontario, offers up a $50,000 pay-out and is being vied for by two very distinguished Canadian artists who have already received a number of accolades.

The two Canadian photographers are up against two photographers from the UK. Montreal native Emmanuelle Léonard and Toronto's own Annie MacDonell are going head-to-head against Jo Longhurst of Essex (UK) and Jason Evans of Holyhead (Wales).

Léonard's work looks at social, cultural and political forces, and she experiments with the mediums of photography, animation, video, and film. She received the Pierre-Ayot Award, presented by the city of Montréal for excellence in visual arts, a number of years ago, and she told CBC News that she likes to explore the relationships between pictures and the justice system.

Meanwhile, MacDonell employs photography, film, sculpture, installation, and other media, and her work begins from the position that, in the twenty-first century, images are exhausted and their use must always be accompanied by a critical stance towards representation and presentation, production and reproduction. She is an instructor at Ryerson University.

The winner of The Grange Prize is chosen by the public through online voting, and a winner will be announced on November 1st. Visit The Grange Prize website to learn more about the artists, see portfolios of their work, and cast your own vote.

Photo: The Grange Prize