Project X, Photography Fund

Applications for 2019 Awards are now Closed.

New deadline will be announced this fall

The Ottawa Arts Council and the former Festival X partnered to establish Project X, Photography Fund to promote and foster photographic excellence in Ottawa. This award provides $1000 to help produce an Ottawa-area artist’s photo-based project and its presentation. Inaugurated in 2015, Project X, Photography Fund is a limited fund. The 2019 award is sponsored by the Ottawa Art Society to further raise the profile of photography in Ottawa and to extend the longevity of the fund.

This award can help defray the costs associated in any part of the production including: studio time, travel costs, hired assistance, equipment rental or any other production costs.

New this year

The award recipient will also present an exhibition at the Ottawa Arts Council and host an artist talk for the community, receiving appropriate presentation fees for these beyond the award prize.

"Pippa, Long Exposure on Polaroid 01" by Gary FranksGary Franks

2019 Project X, Photography Fund Recipient

Paralanguage is a print exhibition of long-exposure Polaroid portraits, capturing and celebrating the transitory voices that make up Ottawa’s vibrant arts communities. The project seeks to present small, oft-forgotten moments of community and creation in a growing, changing city. Each choice is designed to thematically represent the transitory nature of the subjects - in their actions and how they are remembered in the creative communities they have helped develop.

More past recipients

How to Apply

An individual may apply for the award by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents. The completed package should be submitted to via, before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Have lived National Capital Region (defined as 75 km from Parliament Hill) for the previous two years.
  • Have received public exposure where selection was carried out by an objective arm’s length body.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Not currently be enrolled in full-time training.

The proposal must:

  • Be photography based.
  • Provide a concept for the presentation of the project at the Ottawa Arts Council
  • Apply to the research, development, creation, or presentation phases of the project.
  • Not be completed prior to receiving the funds.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The value and merit of the proposed project.
  • Expressed need and impact of the funds on the project.
  • The feasibility of the project.
  • Suitability and ambition of the presentation.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applications: February 24, 2019 
  • Awards Presentation: To Be Announced, May 2019

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand your project and your artistic practice.

Your Applications and Support Documents must be submitted via to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application:

  • Project Outline
    A text of up to 2 pages describing your project and how it would be presented.
  • Artist’s CV
    A CV of up to two pages maximum that demonstrates your achievements as an artist, your participation in art projects (such as exhibitions, performances, recordings, published works, etc.), and your formal and informal training.
  • Artist Statement
    A text of up to 2 pages that explains your art practice to the jury (formed of experts in a variety of art disciplines).
  • Support Materials
    Include up to 10 pieces of support material that is appropriate to your artistic practice and strengthens your application. Be sure to fill out the Support Materials List for any materials included in the application. Your support materials can include any combination of the following up to a total of 10 pieces:
    • Images
      Up to 10 JPGs, at least 1920x1080 px, no more than 5 MB per file. 
    • Video
      Up to 3 files (or links), 3 minutes each or a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.

Download the Application Form

Please use Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF form

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