Edward Burtynsky establishes photography grant with Governor General's Award prize money

CBC News

Renowned Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky has decided to take his Governor General's Award prize money and give it all away.

Burtynsky was honoured by the Canada Council on Monday for his work promoting environmentalism through global industrial landscape photography — and now he wants to help others promote their own unique artistic visions.That's why he's turning the $25,000 financial portion of the award into an annual grant to help emerging Canadian photographers create and publish their first photography books. 

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