BURSARIES AND AWARDS

SPAO is pleased to offer three bursaries, two available to our full-time students, one available to students and the general public.

THE LUNA BURSARY

The LUNA bursary is given out annually to a student who, during their first year at SPAO, as well as in their application to the bursary, demonstrates drive and a direction for their work going forward. Financial need may play a role in awarding this bursary. This student must be proceeding from first year into second year.

The value of this bursary is $1,500. 

Applicants to the LUNA bursary will submit:

  • Artist bio, maximum 100 words

  • Artist CV, maximum 1 page

  • A text describing your proposed project for second year, maximum 250 words.

  • 5-10 images that reflect your artistic practice and strengthen your application. (minimum 5 images, maximum 10 images, sized at 20 inches on the shortest edge at 72 DPI).

  • Images should be accompanied by an image list saved in PDF format; provide the image number, title, and medium. Use this document to clarify image details.

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The Sphinx bursary

The SPHINX bursary is given out annually to a student who is graduating from the SPAO Diploma Program and has committed to entering the Artist Residency beginning in the fall of the same year, the winter of the following year, or the summer of the following year. In rare circumstances, the SPHINX bursary may be given to a first year entering second year (e.g. if there are no applicants to the Artist Residency). Please note that applicants for the SPHINX bursary must complete the artist-in-residence form before they can be considered for the Sphinx bursary.

The value of this bursary is $1,500. 

Applicants to the SPHINX bursary will submit:

  • Artist bio, maximum 100 words

  • Artist CV, maximum 1 page

  • A text describing your proposed project for the Residency, maximum 250 words.

  • 5-10 images that reflect your artistic practice and strengthen your application. (minimum 5 images, maximum 10 images, sized at 20 inches on the shortest edge at 72 DPI).

  • Images should be accompanied by an image list saved in PDF format; provide the image number, title, and medium. Use this document to clarify image details.

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The jason michaels memorial bursary

Jason Michaels was a graduate of SPAO who passed away in 2016. Jason was an expert craftsman in the darkroom who created incredible silver gelatin prints in the SPAO darkroom; his second year project consisted of stunningly beautiful classical nudes. Jason had always expressed an interest in completing the SPAO Artist Residency.

The Jason Michaels Memorial bursary, given at maximum once a year, will go towards supporting one artist per year who intends to complete SPAO’s Artist Residency. This bursary will provide artists with the ability to participate in the SPAO community and develop their artistic careers.

Any application to the SPAO Artist Residency, in which the applicant expresses financial need, will automatically be considered for the Jason Michaels Memorial Bursary. You do not need to be a graduate of SPAO to be considered for this bursary. The value of this bursary is based on merit and need. The Jason Michaels Memorial bursary is awarded at our annual Artists-in-Residence exhibition or event in September.

Any donations made by clicking the link below will go towards the Jason Michaels Memorial Bursary.


photograph by Joseph Jeremie Roy

photograph by Joseph Jeremie Roy

Every year, there are a series of awards given to students at the end-of-year ceremony. There are no applications for these awards. These are awarded by SPAO staff or judges selected by SPAO. 

Second Year: 

Award of Visual Merit - In recognition of outstanding achievement in Exhibition Production
Award of Visual Merit - In recognition of outstanding achievement in Portfolio Production
Alumni Award - For integrity of vision from first year to second year
Marc Guertin Craftsmanship Award - For dedication and commitment to the photographic craft


First Year:
Award of Visual Merit - In recognition of outstanding achievement in Exhibition Production
Award of Visual Merit - In recognition of outstanding achievement in Portfolio Production


Any Year:
Directors Award - For community spirit and volunteerism
Lux Award - In recognition of outstanding achievement in lighting
Silver Award - Award for best use of film
Albino Pescatore Book Art Award - In recognition of book design and thought-provoking content