New Generation Photography Award

The New Generation Photography Award recognizes the practices of some of Canada’s most promising lens-based artists.

This year’s exhibition showcases thought-provoking works by Séamus Gallagher, Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes and Clara Lacasse.

The 2022 Winners of the New Generation Photography Award explore the many challenges in contemporary representations of identity, culture and the environment. A common preoccupation is the protean nature of the photographic image: its capacity to reveal and conceal and to find disparate sometimes contradictory applications. Works tease at the boundaries of authenticity and artifice, desire and actuality, the natural and constructed. Artists celebrate visual excess with an eye to questioning what such abundance communicates. With great visual sophistication, thoughtfulness and curiosity, the NGPA winners probe shared concerns and anxieties, always mindful of their own role in supplementing an already visually saturated culture.

Supported by the Scotiabank Photography Program at the National Gallery of Canada.


Friday, August 12, 2022 Sunday, December 18, 2022


National Gallery of Canada Gallery C218
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

National Gallery of Canada

2022 NGPA winners take you on a tour of their work in the New Generation Photography Award Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.

New Generation Photography Award – Séamus Gallagher

New Generation Photography Award - Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes

New Generation Photography Award – Clara Lacasse





Séamus Gallagher

Photo: courtesy the artist

Séamus Gallagher

Séamus Gallagher is a non-binary photo and new media artist currently based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). They graduated from NSCAD University with a double major in Photography and Expanded Media (BFA 2019). Their work has shown in festivals/exhibitions across Canada, as well as in Germany, England, Switzerland and Los Angeles. They are the recipient of the 2017 AGO | AIMIA Photography Scholarship, the 2018 NSCAD Student Awards, and the 2019 BMO 1st Art! Awards. They were also recently longlisted for the 2019 and 2021 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Awards. Since 2019, Gallagher has worked in partnership with IOTA Institute.


Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes

Photo: Ali Bosley

Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes​

Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes studied photography at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. A lens-based artist, she also works fondly with sculpture and music. Winner of the 2017 Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, Holmes has a solid exhibition record, which includes solo, public and group exhibitions. Her practice is the product of looking closely at, and being attentive to, the ways in which people create and share digital images. Her most recent works are photographs she has taken of objects in the style of second-hand selling/shopping overlaid with altered seating plans of concert halls and auditoriums in Hong Kong.


Clara Lacasse

Photo: Manolis Daris

Clara Lacasse​

Clara Lacasse of Montreal, Quebec is inspired by the construction of narratives related to history, nature, science and the collective imagination. Through a practice focused on the photographic image, she supports a critical reflection on the representations generated by visual culture and on the image as an instrument of knowledge and power. She holds a BFA with a major in photography from Concordia University. In 2019, she participated in a research-creation residency in Fermont as part of the programming of the artist-run centre PANACHE art actuel (Sept-Îles) and was the recipient of a development grant awarded by VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie (Québec).


Supported by

Scotiabank Photography Program