Winners of the Alumia Prize for Photography and Design announced

Winners of the Alumia Prize for Photography and Design were recently named. Each winner produced extraordinary photographs that capture the unique qualities of aluminum in architecture and industrial design.

The $5,000 first prize was awarded to Xavier Proulx who chose as his subject the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. Four second-prize winners each received $1,000: Yien Chao won for photographs of Théâtre de Quat’Sous; Alexandre Guérin  photographed the water filtration plant in Lévis; Olivier Blouin chose Westmount Square as his subject; and Amanda Wormsbecker portrayed the essence of aluminum in photographs of the Georges-Émile-Lapalme Cultural Space at Place des Arts. Honorable Mention awards of $500 went to: Stéphanie Vermeersch for her photographs of the Édifice Normand-Maurice; Hugues Rivest for his portrayal of Place Ville-Marie; Étienne Bourque-Viens for images of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Noémie Latour for the Moulin de la Chevrotière Bridge and Julie Charette for photographs of outdoor lighting fixture, Luminaires Leonis.

Commenting of the final submissions, jury member Ian Chodikoff, editor of Canadian Architect, noted that “This inaugural photography competition revealed the value and significance of an extremely adaptable and versatile building element – aluminum. The photographs exhibited a rigorous approach in expressing the themes present in the architecture of the projects, while extolling the more poetic aspects of aluminum.”

The Alumia Prize for Photography and Design is an initiative of the Aluminum Association of Canada which represents the three largest producers of aluminum in Canada: Alcoa, Aluminerie Alouette and Rio Tinto Alcan.

Jean Simard, president of the AAC, explains, “We created the competition to give university and CEGEP students as well as recent graduate, a tangible incentive to stretch the limits of their photographic talent.  Their challenge was to capture the essence of aluminum in architecture and design. Now that the first edition of the competition has culminated with the selection and announcement of the winners, I can say that everyone involved was truly astounded by the depth and breadth of talent among students all across Quebec.”

The jury of the Alumia 2012 Prize for Photography and Design was comprised of: Ian Chodikoff, Editor of Canadian Architect; Anne Cormier, Director of the School of Architecture, Université de Montréal; Louise Désy, Curator of Photographs, Canadian Centre for Architecture; Jacques Doyon, Editor of Ciel Variable; Gilles Saucier, Saucier + Perrotte Architects; Jean Simard, President and CEO, AAC; and photographer Gabor Szilasi.

According to Helen Malkin, Director of the Alumia Prize for Photography and Design, “Clearly, the volume of entrants and the quality of submissions bodes well for the continuation of the Alumia Prize in years to come.” To view all of the winning photographs, please visit An exhibition and publication of the works will soon follow.