Honorable Mention / 2021 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

Who am I?

  • Photographer
    Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart
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I pose with a deconstructed computer monitor that comes from the era I was born in (the late 1990s).

Living under one of the longest COVID lockdown orders in the world, my personal and professional interactions have become increasingly reliant on technology. This photo reflects on how technology has increasingly become an extension of the self and how it shapes and influences personal identity.

Sage is a 26-year old fine art photographer living in Canada. Coming from a rural background, she moved to Toronto in 2018 where she began exhibiting her photographic works for the first time.

Sage works mostly in self-portraiture and is influenced by the plastic pollution and animals that are found in Toronto. Having endured insecure housing situations and periods of homelessness from 2017-2019, Sage was inspired to reflect on themes of ownership, responsibility, and public/private space through photography.

Sage graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2018.

Awards /2021
Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant

/ 2020
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Best of Photography & Digital Media
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Solo Featured Exhibition Selection
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, OneShot: Movement - Nature
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Advertising - Music
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention People - Self-Portrait

/ 2019
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, RMG Exposed Youth Award
BBA Gallery, BBA Photography Prize Shortlist
Eddie Adams Workshop, Assignment Award (1 of 4)
Magenta Foundation, Special Interest: Female-Identifying
Toronto Outdoor Art Festival, Jurors Pick
AIDS Committee of Toronto, SNAP Live Auction Selection
InFocus Photo, Nikon Award of Photographic Excellence
Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant

/ 2018
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Editorial-Environmental
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, People-Self-Portrait
Life Framer, 1st Prize "Face of the Earth" Exhibition Category
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Honourable Mention, Student
Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Fellowship
NYC4PA, 1st Prize "Urban Landscapes" Photo Exhibition Category
NYC4PA, 1st Prize "Rural Impressions" Photo Exhibition Category
Tanas Commun, Shortlisted for "Fur" Residency
PhotoEd Magazine, 1st Prize "PhotoEd Prairies" Competition
AIDS Committee of Toronto, SNAP Selection
Toronto Artist Project, UNTAPPED Emerging Artist Booth Recipient

R. Howard Webster Foundation, Adopt-a-Student Entrance Scholarship