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The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art. Offering $50,000 in awards, SSNAP is one of Canada’s largest celebrations of contemporary art. The prize is administered by the not-for-profit Salt Spring National Art Prize Society to recognize, showcase and advance the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists.

About the prize

As a past participating artist, I am grateful to SSNAP for the opportunity to show my art and meet fellow artists, art appreciators, and collectors alike. SSNAP showcases a current and representative slice of the Canadian fine art scene and it’s thrilling to see a distilled selection of Canadian talent in one place.

David Gluck

Still Water

When it was announced that I was a finalist for SSNAP, I was overwhelmed by the realization that what I had seen through the lens of my camera when I came across, and consequently took my photograph ‘Canadian Farmhouse’, had been seen and understood through their eyes. When I deposited my winning cheque—my reward for Outstanding Work by a Salt Spring Artist—the teller drew a 1st place ribbon on my receipt. SSNAP is unlike other competitions. And it starts here.

Connie Kuhns

Canadian Farmhouse

Thrilled that I was one of the SSNAP finalists in 2021 with my photograph Venetian Laundry Day. It was an amazing experience to exhibit alongside so many talented artists. I’m grateful for all the support of the volunteers and SSNAP organization. I will be submitting again in 2023!

Monique Campbell

Venetian Laundry Day


In order to further the appreciation and reach of contemporary Canadian art, SSNAP is intended to be as widely accessible as possible. Artists wishing to learn more about submissions can find further information here.

Learn about submissions


The Salt Spring National Art Prize is managed by the SSNAP Society, a registered charity based on Salt Spring Island, BC, the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples. Since its inception in 2015, the society has sought to advance, recognize, and nurture artistic creativity and originality in Canadian visual arts.

Meet the society

Art Show

The Parallel Art Show (PAS) is a juried art competition held concurrently with SSNAP that celebrates the outstanding work of artists who reside in British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands.

Discover PAS


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    The Salt Spring National Art Prize Society is a not-for-profit organization relying on the generous support of corporate sponsors, community donors, and volunteers.