Deadline Extended to February 23rd: 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography

Center for Documentary Studies
Call for Entries: 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography
Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Extended to: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Submission Fee: $35

“The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.

The upcoming prize competition will be for photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and will have his or her work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as on the Center’s website. The winner’s work will also be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

The 2014 prize, for photography, was given to Iveta Vaivode for “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” in which she explores the rural landscape and, perhaps, the last inhabitants, of Pilcene, Latvia, to create a new family album, one full of images of memories she’s imagined.

Submission Guidelines
You will be asked to provide the following:

  • 15 film or digital photographs in original format (for example, 35mm, 4×5, or 8×10.)
    Please label scans with title, year, and format.

AND

  • 1-page statement in pdf format
    Please provide context for the photographic essay you are submitting, including the duration of your project and whether it is completed or ongoing. Describe your intentions for the work. Also, if some of your images have been published together in essay form, please include information about where and when they appeared, and how the essay as submitted for the competition is different (or not).
  • 1-page biography or C.V. in pdf format
  • $35 entry fee

Applicants upload work and submit payment online to http://dukearts.slideroom.com from November 2, 2015, to February 16, 2016. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email.

For the full prospectus, previous award recipients, and FAQs visit: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/cds-documentary-essay-prize.

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