Deadline for the 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography Extended to September 22: Watch Video

From “Iraq | Perspectives.” Photograph by Benjamin Lowy, winner of the 2010 First Book Prize in Photography.

Submissions will be accepted for the sixth biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography June 15, 2012, through September 22, 2012.* The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and the Honickman Foundation co-sponsor this prestigious prize, the only one of its kind. The competition is open to American and Canadian citizens (and residents of the U.S. and Canada for at least fifteen years) of any age who have never published a book-length work of their photographs. The prize honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.

Final judges for the First Book Prize in Photography are among the most significant and innovative artists, curators, and writers in contemporary photography—past judges include Robert Adams, Maria Morris Hambourg, Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, and William Eggleston (who chose Benjamin Lowy for the 2010 prize; Lowy’s book, Iraq | Perspectives, was published by the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke University Press in November 2011). The judge for the 2012 competition is Deborah Willis.

Winners receive a grant of $3,000, publication of a book of photography, and inclusion in a website devoted to presenting the work of the prizewinners. The winner will also be given a solo exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies and the photographs will then be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library.

For more information, including application guidelines and FAQ’s, visit
*There is a grace period through midnight, September 25, for applicants who have started their submission before the September 22 deadline.


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