2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now February 23

Photograph from 2014 prizewinner Iveta Vaivode's project "Somewhere On A Disappearing Path"

Photograph from 2014 prizewinner Iveta Vaivode’s project “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path”

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize is awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies to honor the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project.

The 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and have his or her work featured in Documentthe CDS quarterly newsmagazine, as well as in a virtual gallery on the CDS website. The winner’s work will also be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Submissions for the 2016 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography will be accepted from November 2, 2015, to February 16, 2016.  The submission deadline has been extended to February 23, 2016. For guidelines, see How to Enter and FAQs.

The inaugural 2013 prize, for writing, was awarded to Irish writer Rachel Andrews for “A New Wilderness at the Maze,” her essay on the meaning of the demolition of Ireland’s infamous Maze prison.

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.

The winner will be announced publicly in June 2016.

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