2017 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography Deadline Now March 1

From the 2008 series “Deconstructing the Maze,” a collaborative art project for which 2013 CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews contributed writing. Photograph by Dara McGrath.

Photograph by Dara McGrath © 2008, from “Deconstructing the Maze,” a collaborative art project with 2013 CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews

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 writing. The winner of the competition receives $3,000 and feature stories in Center for Documentary Studies’ print and digital publications. The winner’s work is also placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

The 2016 prize, for photography, was given to Jessica Eve Rattner for “House of Charm,” a ten-year portrait of Lee, Rattner’s eighty-year-old neighbor in Berkeley, California. The essay explores, with delicacy and respect, Lee’s story of aging alone and questions cultural ideas around beauty, happiness, and mental health.

The 2015 prize, for writing, was awarded to Abbie Gascho Landis, a writer and veterinarian in Cobleskill, New York. In her essay, “Immersion,” Landis weaves personal experience into her investigation of native mussels and their freshwater habitats as one way of looking at water issues in the Deep South and elsewhere in the United States.

Submissions for the 2017 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing will be accepted from November 1, 2016, to February 15, 2017. The submission deadline has been extended to March 1, 2017. For submission guidelines, see How to Enter and FAQs.

The winner will be publicly announced in June 2017.

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