Documentary Essay Prize

Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for “House of Charm” Photo Essay

Jessica Eve Rattner Wins CDS Prize for "House of Charm" Photo Essay

“I have long been interested in our culture’s ideas of beauty, happiness, and mental health—especially as they relate to women. Who decides who is ‘crazy’ and who is ‘sane’?”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Jessica Eve Rattner For ten years, American photographer Jessica Eve Rattner has been creating an ongoing portrait of Lee, Rattner’s eighty-year-old neighbor in […]


Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Abbie Gascho Landis Awarded 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

By now I have become a freshwater mussel groupie. I fawn over photographs. . . . I stalk them from a distance, writing their names in my notebooks: fatmucket, pistolgrip, heelsplitter, shinyrayed pocketbook, spectaclecase, pigtoe, snufflebox. I pore over their bios. Posters of mussels hang in our bedroom. —Abbie Gascho Landis, from her prizewinning essay […]


Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

Deadline Extended to March 2 for CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing

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 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize will be for documentary writing. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 […]


Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode’s Prizewinning Essay

Latvian Photographer Iveta Vaivode's Prizewinning Essay

“The ambivalence of photographs, their possibilities and limitations, suggest that we should not trust images as records of our lives and histories.”—CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Iveta Vaivode In her photo essay “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” Iveta Vaivode seeks to create a new family album, one full of images of imagined memories. The compelling, unique […]


CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland’s Maze Prison, April 16

CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland's Maze Prison,  April 16

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. On April 16, the Center for Documentary Studies will host the winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, for a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay,”A New Wilderness […]


Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

Deadline Extended for 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography: March 1

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors 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 2014 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 […]


Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

Irish Writer Rachel Andrews Wins Inaugural CDS Documentary Essay Prize Competition

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The 2013 inaugural prize competition was awarded in writing and went to Cork City, Ireland–based writer and cultural critic Rachel Andrews for her essay “A New Wilderness at the Maze,” in which she explores the meaning of the demolition […]


This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

This Year, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize Honors Nonfiction: Deadline Extended to February 15

The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The first prize competition will be for writing; submissions will be accepted starting November 1, 2012 through February 15, 2013. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to […]