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.
Jessica Wilbanks was awarded honorable mention by the members of the Center for Documentary Studies Documentary Essay Prize selection committee for her beautifully crafted essay, “The Far Side of the Fire,” which explores widespread charges of witchcraft against Nigerian children and reflects on her own experiences growing up in the Pentecostal faith.
There were other 4 finalists for the 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing, selected from 42 entries:
Gaiutra Bahadur, “Into Dark Waters”
Benjamin Busch, “Unconscionable Maps”
Howard L. Craft, “Bull City Summer: Blue Monsters, Mattresses, and Durmites"
Tessa Fontaine, “A Mouth Full of Fire: Inside the Last American Sideshow”