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 photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and have his or her work featured in Documenta quarterly newsmagazine published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as in a virtual gallery on the CDS website.

The winner of the 2013 prize, awarded in writing, is Rachel Andrews for her essay, “A New Wilderness at the Maze.” Two honorable mentions were also awarded, to Maggie Messitt and Leslie Starobin. Read more under Prizewinners.

Submissions for the CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography will be accepted from November 1, 2013, to March 1, 2014.
The winner will be publicly announced in June 2014.
Guidelines for the 2015 CDS Essay Prize in Writing will be posted in August 2014.
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Additional Information

By entering the CDS Documentary Essay Prize, you agree that the Center for Documentary Studies is permitted to receive your registration data. Participants agree that personal data including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the competition.

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize reserves the right to not consider entries that fail to meet the submission requirements listed under How to Enter.

Staff and faculty of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University are not eligible to enter the competition.

The $3,000 award will be reported to the winner on a 1099-Miscellaneous tax form. It is the responsibility of the winners to file their tax liability.

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