How to Enter

To enter the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, applicants upload work and submit payment online to from February 15 to May 15, 2021 May 24, 2021Deadline extended! Entries must be submitted before midnight (EST) on May 24. (See note on multiple entries under FAQ’s.)

The winner will be announced to the public in October 2021.

The online system, Slideroom, provides a guide for how to register and submit your scans, documents, and payment. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email.

Applicants may submit a portfolio of any combination of the below, for a maximum of 20 uploads:

The submission guidelines are designed to accommodate a wide variety of projects. Please submit materials from your ongoing project in all of the forms that the work encompasses (e.g., if your project will include photographs, text, and video you should include a sample of each) in the manner indicated below.

  • Up to 19 images (photographs/graphics + text) in digital format from an ongoing project (jpg/pdf). Please label images with captions, to include title, year, format, and any additional information you would like to include. Please note, captions (even extended ones) will not be considered as the textual component of your project.


  • Up to 15-pages of double-spaced writing (edited oral history, descriptive narrative, poetry) from an ongoing project in pdf format. Please include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.

Note: In the case of a combined pdf of writing and photographs, the document should include no more than 19 images and no more than the equivalent of 15 pages of double-spaced writing.


  • Up to 10 minutes total of time-based media (whether audio, narrated slide show, video) (mp3/mp4/mov) from an ongoing project. Please label uploads with title, year, format. SlideRoom can also accept links to YouTube/Vimeo.

Note: Digital materials (CDs or DVDs) and analog formats (VHS, 16mm, etc.) may be accepted by mail if necessary. Please send a request to Brittany Barbee at before sending.


Applicants must submit:

  • 1-page project description (pdf).

    Please provide context for the material you are submitting—the nature and duration of the project to date; where and when the submitted work was made; and your relationship to the community/subject you are documenting: how have you thought about issues like access, reciprocity, and participation in making your work?

    Please also share your plan for the next stages of the project. How will winning the Lange-Taylor Prize further your work?<

    If you are sending in work from a project previously submitted to the Lange-Taylor Prize, please include information about how your project has developed since you last entered, and in what ways the samples have been revised/refined.

    If you are submitting work that has been previously published, please include information about where and when it appeared and how the material as submitted for this competition is different (or not).

    Note: Applicants may include URLs where additional related work may be viewed.

  • 1-page statement (pdf) that addresses the use and relationship of words and images in your work. If your project combines audio recordings, text, photographs, and video, for instance, please submit a sample of each and address how these elements “rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation” of your work. How is this interplay advantageous in fulfilling the goals of your documentary project?
  • 1-page biography or C.V. for each project partner (pdf)
  • $60 entry fee


The Lange-Taylor Prize is open to documentary artists of any age and nationality who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. Single artists as well as collaborative teams are eligible.


Submissions for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize will be accepted from February 15 to May 15, 2021 May 24, 2021 Entries must be submitted no later than midnight (EST) on May 24. (See note on multiple entries under FAQ’s.) 

The winner will be announced to the public in October 2021. 

Additional Information

By entering the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor 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 Lange-Taylor 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 $10,000 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.