2019 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography


Monday, 16 September 2019

Opening date
1 December 2019

Closing date
1 March 2020

Who may enter 
The competition is open to anyone.

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize is an annual competition run by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in short-form 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.

This year's prize is for the best in short-form documentary photography. The photographic essay can be on any subject.

You will be asked to provide the following:
• 15 photographs
• 1-page statement (context for the photographic essay you are submitting, including the duration of your project and whether it is completed or ongoing; describe your intentions for the work)
• 1-page biography or C.V.

Click here to see past winners.

Entry fee
The entry fee is $40.

The winner receives $3,000 and features in Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications. 

Competition website
For further information visit https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/documentary-essay-prize