The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University has extended the deadline for its $3,000 Documentary Essay Prize to February 23, 2016. The prize honors a documentary photography project that is ongoing or that has been completed in the past two years. The three-year old award alternates year to year in honoring writing and photography. The previous winner for photography was Latvian photographer Iveta Vaivode, for her series “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” which reimagined the photographer’s family album. There is a $35 entry fee.
CDS is also accepting applications for the $10,000 Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. Named in recognition of the collaboration between Lange, a photographer, and Taylor, a writer, the prize recognizes the work of documentary artists pursuing projects that feature an interplay of words and pictures. Recent winners include Michel Huneault, Jon Lowenstein, Jen Kinney, Sarah Dohrman and Tiana Markova-Gold, and Teru Kuwayama and Christian Parenti. Any artist, or team of artists, pursuing a project that combines words and images can apply for the prize. There are no nationality restrictions. The entry fee is $65, and applications are being accepted through May 9, 2016.
Photographers living and working in the Arab region can apply for one of 12, $5,000 grants being awarded by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in partnership with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and the Magnum Foundation. Photographers awarded the AFAC’s Arab Documentary Photo Program grants are expected to complete projects within eight months, and they are required to attend two workshops. There is no fee to enter, and applications are due by April 1, 2016.
The UK-based Royal Photographic Society, in partnership with The Guardian, is currently seeking entries for the £2000 ($2900) Joan Wakelin Bursary, which supports a “photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue.” The bursary, named for Wakelin, a deceased Honorary Fellow of the society, is open to photographers of any nationality and there are no application fees. Shortlisted photographers, however, are required to interview at The Guardian’s offices in London in July. Applications are due May 20, 2016.
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