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Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Photography Prize, Duke University

Publish Date: Feb 16, 2016

Deadline: May 09, 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies continues to make awards for documentary still photography.

The Lange-Taylor Prize is intended for the advancement of an ongoing project that fully exploits, in the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor’s important work, the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject. The focus is on the strength, breadth, and nuance of the work as an extended narrative and meditation. 


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. 

The submission guidelines

Applicants upload portfolio and submit payment online to http://dukearts.slideroom.com from February 1 to May 9, 2016. The online system provides step-by-step instructions on how to register and submit your photographs/media, written materials, and payment. Only entries submitted through SlideRoom are accepted. 

Applicants may submit a portfolio for a maximum of 20 uploads. 

Applicants must submit:
  • 1-page project description (pdf). Please provide context for the material you are submitting—the nature, duration, and future of the project, where and when the submitted work was made, and your ultimate intentions for the work. How will winning the Lange-Taylor Prize further your work on this project? 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) 
  • 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)
  •  $65 entry fee


Submissions for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize will be accepted from February 1 to May 9, 2016. Entries must be submitted on May 9 before midnight (EST). (See note on multiple entries under FAQ’s.

Additional Information

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.

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