Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, 2016


September 15, 2016


About the prize

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University and The Honickman Foundation (THF), based in Philadelphia, co-sponsor this prestigious biennial prize. The only prize of its kind, the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography competition is open to North American photographers of any age who have never published a book-length work and who use their cameras for creative exploration, whether it be of places, people, or communities; of the natural or social world; of beauty at large or the lack of it; of objective or subjective realities. The prize honors work that is visually compelling, that bears witness, and that has integrity of purpose.

How to enter

Applicants upload work and submit payment online to SlideRoom from June 15 to September 15, 2016. The online system provides a video tutorial as well as step-by-step instructions on how to register and submit your photographs, written materials, and payment.

  • You will be asked to provide the following: 40 photographs, 40 captions, a 1-page artist’s statement, and a 1-page C.V. The entry fee is $70.
  • 40 photographs drawn from an ongoing or recently completed project, which represent a coherent body of work suitable for publication. At least twenty-five of these images must have been made within the last three years (from 2012 on). Those who have submitted work in a previous competition should be sure to include at least twenty new images in their application.
  • 1-page document with all 40 captions (pdf). Please include a separate caption list for all 40 images that provides information on where and when the picture was made.
  • 1-page artist’s statement (pdf). Provide context for the forty images, describe the larger body of work, including how long the project has been in progress, and how the photographs constitute a potential book.
  • 1-page biography or C.V. (pdf)
  • $70 entry fee


The CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography is open to North American citizens of any age who have yet to publish a book-length work, defined as a publication that focuses on the photographer’s work, contains more than 30 of the photographer’s images, and is sold through conventional book distribution channels.

The prize’s focus is on creating an opportunity for photographers who are engaged in the creation of a continued, active, and vital body of work to publish a first book. To this end, photographers who have a self-published, print-on-demand, or limited-edition book (with a print run of 100 copies or more) that is currently being promoted and sold on the Internet are not eligible for the award.

If you have self-published or been published in a limited edition, we require that you disclose this information in your artist’s statement and biography and send a copy of the publication. We additionally request that you submit an entirely new body of work for consideration or that no more than 5 images from the originally published body of work are included in the 40 images you submit.

Selection and Notification

Guest Selection Panel Judge Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief of the Aperture Foundation, along with a selection committee of photographers, editors, and publishers will review all submissions and select 10 to 15 finalists by December 1, 2016.

Finalists will be asked to submit 10 sample prints from the body of their submitted work for Prize Judge Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to review. Prints should to be mailed to the Center for Documentary Studies and arriving no later than December 7, 2016.

The winner will be announced to the public in January 2017.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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July 01, 2016
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