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IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is now inviting submissions on the theme: “History, Story, Narrative”.

Historians are far from the only interested party in writing history. In a sense, it is an interest we all share – whether we are talking politics, region, family birthright, or even personal experience. We are spectators to the process of history while being intimately situated within its impact and formations.

How, then, best to record it? Is it always the victor’s version? Have we not begun increasingly to record “history from below”, that lived by those who are not at the top of the power hierarchy? Are accounts of history always gender-inflected, hitherto, at least, towards men rather than women? Who gets to tell history if the issue is colonialism or class? How does geography, the power of place, intersect with history? What is the status of the personal story or narrative within the larger frame of events?

The different modes by which we see and understand history, flow and counter-flow, nevertheless come back to certain basics.

One asks whether we deceive ourselves in always asking for some grand narrative. Can there only be one narrator or is history by necessity a colloquium, contested ground? Is national history a myth? And history-writing itself: is it actually a form of fiction, an artifice which flatters to deceive? What, exactly, is a historical fact?

We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage photographers to submit work from a variety of perspectives.

Fees:

Free

Prizes:

GRAND PRIZE
£1,000 GBP cash award
Acceptance into the Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme together with £1,000 GBP credit to spend on Metro Imaging services such as scanning, printing, and mounting
World Press Photo adds the Grand Prize winner to its final list of nominees for the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass
Tuition fee waiver for a MediaStorm Multimedia One-Day Workshop and free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos
Tuition fee waiver for a MediaStorm Multimedia One-Day Workshop and free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos
Think Tank Photo Signature 13 shoulder bag
Photography to be exhibited in Japan, Spain, UAE, USA and UK
Invitation to an IAFOR conference

SECOND PLACE
Tuition fee waiver for a MediaStorm Multimedia One-Day Workshop and free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos
Think Tank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
Photography to be exhibited in Japan, Spain, UAE, USA and UK
Invitation to an IAFOR conference

THIRD PLACE
Tuition fee waiver for a MediaStorm Multimedia One-Day Workshop and free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos
Think Tank Photo Suburban Disguise 20 shoulder bag
Photography to be exhibited in Japan, Spain, UAE, USA and UK
Invitation to an IAFOR conference

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Free access to MediaStorm’s Online Training Videos
Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 briefcase
Photography to be exhibited in Japan, Spain, UAE, USA and UK
Invitation to an IAFOR conference

Eligibility:

Applicants must be less than 31 years of age on June 1, 2017 OR enrolled in part-time or full-time education on June 1, 2017 (proof may be required).

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Images submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Entrants agree that they have obtained all required permissions regarding images presented in their submitted portfolio / photo-essays. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by the entrant or the entrant’s photographic work. The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award absolves itself from any subsequent action or actions resulting from any violation of copyright made by any person.

Winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their work is original and that they hold all rights.

IAFOR reserves the right to use any part of any images submitted for promotional purposes. Entry constitutes granting IAFOR permission to use winners’ names and likenesses for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Theme:

Documentary Photojournalism