The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh) are again jointly offering the two prizes “Thinking Photography. DGPh Research Award” and the “Writing Photography. DGPh Award for Innovative Publication”. The awards are presented every two years, most recently in 2020 to Carolin Görgen (Thinking Photography. DGPh Research Award) and Stefan Vanthuyne (Writing Photography. DGPh Award for Innovative Publication).
The “Thinking Photography. DGPh Research Award” recognises approaches in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences constituting exceptional contributions to photography research. The prize is awarded to qualification theses (master’s theses, diploma theses or dissertations) or other independent publications connected to an expansion of research perspectives on the medium of photography. With no thematic restrictions or guidelines in terms of methods and approaches, special attention is given to works committed to venturing beyond disciplinary or methodological boundaries. Published or unpublished texts from the last two years can be submitted. The prize is endowed with €3,000.
However, photography is no longer debated and reflected upon exclusively in scientific publications. Rather, a digital culture of discussion has developed that is innovatively dedicated to all facets of the medium. The “Writing Photography. DGPh Award for Innovative Publication” therefore recognices innovative publications on photography and awards journalistic, essayistic and other publications. This prize directs its particular focus on smaller publications such as exemplarily selected blog posts, columns and reviews, online publications and formats which creatively combine texts and photographic material. Individual published content, either digital or analogue, from the last two years can be submitted. The prize is endowed with €1,000.
An international jury will select the awards’ recipients. The award ceremony will be held as part of a public event, jointly organised by the DGPh and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in 2023.
The jury members for both awards are: Dr. Carolin Görgen, Asscoiate professor Sorbonne Université, Paris, Department of American Studies, award winner “Thinking Photography” 2020; Alexandra König, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation; Renée Mussai, Curator and Researcher, Autograph London; Miriam Zlobinski, Section Chair History and Archives, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh).
Submission of the works
Application documents can be uploaded via the following links:
Thinking Photography. DGPh-Forschungspreis
Writing Photography. DGPh-Preis für innovative Publizistik
They must include the following documents:
- Abstract of the work in English (approx. 3,500 characters incl. spaces)
- Entire manuscript
- Curriculum vitae
- Publication list (optional)
The submission deadline is 31 October 2022.