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The Source-Cord Prize

About the Source-Cord Prize   •   The Judges   •   How to Enter
What to Submit   •   FAQ

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The Source-Cord Prize is an award for contemporary photography, comprising an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. The work selected for first prize will also be published in Source Magazine with a commissioned essay. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and everyone submitting will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Source Magazine. The winners will be selected by an international panel of four judges. The deadline for submissions is 13th July 2014.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR 2014 HAS PASSED AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
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About the Source-Cord Prize

The award was established as the Cord Prize in 2013 by EA Lindsay, to support contemporary photography. In 2014 Lindsay formed a collaboration with Source magazine to create the Source-Cord Prize. Source is a photography magazine based and published in the UK since 1992. The judges in 2013 were Charlotte Cotton and Diana Edkins, the first Prize was won by Eva Stenram for her work Drape. You can see a gallery of her work from 2013 here. You can find out more about Source here.

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The Judges

Kate BushKate Bush: is a leading art curator and critic, specialising in international art and photography. Bush's previous roles include Head of Art Galleries, Barbican (2005-2013); Head of Programming at The Photographers' Gallery (1997 - 2004). She is currently working on a career survey exhibition of the work of An-My Le, for MK Gallery, UK and venues in Europe, and a group show of contemporary and historical Russian photography titled 'Close and Far: Russian Photography Now' for Calvert 22 Foundation, London.
• Watch the interview with Kate »

Stefanie GrebeStefanie Grebe: is a freelance lecturer, photographer and curator. She is a visiting curator at the Ruhr Museum, Essen where she has curated many exhibitions including: "Black and White and Color. The Ruhr Area in Photography" (2000); "Really True. The Promise of Reality in Photographs" (2004) and "From A to Z. The Photographic Collection of the Ruhr Museum" (2012-2013). Her most recent project re-examines unpublished negatives from 1957 by the Cologne photographer Chargesheimer.
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John DuncanJohn Duncan: has been one of the editors of Source since 1994. He studied documentary photography with David Hurn from Magnum at Newport College Wales and Fine Art Photography with Thomas Joshua Cooper at Glasgow School of Art. He continues to make his own photographs and his book Bonfires was published by Steidl in 2008. He is on the board of Belfast Exposed Gallery and The Belfast Photo Festival.
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Mariko TakeuchiMariko Takeuchi: is a photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Takeuchi was visiting curator of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, previously of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. She has contributed to Ryudai Takano: 1993-1996, Lieko Shiga's notebook / Rasen Kaigan, Osamu James Nakagawa's GAMA CAVES, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph and Nihon No Shashinka 101 (101 Japanese photographers), among many other catalogues, books and magazines.
• Watch the interview with Mariko »

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How to Enter

Use the link at the top of the page to register and pay the $30 entry fee for the award. You will be taken to your upload page where you can submit and edit your entry. Artists can submit up to 16 images from a body of work, which does not have to be a single project. We also require a short introductory text. See below for more information on the submission process. Submissions open on 15th May 2014. The deadline for submissions is 13th July 2014.

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What to Submit

The aim of the Source-Cord Prize is to discover new work. All photographic processes are welcome and submissions are invited from artists for whom photography is their whole or partial practice. Applications should be accompanied by a short text of up to 400 words introducing the work you are submitting. This text must be in English (the common language for the judges) but please note, we wish to encourage submissions from photographers for whom English is not their first language. The text is to help the judges, it will not be judged for the quality of its written English.

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FAQ

How can I enter the award?

  • Use the link at the top of the page to register. You will receive an email confirming registration.
  • You will then be directed to the Paypal payment page. After this you will be taken directly to the upload pages for your submission.
  • If you leave the site between registration and the payment page do not worry you will be directed to Paypal next time you log-in.
  • You will have your own account pages, where you can enter, edit and review your submission up to the deadline of 13 July 2014.
  • You can submit up to 16 images for the entry fee of $30.
  • Payment is via Paypal (you can pay by card through Paypal without a Paypal account). After payment you will be taken to the upload pages.
  • You will receive two emails, one confirming registration, the second confirming payment.
  • Images should be in jpeg format, up to 1500 pixels on the longest side with a 1mb maximum file size.
  • You should also submit a short text about the work you are submitting of no more than 400 words.
  • The deadline for submissions is 13th July 2014.
  • If you have further questions or submission problems email us at contact@cordprize.com.

Who can enter the Source-Cord Prize?

  • Submission is open internationally to artists of any age above 18 years.
  • The Source-Cord Prize is open to students.
  • Submissions are welcomed from artists for whom photography is their whole or partial practice.
  • Submissions are welcomed from artists who are working collaboratively.

What can I Submit?

  • We are awarding for a body of work. A body of work does not have to comprise a closed or completed 'project'.
  • All photographic media and processes are eligible.
  • You can make more than one submission, but will need to register with a different email address for each.

Does the Short Text have to be in English?

  • Yes, because it is the only language all the judges read, but your entry will not be judged on the standard of your written English so do not be discouraged by this requirement.

Can I enter without a Paypal Account?

  • Yes, you can pay by credit or debit card through our Paypal link without having a Paypal account yourself.

What are the Prizes?

  • First prize is $10,000, second $1,000 and third $500.
  • The work receiving first prize will be published in Source with a commissioned essay.
  • A further twenty-two artists will be selected to show their submitted work on the prize gallery pages.

When will the Prize be decided?

  • The judges will consider the work in August, meeting in person to discuss the final shortlist and prize winners in September.
  • Awarded artists will be contacted by email in September.
  • The judges' selections will be announced on the 1st November when a dedicated issue of Source will also be published.

What is the free Digital Subscription?

  • Everyone who submits for the Source-Cord Prize will receive a free digital subscription to Source for one year (four issues).
  • This will allow you to read subsequent news about the Source-Cord Prize and see the published winning entries.
  • You will receive an email with details of how to view your subscription.
  • This digital subscription is compatible with iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Who is the Source-Cord Prize run by?

Copyright Information

  • Copyright of all images submitted to the Source-Cord Prize and displayed on cordprize.com and source.ie will remain the property of their owners.
  • Artists must ensure that works they submit to the Source-Cord Prize are their own and that they have all necessary rights and permissions to submit that work for the award and for it to be displayed publicly.
  • By submitting works artists are agreeing that their images may be used for promotional and press materials for the Source-Cord Prize.
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