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The Cord Prize
The Cord Prize is an international contemporary art award established to support and acknowledge the practice of early and mid-career visual artists. The award comprises an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and a piece of writing will be commissioned from the award jurors The inaugural edition of this twice-annual prize is focused on contemporary art photography, with future awards alternating focus on specific disciplines, with curated themes and critical surveys.
We are extremely pleased and excited to have the hugely respected and admired curators and writers Diana Edkins and Charlotte Cotton as the jurors for this first edition of the award.
Photography has become a universally accepted, unchallenged, medium of contemporary art. Concomitantly, photography’s capacity to influence our everyday lives has become exponentially important with the ubiquity of visual social media and the opening up of the possibilities for us to communicate and disseminate our photographic images independently of institutional support.
It could be said that the ubiquity which photography has achieved, its establishment in the contemporary art canon, is both a blessing and a problem – marking a new beginning, a place to start from all over again, yet more challenging than ever to make meaningful photographic work that resonates in cultural spaces and will endure. The inaugural Cord Prize invites early and mid-career artists who are working within the field of photography to apply.
Against this setting, applicants to the inaugural prize are invited to submit up to 16 images from a wholly or partially photo-based practice, made using any photographic process or medium. Applications should be accompanied by a resume and text of up to 400 words which includes a detailed description of your practice and research. You may also wish to contextualise your practice within what you see as the significant cultural issues at play within contemporary art photography.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Second Prize $1,000
Third Prize $500
A further 22 artists will be selected for an online show, of each artists full submission ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Copyright of all images submitted to the Cord Prize and displayed on cordprize.com will remain the property of their owners.
Artists must ensure that works they submit to the 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 USAGE RIGHTS: By submitting works artists are agreeing that their images may be used for promotional and press materials for the Cord Prize
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