About the award
The Ernest Cole Photographic Award is now in its second year. The South Africa award was initiated under the auspices of the University of Cape Town, and offers a unique opportunity for photographers to complete an existing project. The award, named after documentary photographer Ernest Cole, has been made possible by the generous support of the Peter Brown, Gavin Relly Educational and Kirsh Family Trusts. The winning photographer will receive R150 000 with which to complete the project, have an exhibition and publish a book thereof. The Ernest Cole Photographic Award has been established to stimulate creative work in photography in Southern Africa. The emphasis will be on creative responses to South African society. It is open to anyone whose work focuses on South African society, with preference being given to people living within the country. The purpose of the Award is to support the realisation of a significant body of work that the photographer has been engaged with. The Award will be managed by the UCT Libraries.