Questions received around submitting for the 2012 Award

We have received a number of questions with regards to the submission. In the final few days of getting your submission together, find some answers to some of the questions received that you might find useful: Can only South African photographers submit work? The key factor with any submission is that the project take place in South Africa, as would the exhibition if you won. So as a photographer residing elsewhere, you are more than welcome to complete a submission. When the selection will be announced for the award? And what is the time frame for finalizing the project? The committee will sit in July 2012 and the winner will be announced after the meeting. This year we have the exhibitions for last year's winner in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town - these are taking place between September and November 2012. It is anticipated that we will have similar timelines in 2013. It is important to note that for the book publishers, all data will have to be received by about July 2013. So you would have between when the winner is announced (July 2012) until about July 2013 to complete the project. What is the theme for submissions? We are not being prescriptive about the theme for submissions. The work submitted should be a photographic project that you are currently undertaking, or that is in progress, and that is possibly inspired by the work of Ernest Cole. You will need to  structure your submission around your own selected theme, narrative or subject. You might want to look at some social documentary type work done by other photographers, at Ernest Cole’s work or have a look at Dale Yudelman's, the winner from 2011. The Application is in pdf – do I have to complete the entire form by hand? Unfortunately we do not have the application form in another file format. You can fill in the shorter sections and personal details by hand directly onto the form. For the longer parts of the application form, including the written proposal, you may type this up in a separate document, and attach it to the rest of the application form.  If submitting a separate document in addition to the Application Form, we suggest that you include the document in both a soft and hard copy. Must the Photographs submitted have Captions? All the photographs submitted must ideally have captions/ titles. Once again a reminder that all submissions must be received by the closing date in order to be considered.  
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One month to go before submissions close for the 2012 Award

Submissions for the Ernest Cole Award close on the 15th June 2012. This means that if you are intending to submit any work, there is just over 4 weeks to go! A number of submissions have already been received, but just a reminder that all submissions must be received by the the closing date in order to be considered.  The submission guidelines are provided on this website and if you have any further questions you are more than welcome to contact us directly. Remember: The winning photographer will receive R150 000 in winnings, with which to complete their project, hold an exhibition during the second half of 2013 and to publish a book of their project.  
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The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has launched an African photographic competition

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is launching an African photographic competition around the OpenForum called OPENPhoto that will be hosted by the four Open Society Africa Foundations in Cape Town from May 22-May 24, 2012.
The title of the OpenForum is:  MONEY, SEX & POWER: The paradox of unequal growth.
 The OpenPhoto award will recognize photographers based in Africa whose work highlights how inequality plays itself out within the parameters of MONEY, POWER and SEX. Please go to for more information.
The winner and three runner ups, will be selected by an international jury, will be exhibited at the conference, as well as online. The photographs will also be used in a special Openspace journal/book on inequality.
Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from now until the deadline of midnight (CAT) April 9, 2012. Winners will be announced on April 25, 2012  
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Date announced for 2012 Submissions

We are excited to invite photographers to submit their work  for the Ernest Cole Photographic Award of 2012. All submissions must be received by the 15th June 2012 and should be submitted in line with the submission guidelines provided on this website The winning photographer will receive R150 000, with which to complete the project, have an exhibition during 2013 and publish a book thereof. Judging for the 2012 Award  will take place in July 2012.  
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Market Photo Workshop opens registration for the year-long PDP Programme!

Register now for the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme

Protesters in Zandspruit shield themselves from rubber bullets as they throw rocks at police: March 2011. © Romaen Tiffin, PDP 2011.

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