International Documentary Photography Award

About the International Documentary Photography Award

The International Documentary Photography Award encourages personal involvement in social issues and promotes socially conscious documentary photography. It is open to all fully-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of degree major, gender, ethnic background, or country of residence.

NOTE: No high school submissions.

The subject matter is entirely the choice of the student. However, it should clearly document a person, group of people, place, event, or happening of social relevance. Submitted images should be arranged and presented to clearly tell the story of what is being documented.

The project does not have to be about people. Environmental issues, including land use or misuse, urban or rural issues, global or local events, will all be considered. The key is to indicate through your photographs that you are involved and can communicate your feelings about the subject you are documenting.

The medium of capture is not important. Images may be made with a cell phone, DSLR camera, view camera, or any other capture device, film or digital.

International Documentary Photography Award


About the Judges

Anne E. Havinga is the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she has been on staff since 1989. She looks after a collection that ranges from early daguerreotypes to contemporary photography. Her many exhibitions have ranged from the beginnings of the medium to recent work.

Graham MacIndoe is an NYC-based documentary photographer and associate Professor at Parsons, The New School. Graham has published and exhibited his work widely, including solo exhibitions at the Matadero Arts Center in Madrid in 2022, the National Arts Club in New York City in 2021, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati in 2018, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2017. His work has been included in exhibitions at ICP NYC, The Museum of the City of New York, and City Art Space in Rochester.

Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, educator, and author. Her concentration is historical techniques and alternative processes, with annual workshops and lectures in locations around the world. She has taught at Parsons The New School of Design since the late 1980s.

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