The Archive of Documentary Arts is committed to diversifying its collection in order to better reflect the multitude of viewpoints and communities from which work is being made in the documentary arts today. Selected photographers receive a $4500.00 honorarium to print a body of work which will be acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts and added to our permanent collection. Selected work will be preserved at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, and available for use by students, faculty, and independent researchers. The ADA also promotes collection material through exhibition and a variety of public programs.   2018 Call for Entries  | 2019 Call for Entries Coming Soon!


2018 ADA Collection Award Winners

Akea Brionne Brown | Leah Dyjak | Priya Kambli | Veronica Melendez | Zora J. Murff | John Tully

2018 Award for Documentarians of Color:
Akea Brown for the series Black Picket Fences


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/brownakeabrionne/
Artist Website: https://www.akeabrown.com/


2018 Award for Documentarians of The American South:
Veronica Melendez
for the series Le pido a Dios que no me olviden

Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/melendezveronica/
Artist Website: https://veromelen.com/Le-pido-a-Dios-que-no-me-olviden


2018 Award for Documentarians of Environmental Change (2 Awards):

Leah Dyjak for the series New Beach


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/dyjakleah/
Artist Website:
https://www.leahdyjak.com/newbeach


John Tully for the series Shifting Sands


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/tullyjohn/
Artist Website:
http://www.johntullyphoto.com/shifting-sands/


2018 Award for Emerging Documentarians:
Zora J. Murff for the series Corrections


2018 Award for Women Documentarians:
Priya Kambli for the series Color Falls Down

Library Collection Guide: http://www.priyakambli.com/color-falls-down.html
Artist Website:
http://www.priyakambli.com/color-falls-down-artist-statement.html


2017 ADA Collection Award Winners

Jasmine Clark | Jess T. Dugan | McNair Evans | Lauren Henkin | Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Award for Documentarians of Color:
Joshua Rashaad McFadden for the series Come to Selfhood

Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/mcfaddenjoshua/
Artist Website: http://www.joshuarashaad.com/come-to-selfhood/



Award for Emerging Documentarian:
Jasmine Clark for the series After Eisenhower


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/clarkjasmine/
Artist Website: http://jasmineraynaclark.com/2017-ADA-Collection-Award



Award for Women Documentarians:
Jess T. Dugan for the series To Survive on this Shore

Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/duganjess/
Artist Website: http://www.jessdugan.com/to-survive-on-this-shore-1



Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts:
McNair Evans for the series In Search of Great Men


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/evansmcnair/
Artist Website: http://mcnairevans.com/projects/search-great-men/



Award for Documentarians of The American South:
Lauren Henkin for the series What’s Lost is Found

Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/henkinlauren/
Artist Website: http://www.laurenhenkin.com/whats-found-is-yours-to-keep-alabama-hale-co...


2016 ADA Collection Award Winners

Debi Cornwall | Jeanine Michna-Bales | Paccarik Orue | Adam Reynolds | Jay Turner Frey Seawell

Award for Documentarians of Color:
Paccarik Orue for the series El Muqui


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/oruepaccarik/
Artist Website: http://www.paccarik.com/el-muqui-in-progress




Award for Emerging Documentarian:
Adam Reynolds for the series Architecture of Existential Threat


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/reynoldsadam/
Artist Website: http://www.adamreynoldsphotography.com/architecture-of-an-existential-th...




Award for Women Documentarians:
Debi Cornwall for her collective works on Guantánamo Bay


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/cornwalldebi/
Artist Website: https://www.debicornwall.com/




Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts:
Jay Turner Frey Seawell for the series National Trust & The Mall


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/seawelljay/
Artist Website: http://www.jseawell.com/




Award for Documentarians of The American South:
Jeanine Michna-Bales for the series From Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/michnabales/
Artist Website: https://www.jmbalesphotography.com/through-darkness-to-light/


2015 Collection Award Winners

Ben Alper | Sarah Christianson | Eliot Dudik | Rebecca Sittler | Wendel White

Award for Documentarians of Color:
Wendel White for the series Manifest


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/whitewendel/
Artist Website: http://wendelwhite.com/projects/manifest/



Award for Emerging Documentarian:
Eliot Dudik for the series Road Ends in Water


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/dudikeliot/
Artist Website: https://www.eliotdudik.com/road-ends-in-winter/



Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts:
Rebecca Sittler for the series All the Presidents' Men


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/sittlerrebecca/
Artist Website: http://www.rebeccasittler.com/



Award for Women Documentarians:
Sarah Christianson for the series When the Landscape is Quiet Again: North Dakota’s Oil Boom


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/christiansonsarah/
Artist Website: http://www.sarahchristianson.com/project_basin.php



Award for Documentarians working in North Carolina:
Ben Alper for the series Index of Walking


Library Collection Guide: https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/alperben/
Artist Website: http://benalper.com/i