The award was established as the Cord Prize in 2013 by EA Lindsay, to support contemporary photography. In 2014 Lindsay formed a collaboration with Source magazine to create the Source-Cord Prize. Source is a photography magazine based and published in the UK since 1992. The judges in 2013 were Charlotte Cotton and Diana Edkins, the first Prize was won by Eva Stenram for her work Drape. You can see a gallery of her work from 2013 here. You can find out more about Source here.


The winners of the Source-Cord Prize in 2014 are:

First Prize - Takashi Arai - from Japan with his project ‘Exposed in a Hundred Suns’
Second Prize - Andrea Gruetzner - from Germany with ‘Erbgericht’
Third Prize - Sebastian Collett from the USA with ‘Vanishing Point’

Congratulations to all three.
The full submissions of all twenty-five artists on the shortlist can be seen in the gallery below.

Three of the four judges, Kate Bush (UK), Stefanie Grebe (Germany) and John Duncan (co-editor of Source magazine) met in September, with Mariko Takeuchi (Japan) joining by skype
due to other commitments. Of course choosing the winners was a difficult task, the
quality of over 920 submissions coming from 231 countries being pleasingly high. You can listen to audio of the judges discussing their thoughts

We were very pleased to hear from Kate Bush that around 95% of what was submitted was new work to her.  Source have commissioned three introductory essays about the winners' submissions to go with publication of their full projects in the online and print magazines.

2014 Winners & Shortlist

The Judges

Kate Bush

Kate Bush is a leading art curator and critic, specialising in international art and photography. Bush’s previous roles include Head of Art Galleries, Barbican (2005-2013); Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery (1997 - 2004). She is currently working on a career survey exhibition of the work of An-My Le, for MK Gallery, UK and venues in Europe, and a group show of contemporary and historical Russian photography titled ‘Close and Far: Russian Photography Now’ for Calvert 22 Foundation, London.

Stefanie Grebe

Stefanie Grebe is a freelance lecturer, photographer and curator. She is a visiting curator at the Ruhr Museum, Essen where she has curated many exhibitions including: "Black and White and Color. The Ruhr Area in Photography" (2000); "Really True. The Promise of Reality in Photographs" (2004) and "From A to Z. The Photographic Collection of the Ruhr Museum" (2012-2013). Her most recent project re-examines unpublished negatives from 1957 by the Cologne photographer Chargesheimer.

John Duncan

John Duncan has been one of the editors of Source since 1994. He studied documentary photography with David Hurn from Magnum at Newport College Wales and Fine Art Photography with Thomas Joshua Cooper at Glasgow School of Art. He continues to make his own photographs and his book Bonfires was published by Steidl in 2008. He is on the board of Belfast Exposed Gallery and The Belfast Photo Festival.

Mariko Takeuchi

Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, is a photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Takeuchi was visiting curator of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, previously of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. She has contributed to Ryudai Takano: 1993-1996, Lieko Shiga's notebook / Rasen Kaigan, Osamu James Nakagawa's GAMA CAVES, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph and Nihon No Shashinka 101 (101 Japanese photographers), among many other catalogues, books and magazines.