The award is a collaboration between Source Magazine and the Gallery of Photography Ireland. Source is a photography magazine based and published in the UK since 1992. The Gallery of Photography was established in 1978 and is the national centre for photography in Ireland. Both entities are publicly-funded, non-profit arts organisations.

The Solas Prize brings together two formerly separate photography awards: the Cord prize established in 2013 by EA Lindsay; and the Gallery of Photography Artist's Award established in 2002. The first Cord Prize was won by Eva Stenram for her work 'Drape'. In 2014 Takashi Arai won the award, then known as the Source-Cord Prize, with his project 'Exposed in a Hundred Suns'.

The Gallery of Photography Artist's Award was established in 2002. Previous winners include John Gerrard, Mark Curran, Noel Bowler, Suzanne Mooney, Eoin O Conaill, Stephen Ahern, and Patrick Hogan. The 2013 Award ran in collaboration with the Copper House Gallery and was won by Richard Gilligan.

You can find out more about Source here, and about the Gallery of Photography here.

Photography Prize

Following the deliberation of the judges we are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Solas Prize. The winners will be announced a the beginning of December to coincide with an exhibition of their work at the Gallery of Photography Ireland and publication in Source magazine.


Ignacio Acosta

Monica Alcazar-Duarte

Ciaran Og Arnold

Mervyn Arthur

Arnis Balcus

Nadja Bournonville

Enda Bowe

Eamonn Doyle

Camilo Echavarria

Ilse Frech

Emer Gillespie

Nick Hannes

Sandra Hoyn

Birte Kaufmann

Michel Le Belhomme

Shane Lynam

Andreas Mader

Dara McGrath

Yvette Monahan

Trish Morrissey

Ailbhe Ni Bhriain

Meike Nixdorf

Lam Pok Yin Jeff & Chong Ng

Erin O'Keeke

Sebastian Palmer

Pablo Ernesto Piovano

Ulrike Schmitz

Julie Anand & Damon Sauer


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Natasha Egan

Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the curator and associate director. She has organised over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal topics. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and lectures internationally.

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Frits Gierstberg

Frits Gierstberg is the Chief Exhibitions Curator at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. He was Extraordinary Professor of Photography at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from 2006 to 2010. Currently he is also visiting tutor at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. He has published widely and was co-author of The Dutch Photobook (Aperture). In 2013 he was guest curator for the XIIIth Gjon Mili exhibition at the Kosova National Art Gallery in Pristina. One of his current projects is a travelling exhibition about European portrait photography since 1989 for BOZAR, Brussels.

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Herman Seidl

In 1983 Herman Seidl joined the FOTOHOF collective in Salzburg, the most important gallery, library and publishing house for contemporary photography in Austria. Since then he has curated and organised numerous exhibitions and photobooks. A practicing photographer himself, his work has been exhibited internationally. Since 2001 he has also been teaching photography at the University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg.

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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. His work was included in Observers: Photographers of the British Scene from the 1930s to Now at the Galeria de Arte SESI, Sao Paulo in 2012 and Art of the Troubles at the Ulster Museum in 2014.

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Tanya Kiang

Tanya Kiang has been the Director of the Gallery of Photography in Dublin since 1998. Prior to that she was Editor of Circa Art Magazine. She has curated exhibitions by many leading contemporary photographers, and is a regular reviewer at international photofestivals. Recent work include projects for Irish Museum of Modern Art, New York Photo Festival, Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing and the inaugural Chongqing International Photography & Video Biennale.


How can I enter the award?

To submit work to the award, go to the Register/Log-in button at the top right of the website. You will receive an email confirming registration.
- You will then be directed to the Paypal payment page. After this you will be taken directly to the upload pages for your submission.
- If you leave the site between registration and the payment page do not worry you will be directed to Paypal next time you log-in.
- You will have your own account pages, where you can enter, edit and review your submission up to the deadline of 19 July 2015.
- You can submit up to 12 images for the entry fee of $30.
- Payment is via Paypal (you can pay by card through Paypal without a Paypal account). After payment you will be taken to the upload pages.
- You will receive two emails, one confirming registration, the second confirming payment.?
- Images should be in jpeg format, up to 1500 pixels on the longest side with a 1mb maximum file size.
- You should also submit a short text about the work you are submitting of no more than 400 words.?
- The deadline for submissions is 19th July 2015.?
- If you have further questions or submission problems email us at contact(at)solasprize.com.

What can I submit?

- We are awarding for a body of work. A body of work does not have to comprise a closed or completed 'project'.
- All photographic media and processes are eligible.
- You can make more than one submission, but will need to register with a different email address for each.

Who can enter the Solas Prize?

- Submission is open internationally to artists of any age above 18 years.
- Submissions are welcomed from artists for whom photography is their whole or partial practice.
- Submissions are welcomed from artists who are working collaboratively.
- The Solas Prize is open to students.

Who is eligible for the Solas Ireland Award?

You are eligible for the Solas Ireland Award if either, your work was made in Ireland, or you were born or currently live in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
If you indicate that you are eligible for the Solas Ireland Award on the registration page then your work will automatically be considered for the award.
Being considered for the Solas Ireland Award does not affect your eligibility for the Solas Prize.

What are the prizes?

- First prize is $10,000, second $1,000 and third $500.
- The winning work will be exhibited in the Solas Awards Exhibition at the Gallery of Photography in December 2015.
- The winning work will be published in Source with commissioned essays.
- Work by Irish photographers, or work made in Ireland, is eligible for the Solas Ireland Awards. Three winners will have their work included in the Solas Awards Exhibition. They will each receive a 3-month Artist’s Residency at Gallery of Photography Ireland and a three person exhibition at Fotohof, Salzburg in 2016 including a travel and production bursary.
- Twenty-five artists, including the winners, will be selected for online exhibition.
- Everyone submitting will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Source Magazine.

When will the Prize be decided?

- The judges will consider the work in August, meeting in person to discuss the final shortlist and prize winners in September.

- Awarded artists will be contacted by email in September.

- The judges’ selections will be announced in December when a dedicated issue of Source will also be published.

Does the short text have to be in English?

- Yes, because it is the only language all the judges read, but your entry will not be judged on the standard of your written English so do not be discouraged by this requirement.

Can I enter without a Paypal account?

- Yes, you can pay by credit or debit card through our Paypal link without having a Paypal account yourself.

What is the free digital subscription?

- Everyone who submits for the Solas Prize will receive a free digital subscription to Source for one year (four issues).
- This will allow you to read subsequent news about the Solas Prize and see the published winning entries.
- You will receive an email with details of how to view your subscription.
- This digital subscription is compatible with iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Who is the Solas Prize run by?

- The prize is organised by Gallery of Photography Ireland and Source magazine, you can read a bit more on the About page.

Copyright information

- Copyright of all images submitted to the Solas Prize and displayed on solasprize.com and source.ie will remain the property of their owners.
- Artists must ensure that works they submit to the Solas Prize are their own and that they have all necessary rights and permissions to submit that work for the award and for it to be displayed publicly.
- By submitting works artists are agreeing that their images may be used for promotional and press materials for the Solas Prize.