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The latest news, information and blog posts about the Ernest Cole Award can be found here.

2020 award
Fri, 18 Jan 2019 - 16:00

The next Ernest Cole Award will be held mid 2020. Please watch the website for more details.

Press Release – Daylin Paul, Winner of Ernest Cole Award 2017
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 - 12:00

The winner of the Ernest Cole Award, 2017 is Daylin Paul for his project called Broken Land. The project explores the other side of power. Set in Mpumalanga, home of 46% of South Africa’s arable soils, it is also the area where nine power burning coal stations are active.

Drain on our Dignity exhibition opens in August
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 - 11:15

Masixole Feni the winner of the Ernest Cole Award, 2015 for his project – A Drain on Our Dignity will launch his book and exhibition 3rd August, 2017 at the CAS Gallery, UCT.

Ernest Cole Award Workshops 2017
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 - 16:15

There will a series of workshops for applicants for the 2017 Ernest Cole Award. Participants will be able to engage with experienced visual story tellers to help them assemble their own proposals for the 2017 application process due mid June 2017.

Masixole Feni
Ernest Cole Award Winner – 2015
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 - 11:00

Masixole Feni is this year’s winner of the Ernest Cole Award for his project – A Drain on Our Dignity. Feni, an activist photographer who also works for GroundUp documenting social issues, won the award for focusing his camera on the lack of service delivery and the life of the marginalised. As he says, “I live at the back of an RDP house in Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. I experience issues like poor sanitation, access to clean water and the flooding first hand”.

A City Refracted
A City Refracted: Exhibition and Book Launch
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 - 15:45

A City Refracted is a visual journey symbolically reflecting the shifting typographies of the inner city of Johannesburg. Using an experimental style of street photography, Graeme Williams' work suggests waves of movement and migration, of promise and intrusion, inextricably tied to Egoli's spatial and social order. 

Photographs from 'The Other Camera'.
African Photographers: How We Frame Ourselves
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 - 14:45

The Other Camera is an exhibition of 67 photographs curated over six years by veteran photographer Paul Weinberg in his current manifestation as archivist for the University of Cape Town libraries.

UCT Libraries Launches the 2015 Ernest Cole Award
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 - 10:45

UCT Libraries is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2015 Ernest Cole Award.

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Ernest Cole Award Winner 2013
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 - 11:30

We are excited to announce that 2013 winner of the Ernest Cole Award is Graeme Williams, whose submission is titled ‘in da city’. 

The study explores Johannesburg's inner city which has served as a first stop for many new arrivals since its formation as a mining town many years ago, yet is a city that has always been vibrant and is in a constant state of flux. 

Legacy of the Mine cover
Ilan Godfrey - Legacy of the Mine - 2013 Exhibition Dates
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 - 11:45

The dates for the Ernest Cole Award 2012 Winner Ilan Godfrey's Legacy of the Mine Exhibition and Book Launch are:

Cape Town - Irma Stern Gallery from the 17th August - 20th September 2013 Durban - KZNSA Gallery from the 26 September - 13 October Johannesburg - WAM from the 13th November - 13th December 2013
Greg Marinovich and Jodi Bieber
Key Points Highlighted in the Workshops
Mon, 20 May 2013 - 12:15

Last week we held workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg to support people that are looking at making a submission for this year's award. These were run in collaboration with the Cape Town School of Photography and the Market Photo Workshop. Some key points were made by the presenters around creating an enticing visual story or narrative.

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Updates Regarding the Workshops
Tue, 14 May 2013 - 12:15

We are excited to announce that David Lurie will join Paul Weinberg and Samantha Reinders as presenters for the Cape Town Workshop.