IVSA Awards – Call For Nominations


The nomination deadline for the 2022 IVSA Awards Programs is May 16, 2022. This is the last day nominations and supplementary materials will be accepted for all IVSA award programs, including:

RIEGER Awards ($1000): for outstanding work in visual sociology by graduate students
PROSSER Award ($1000): for outstanding work in visual methodologies by beginning scholars
ACAR Awards ($1000): for exceptional work in advancing Anti-Colonial and Anti-Racism goals and principles

The IVSA Awards programs differ in terms of eligibility, application materials and review criteria. To ensure that a nomination package is appropriate and complete, please review the information for each program you are considering on the IVSA Awards Program web page.

IVSA Awards Page

AWARDS: Award winners for each IVSA program receive a cash prize of $1000 USD, an invitation to publish digital representations of their work through the IVSA web site, and a certificate of merit from the IVSA. Award winners will also receive a fee waiver for the 2022 conference to receive their award and present their work (September 2022 – online) and a complimentary year’s honorary membership in the IVSA.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATIONS: Any active IVSA member can submit a nomination (including a self-nomination) for any of these awards. Nominees do not need to be IVSA members, but they must be nominated by an IVSA member. Non-members who want to nominate themselves or someone else can do so by first joining the IVSA. Individuals can be nominated or recommended for only one award category each year, for a maximum of two years. Materials submitted to support a second nomination must differ significantly from those submitted for the first, and the differences must be described in the nomination letter.

TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION: All nominations and supplementary materials should be submitted in English (as PDFs or links to a web site) through online nomination forms that are accessible to all logged in members when visiting each awards nomination page.


May 16, 2022: Deadline for submitting nominations
July 2022: Award recipients notified by the IVSA President
September 2022: Awards ceremony at the IVSA Annual Meeting


Rieger and Prosser Awards Programs:
Jon Wagner (IVSA awards program coordinator): jcwagner@ucdavis.edu

Anti-Colonial and Anti-Racism (ACAR) Awards Programs:
Mariko Smith mariko.smith@sydney.edu.au
Han Sang Kim hansangkim.vs@gmail.com (IVSA ACAR Committee)


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    Errol Morris


    Every photograph promises more than it delivers and delivers more than it intended.

    Steve Harp


    There are dignified stupidities, and there are heroic stupidities, and there is such a thing as stupid stupidities, and that would be a stupid stupidity not to have a camera on board.

    Werner Herzog


    If it’s far away, it’s news, but if it’s close at home, it’s sociology.

    James Reston


    For any picture, ask yourself what question or questions it might be answering. Since the picture could answer many, questions, we can decide what question we are interested in.

    Howard Becker

  • Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.

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    Zygmunt Bauman


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