I have no idea if this is old news or not, as I just stumbled upon it yesterday: The latest winner of the First Book Prize, awarded by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and The Honickman Foundation, is Jennette Williams for her project on Women Bathing.
Williams was selected by Mary Ellen Mark for the biannual prize, and now will have a book published of her work. The last winner was Danny Wilcox Frazier with his terrific project documenting rural Iowa published as Driftless: Photographs from Iowa. He was selected by Robert Frank, you can see some pictures here.
Great work from both, this is a great award and I’m happy to see it out there. Next entry is in 2010 so start planning now