The Projection Box Essays Awards competition for 2008-09 has been announced. The subject for this year’s competition is Popular Optical Media (to 1900), including nineteenth century photography, Dioramas, Zoetropes, the magic lantern, shadow theatre, panoramas, Victorian cinema, and optical toys.
First prize is £250 and publication in the journal Early Popular Visual Culture. Plus book prizes.
Submissions are invited for unpublished essays of between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Entry is open to all, and the deadline for entries is 24 January 2009. Full details, including competition rules, are available on the Projection Box Awards site.