Clarence John Laughlin Award

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South.

The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the may apply. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres.




CJL Award  recipients:

2018 Recipient – Kimberly Witham
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2017 Recipient – Jerry Takigawa
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2016 Recipient – David Emitt Adams
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2015 Recipient – Adam Davies
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2014 Recipient – Keliy Anderson-Staley
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2013 Recipient – Walker Pickering
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2012 Recipient – Lee Deigaard
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2011 Recipient – Joni Sternbach
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2010 Recipient – Charles Grogg
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