The applicant must submit two commentaries in English, each no more than 4000 characters (~500 words) in length, and one photo. One commentary must be based on one or more of the photos by Rachel Tanur and one must be based on an original photo taken by the applicant. Each commentary is expected to give a sociological analysis of the selected visual material, based on theoretical and applied social science methods.

In addition, each applicant must submit a letter from his or her advisor, certifying the current student status of the applicant, to

A panel of judges appointed by ISA's Research Committee on Visual Sociology will choose the winners. Both the commentaries and the photo will be made publicly accessible. Entering the competition and posting material online implies permission for that material to be used on the website as a living memorial to Rachel Tanur.

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