BA (Hons) Commercial Photography alumnus Iveta Vaivode has won the 2014 CDS Documentary Essay Prize.

According to the CDS: “In her photo essay “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” Iveta Vaivode seeks to create a new family album, one full of images of imagined memories.

For the last three years, Vaivode has been documenting the people of Pilcene, a remote village in eastern Latvia where her grandmother and mother were born, to search for stories connected to her family. The rural landscape and the people were quite different than she had expected, transforming her project from “a nostalgic photo album into a peculiarly dramatic portrait of perhaps the last inhabitants of a contemporary Latgale village.”

Awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the prize honours the best in documentary writing and photography in alternating years, with a focus on current or recently completed work from a long-term project.

As winner of the prixze. Vaivode receives $3,000 and will have her work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as on CDS’s website.