The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students (majoring in any social science). It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships.

The 2022 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize is now open for applications. Entries for the 2022 competition must be received by March 1, 2022. Winners will be notified the week of May 9, 2022.

Up to three cash prizes will be awarded at the XX International Sociological Association (ISA) Congress of Sociology, “Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies,” to be held in Melbourne, Australia, June 25-July 1, 2023. Attendance at the congress is not a requirement but is encouraged. Prizes, supported by the Mark Family Foundation, will be awarded by the ISA Visual Sociology Research Committee.

The first prize is $2,500 USD, two years of honorary Board Membership to the ISA Visual Sociology Research Committee, and publication of the winning essay as a “picture talk feature” with an associated DOI in the journal Visual Studies. The second is $1,500 USD and the third is $500 USD. All prize winners will be awarded student membership to the ISA and the Visual Sociology Research Committee.

The prize is awarded biennially. For more information and to apply please visit