“The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards one $5,000.00 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply for the MPS Fund’s annual $5,000.00 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.
Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 530 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.”
For the full prospectus and past award recipients visit: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
For a PDF of the Submission Guidelines click here.
Deadline: Thursday, February 19, 2015
“The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Gallerist’s Choice. Winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.
The Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Review Santa Fe.
Curator – Phillip Prodger, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
Director – Enrico Stefanelli, President & Director, Photolux Festival, Italy
Editor – Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor, TIME magazine
Entry fee: $30 members / $40 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/choice-awards.
“The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the work’s final stages.
This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts during Review Santa Fe.
Sarah Greenough – Senior Curator & Head of the Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.
Entry fee: $35 members / $4 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-development.
“We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.
And … wait for it … it’s free.
Applications are now open for the Third Annual New York Portfolio review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.
Saturday, April 11 will be for all photographers 21 and older, each of whom will receive six private critiques. Sunday, April 12 will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of four private critiques for each participant, as well as talks by Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, on building an editorial portfolio, and by the photographer Phil Toledano on the creative process, as well as a panel on working with galleries. You can find a list of this year’s reviewers at the bottom of this page.
We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — are encouraged.
Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review will not be eligible to apply this year. Photographers who attended two years ago can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work and expectations will be higher.
To enter, send us no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form here. The files should be jpegs, 1200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I. The deadline is Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. We will inform those who are accepted by March 4, 2015.”
View the full prospectus and apply at: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/third-annual-new-york-portfolio-review/?_r=1.
“The Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program is designed to support artists of color working in the photographic arts who reside in the United States that would benefit with access to time, facilities, financial, critical, and technical support. This activity is created with an emphasis on supporting artists working in the photographic arts who are at the brink of their careers and promising talent. All of us lead very busy lives – the drive for this program is to free the artist from the busy routines and demands of everyday – and to provide a sanctuary for creativity.
WOODSTOCK A-I-R encourages participants to pursue creative risk-taking in an environment rich in cultural resources. Working without distraction or interruption, participants focus intensely on their own work, continuing works in progress, setting goals for the future, and breaking new ground.
Each year CPW offers 7 residencies for artists of color and 1 “critical studies residency” for a curator/critic of color.
- accommodations at a historic artist residence located .5 miles from CPW and the center of Woodstock’s business district.
- 24/7 access to CPW’s workspace facilities (including black-&-white darkroom, digital imaging stations, and library)
- critical and technical support
- stipend for food and travel, and honorarium
- exhibition and related opportunities
Established in 1999, WOODSTOCK A-I-R has been made possible in part with support from the Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
- 10-15 digital images/video on a DVD/CD-ROM of current work. (one copy)
- Format still images as JPEGs with a width dimension no greater than 2400 pixels. Please limit video clips or excerpts to no more than 5 minutes (please indicate length of full video) and submit no more than 3 in total. Acceptable file formats include .mpg, .avi, .mov. Please make sure your three videos combined do not exceed 200MB and test your video files to make sure they play on a Mac and PC.
- Individuals applying to the Critical Studies Residency should submit 2 writing samples of no more than 1,500 words per sample with visuals, including featured artist work samples and installation views if applicable. (four copies of each)
- Residency proposal (four copies of each) – see application form for guidelines to answering this question.
- Preference for time of residency (please list 3 options) *The program runs from June through September, please request your time accordingly. Residencies range from 3-6 weeks.
- Four copies of the following:
- Artist statement (describing your current projects and artistic process) – limited to 500 words.
- Resume (listing past exhibitions, residency, and related experiences) – limited to 3 pages.
- Images script (thumbnails of your work with caption information) – see page 3 of the application form.
WOODSTOCK A-I-R participants are selected by a peer panel comprised of professionals in the field and have included past participants in CPW’s residency and exhibition program, curators, collectors, and art critics.”
Deadlines: Thursday, January 22, 2015
“$45 members/$55 non-members
Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world happening JUNE 11-14, 2015. Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain, up to 100 photographers meet with up to 45 of today’s most relevant and esteemed reviewers comprised of curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others who can offer professional development advice and opportunities.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/overview.
“Fee: $35 members/$45 non-members
The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.
This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
CURATOR: Anne M. Lyden, International Photography Curator, National Galleries of Scotland
EDITOR: Bernadette Tuazon, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital
PUBLISHER: Jack Woody, Publisher, Twin Palms Publishers”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-launch.
Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015
“TheDocumentaryProjectFund is now accepting applications for Project Support Awards. The Call will run through March 20, 2015. This extended time period allows us to offer early feedback, if photographers desire.
Visit the website for application requirements. Remember that we fund projects in artist’s communities. We believe you shouldn’t have to travel around the world to find important stories that can challenge our assumptions, awe us with beauty and change the way people look at their world.
- Established Artist Award: $5000
- Emerging Vision Award: $3500
For more information and to apply visit: thedocumentaryprojectfund.org.
“Art Intersection presents Light Sensitive, an annual juried exhibition of images created using traditional and alternative photographic processes. Past work has included analog c-prints, platinum, cyanotype, gelatin silver, gum bichromate, wet plate collodion tintypes, chemigrams, and other printing processes.
Juror: Robert Hirsch, artist, curator, and author.
The Art Intersection curatorial staff will select three artists from Light Sensitive to show additional work during an exhibition running from December 12, 2015 to January 9, 2016.”
For the full prospectus view the PDF document Light Sensitive 2015 Submission Guidelines.
To apply go to www.artintersection.com/event/call-for-work-light-sensitive-2015.
“Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.
Blue Earth offers fiscal accountability to the projects we accept for sponsorship. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Blue Earth is eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities.
Along with this fiscal accountability, we also offer other services. When you join our community of visual storytellers, we offer mentorship throughout the life of your project sponsorship, publicity on our blog and newsletters, help with PR and marketing, and more depending upon individual needs.
We accept submissions for sponsorship twice each year, January 20th and July 20th. Materials must be received in our offices by the deadline. We announce recipients approximately two months later.”
For further details, previously and currently sponsored projects, and the application process visit: www.blueearth.org/projects/submit.cfm.
“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
Portfolio Prize – Guidelines
First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:
- Is the work new, i.e., created in the last five years?
- Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner?
- Do the individual images have strong composition and strong use of color or tone?
- What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black-and-white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
- Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?”
For the full prospectus and to see previous winners visit: www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize.
“The LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014 is an international competition that aims to discover and showcase the best photographers from all over the world. Share your images with the world for a chance at over $10,000 in awards, as well as a world-class exhibition in London and massive exposure to our global audience of over 900,000. Our international jury of notable industry professionals will select six top winners in two categories and 25 finalists. These are our largest international awards of the year and YOU are invited to submit your best photographs and get worldwide recognition.”
To see the list of judges, categories to enter and for the full prospectus visit: www.lensculture.com/exposure-awards-2014.