Funding the Arts

Deadline August 29th: Leica Women Foto Project | Award

Leica
Call for Entries: Leica Women Foto Project | Award
Deadline: Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM ET

“As part of the Leica Women Foto Project, Leica Camera USA is seeking three U.S. photographers to receive an award to support a personal project that is relevant to today’s social and political climate. The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to educate, encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a woman’s point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to reframe how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative.

Applicants will be reviewed on the basis of quality of photography, dedication to the medium of photography, sophistication of project, as expressed through the female perspective with narratives that broaden perspectives, ideas and conversations on today’s social climate.

Prize
Three (3) winners will each receive a cash prize of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00 USD) payable via check, as well as a one (1)-year loan of a Leica Q2 camera. At the end of the term, the cameras will be passed on to the next three winners of the 2020 award to continue the legacy. A replacement Leica camera will be offered to the initial set of recipients to continue documenting their journey through the lens of a Leica. (See Award Rules here for details.)

Photo entries will be reviewed by a panel of renowned judges including:

  • Karin Kaufmann Art Director & Chief Representative, Leica Galleries International
  • Maggie Steber VII Agency photographer and Guggenheim fellow
  • Elizabeth Avedon Independent curator, photo book and exhibition designer
  • Laura Roumanos Executive producer and co-founder, United Photo Industries
  • Deborah Willis University professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery

Each member of the Panel will individually score each submission using the following criteria: 

  1. Category 1: Quality of Photography 
  2. Category 2: Dedication to the Medium of Photography
  3. Category 3: Sophistication of project

The three (3) entrants with the highest total scores will be declared the recipients of the award. In the event of a tied score resulting in more than three (3) recipients of the award, the entrant with the highest Head Judge’s score will be deemed the recipient of the award. Recipients of the award will be announced on or about October 16, 2019 on www.us.leica-camera.com and on @LeicaCameraUSA on Facebook and Instagram. Must be 21 years or older to participate and reside in the United States.

Submission Guidelines
Candidates for the award are requested to submit a series of 10 images from a personal or long-term project, made on any digital or film camera of any make, model or brand, with at least 4 images created between 2018-19. Alongside the images, applicants are required to submit a 500 word proposal describing their personal project and its relevance in today’s social climate, including detail of how the funds will be allocated.”

To read the full submission guidelines and award rules visit: https://us.web.leica-camera.com/World-of-Leica/Leica-Women-Foto-Project/Leica-Women-Foto-Project-Award/Official-Award-Rules.

To apply visit: https://www.leicawomenfotoproject.com/submit/142411/leica-women-foto-project-award.

Deadline July 15: The 2019 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

Maine Media Workshops+Colleges
Call for Entries: The 2019 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture
Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
Fee: $55 per submission of 12 images

The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury selects three finalists each year who are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

The Prize is generously funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of work by the winner and three finalists each October.

Prize
The jurors will select one (1) winner and three (3) finalists for the 2019 Arnold Newman Prize. The winner will receive $20,000. This prize is unrestricted and may be used however the winning artist wishes. The winner and three finalists will be officially announced in August 2019 and their work will be featured in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA from October 1 to 30, with an opening reception on October 10. Artists will be responsible for shipping framed (or otherwise exhibition ready) work to/from the Griffin.

The jurors for the 2019 Prize are:

  • Elizabeth Avedon, Photobook and Exhibition Designer, Writer, and Curator
  • Jessica Dimson, Deputy Photo Editor at The New York Times
  • Paula Tognarelli, Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography

What to submit:

  1. The core of your submission is a cohesive group of 12 images that are all a part of a single project, portfolio, or series focused on photographic portraiture
  2. Artist Statement about the series you are submitting (500 word limit)
  3. A brief bio telling us who you are as an artist (250 word limit)
  4. CV (uploaded in pdf format)
  5. A brief statement about how winning The Arnold Newman Prize would impact and further your career goals
  6. There is a $55 fee per submission. All fees are paid through Submittable and are non-refundable.”

For the full prospectus, to see past award recipients, and to apply visit: https://www.mainemedia.edu/life-at-mmwc/calls-for-entry/arnold-newman-prize.

Deadline May 20th: CANON Female Photojournalist Grant 2019

Visa Pour l’Image
Call for Submissions: CANON Female Photojournalist Grant 2019
Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2019
Entry is free

“For the ninteenth year in a row, Canon and Visa pour l’Image will be presenting the prestigious Canon Female Photojournalist Grant to an outstanding female photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism.

This year’s festival features the exhibition of the 2018 grant-winner Laura Morton, on her project “University Avenue,” addressing income inequality in the California Bay Area in the shadow of Silicon Valley.

At the final evening show on Saturday, September 7, the 2019 winner will receive the grant which has prize money of €8000.”

For a list of past recipients and to download the contest rules and application form visit: www.visapourlimage.com/en/festival/awards-and-grants/bourse-canon-de-la-femme-photojournaliste.

Deadline May 31st: The 2019 Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant

Aaron Siskind Foundation
Call for Submissions: The 2019 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant
Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application fee: $25 USD

“The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $15,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.

Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Please note: students who will graduate before the 2019 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards.

Eligible Work: All forms of photographically based work regardless of subject matter, genre, or process are eligible. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work.

Fellowship recipients will be notified after the application review process is complete. Names of recipients and panelists will be announced shortly thereafter. The decisions of the Aaron Siskind Foundation and its designated judging panel as to who receives fellowship support will be final, private, and without appeal. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist’s creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. Award funds will be taxable to recipients in Tax Year 2019.

Submission Guidelines

  • Applicant Profile: Name and contact information
  • Work Samples: A portfolio of ten (10) digital images showing representative, recent work. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical or installed nature, or aspects of detail, use one or more of the ten images for that purpose. Exactly ten (10) images must be submitted. The files must be:
    • Under 5MB each
    • One of the following file formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, or .tga.
    • Slideroom will resize images larger than 1280 x 1280 x 72 ppi to fit the system.
  • Text descriptors for each image: Title, Dimensions, Year, and Description. The “Description” box should be used for a short explanation or background information for each photo.
  • Artist Statement: (250 words maximum) The purpose of the Statement is to give the panel a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. It should be very clear and concise, and relate to the specific works you are submitting.
  • Career summary, artist resume/CV, or short bio (500 words maximum)
  • Applications must be submitted through the Slideroom application portal at https://siskindfoundation.slideroom.com.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: www.aaronsiskind.org/application.html.

Deadline March 31st: Film Photo Award

Call for Entries: Film Photo Award
Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Fees: $35 Non-Students / $25 Students

“The Film Photo Award offers two award cycles per year, each providing three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film to photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field and are motivated to continue the development of still, film-based photography in the 21st century.

The Film Photo Award is open to all emerging, established, and student photographers worldwide, 18 years old or older.

Awards
During each spring and fall award cycle, 3 film grants will be awarded:

  • New Project Award: applicants will select either 200 rolls of 35mm, 200 rolls of 120, or 300 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.
  • Continuing Project Award: applicants will select either 200 rolls of 35mm, 200 rolls of 120, or 300 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.
  • Student Project Award: applicants will select either 100 rolls of 35mm, 100 rolls of 120, or 150 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.

Juror
Aline Smithson
, Photographer and Editor-and-Chief of the daily web journal, Lenscratch.

Eligibility
Anyone 18 years old or older, worldwide.

Students must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of submission. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. You do not need to be studying photography specifically.

Requirements
Detailed explanation of application materials here.

  1. Project Proposal
  2. CV, Resume, or Bio
  3. 10 Examples of Past Work
  4. Inventory List
  5. Submission Fee

Evaluation Criteria
Applicants will be considered on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future achievement. Submissions include 10 examples of past work, a proposal for a new or continuing film-based project, CV or Bio, & Inventory List.”

To see the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.filmphotoaward.com.

Deadline March 30th: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Artist Residency Program

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Call for Entries: 2019-2020 Artist Residency Program
Deadline March 30, 2019 at midnight EDT
Application fee: $25

“The intention of the PPAC Artist Residency program is to assist talented, self-directed and committed artists in the creation of work by providing necessary financial support, access to high-end facilities and proper technical assistance and education. Our hope is to create a transformative experience that enriches the individual artist and the community of PPAC.

Accepted artists will receive a $3,000 honorarium, will have printer and scanner hourly rental fees waived and will receive a $1,500 credit to be applied to ink usage fees and paper in the Artist Lab. If necessary, a $1,000 stipend will be provided for travel and/or housing.

The length of each individual residency is restricted to a month, but the timing is flexible. Artists should propose a project that fits within the residency term of June 1, 2019, to May 1, 2020.

The month-long residency should be used to advance your artistic practice in a meaningful way. Artists may submit proposals that include the continuation or completion of work already in process, or the creation of new work.

Accepted artists will be required to work collaboratively with PPAC to design two public program events. These programs are flexible and open to your interpretation and interests. Please do not include proposals for these events in your application.

Restrictions
Because the Artist Residency program is intended to support working artists, students are not eligible to apply.

Required Application Materials
All artists must propose a project within the month-long residency term. A letter of intent should clearly address the goals and expected outcomes of the residency, give a specific time frame, along with a preferred month of participation and should outline which lab equipment will be used. A separate artist statement should discuss your most recent work and should clearly outline your process and personal interest in making the work.

  • $25 application fee (to offset costs in accepting and reviewing application materials)
  • Letter of intent
  • CV
  • One page artist statement
  • 15 – 20 jpegs of work related to the intended project, or recent work
  • Please submit your application here.

Application materials will be reviewed by PPAC’s Artist Residency Committee. PPAC is unable to respond to inquires about the status of a submission, nor is the Artist Residency Committee able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

View current and past Artists in Residence here.”

Deadline April 1st: Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts & Social Issues

Columbia College | Heartland Alliance
Call for Submissions: Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues
Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019
Application Fee: $25

“The Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially engaged photographer to produce a compelling and dynamic body of work highlighting human rights and social issues.

Columbia College Chicago and Heartland Alliance, two internationally recognized institutions with Chicago roots dating back more than 120 years, partner in hosting the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues. The fellowship is a unique public commitment to socially engaged art, combining Columbia’s dedication to academic excellence and developing authentic, creative voices with Heartland Alliance’s bold history of advocating for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

This postgraduate fellowship creates an opportunity for a socially engaged photographer to immerse themselves in the community of Heartland Alliance and to produce a new, original, and compelling body of photographic work that speaks to the human rights and social issues revealed through these experiences. By engaging with the Heartland Alliance community of participants and practitioners, the fellowship allows the artist to create a true connection between subject, audience, and community. This serves the larger goal of the fellowship, which is to use photographic practice to elevate our collective awareness of social, economic, and cultural issues and to inspire positive social change.

In addition to their work with the Heartland Alliance community in the greater Chicago area, the fellow will also spend significant time at Columbia College Chicago, where they will be mentored by a Photography Department faculty member and will work with Columbia students. The fellow will also have a Heartland Alliance project sponsor dedicated to aid their immersion in the Heartland community and to provide valuable feedback during the nine-month project. The fellowship will culminate with a public presentation, exhibition and/or publication of the fellow’s newly created body of work at the completion of the fellowship period.

Because of the dynamic nature of the fellowship, a full-time commitment is required during the academic year (September to May). Fellowship hours will vary, as will the activities in which the fellow will be immersed. It is expected that the fellow will reside in Chicago during the term of the award.

A $25,000 stipend will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year to support the fellow’s work. Talented individuals who have completed an MFA in photography or in another related creative field and who are committed to active immersion and participation with Heartland Alliance and Columbia College Chicago are encouraged to apply.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.colum.edu/academics/fine-and-performing-arts/initiatives/diane-dammeyer-fellowship.html.

Deadline February 15th: Penumbra Workspace Program

Penumbra Foundation
Call for Submissions: Penumbra Workspace Program
Deadline EXTENDED to: Friday, 15 February 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application: FREE

“As a non-for-profit organization whose mission is to embrace the photographic community through its educational and public events Penumbra Foundation is proud to announce the development of a new program dedicated to facilitate emerging artist with time, workspace, resources and support to get them and their work closer to the public in one of the most vibrant art cities in the world.

US RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two US based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 1 month depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two New York City based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 4 weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

INTERNATIONAL | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two International artists during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support (note: there is no honorarium). The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 4 weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

* An emerging artist is someone in the early stage of their career, who takes risks and embraces challenges, and who hasn’t yet
established a solid reputation as an artist amongst other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.penumbrafoundation.org/workspace/about.

DEADLINE January 23rd: 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Aperture Foundation
Call for Submissions: 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
There is no fee to enter.

About Aperture Portfolio Prize
“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.

The first prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and exhibition in New York. The winner and up to four runners up will be featured in an online gallery on aperture.org. All finalists 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. The winner and runners up may also be presented the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited edition print program.

Juror information
The Aperture Portfolio Prize jury is comprised of Aperture’s experienced editors and curatorial staff. This year, the jury includes Chris Boot, executive director; Annette Booth, director of exhibitions management; Charlotte Chudy, editorial assistant of books; Brendan Embser, managing editor of Aperture magazine; Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine; Annika Klein, assistant editor of Aperture magazine; Taia Kwinter, managing editor of the book program; Amelia Lang, associate publisher of the book program; Samantha Marlow, associate editor of books; Lesley A. Martin, creative director; Kellie McLaughlin, director of the limited-edition print program; and Denise Wolff, senior editor of books.

Submission Requirements

  • 1 Project with 10 to 15 photos
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • Biography and CV
  • Special Requirements:
    – Entrants must be Aperture Magazine print subscribers.
    – Work must be made within the past 5 years. Ongoing projects will be accepted.”

Visit https://contests.picter.com/aperture/portfolio-prize-2019 for the full prospectus and to apply.

Deadline October 22nd: Vox Populi 2019 Guest Artist & Exhibitions Open Call

Vox Populi
Call for Entries: 2019 Guest Artist & Exhibitions Open Call
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 11:59pm EDT
Fee: $35 for

About The Open Call
“During its 30th year of existence, Vox Populi is pleased to announce our annual open call to guest artists, curators and collaborators to extend and challenge their artistic practice. We are seeking applications for exhibitions by national and international artists, curators, and collaborators from outside the larger Philadelphia area and without commercial representation, who want to find new audiences.

Vox Populi is interested in proposals that take place in experimental media and employ alternative methodologies, pushing boundaries in terms of form and content. We seek work that takes risks, is ambitious, timely, and experimental.

Vox Populi accepts applications for solo exhibitions by individuals or collective proposals to show in one of our four gallery spaces. We cannot accept requests for a specific gallery. Selected guests are expected to arrange for their installation and de-installation. Upon acceptance, the work(s) must be ready and available to exhibit in 2019. Vox Populi’s membership will select and group submitted projects. Selected proposals will receive an honorarium of $500.

All the artist collectives at Vox will be reviewing the applications for this guest artists call. More information on past and current work Vox has supported can be found in our exhibition archive.

Application Timeline
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm
Notification: November 2018
Exhibitions: two month exhibitions TBA 2019

Submission Guidelines
Artists can submit available works (1-10 work samples) for exhibition or specific proposals; site-specific installation proposals for new works must include images of previous works or installations.

Please note, this is an opportunity for artists, curators and collaborators living outside of the greater Philadelphia region to gain exposure with a Philadelphia audience. Vox Populi will only consider applications outside of a 50 mile radius from the city.”

For the full prospectus and to see a floor plan of the exhibition space go to: http://voxpopuligallery.org/news/now-accepting-guest-artist-applications-for-2019

The application is available via Slideroom.

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