Funding the Arts

Deadline November 18th: Open Society ” Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition”

Open Society Foundations
Call for Submissions: Moving Walls 23: Group Exhibition
Deadline: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York.

We are seeking photo-based documentary projects that address a social justice or human rights issue in any region where the Open Society Foundations are active.

Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
  • We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women). All submissions will be considered. The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.
Purpose and Priorities

We are particularly interested in work that provides a fresh perspective and expands the visual language of documentary photography. Therefore, we invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. We seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.

We will cover the cost of: printing/framing; $2,500 participation fee; travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required); and return shipment of photographs.”

For the full prospectus visit: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls.

Deadline December 3rd: PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards

PhotoPhilanthropy
Call for entries: Activist Awards
Wednesday, December 5, 2014, midnight PST

“PhotoPhilanthropy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. The Activist Awards have been established to emphasize the important role of high quality documentary photography and visual storytelling as a vehicle to create meaningful impact and social change.

Photo essays must be entered into one of two categories:

  • Professional Photographer –  $15,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
  • Emerging Photographer – $5,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.

Submission Guidelines
In order to reflect current issues, photographs in the essay must have been taken within the last three years. Long-term projects will be accepted as long as the majority of the photographs were taken within the last three years.

Each photographer may enter up to two essays, and although they can be completed in collaboration with the same nonprofit, the subject matter must be different. Essays entered in previous years may not be resubmitted.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit photophilanthropy.org/award/submission-guidelines.

Deadline October 24th: HCP 2015 Fellowship Exhibition

Houston Center for Photography
Call for Entries: 2015 Fellowship Exhibition

Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2014
Fee: $35 (+ membership $35 = $70)

“Two fellowship recipients will be awarded $3,000 each and a solo exhibition at HCP in the summer of 2015. One Houston-based artist (residing within a 100 mile radius of Houston including the Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station areas) will receive the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and another artist from anywhere in the world, outside the Houston area, will receive the HCP Fellowship.

Juror
Paul Kopeikin, Owner, Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).

Submission Guidelines
All Entrants must be, or become, HCP members at the time of submission.To become an HCP member, click here.

  • Carefully edit a group of no more than 10 images or videos that describe your current lens-based work
  • an artist statement
  • a resume, c/v, or bio
  • specific information for each piece:
    o Title (for identification purposes)
    o Year of exposure
    o Size (height X width)
    o Medium of finished work (inkjet print, chromogenic print, etc.)
    o Pricing (estimate of final print value)
  • Upload all submission materials to callforentry.org.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.hcponline.org/exhibitions/fellowships.

Deadline September 19th: CPW’s Photographers’ Fellowship Fund 2014

The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Call for Entries: Photographers’ Fellowship Fund 2014
Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014

“Since 1980, The Center for Photography at Woodstock has provided regional photographers with significant recognition and support through the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund award. As of 2009, one $2,500 grant is awarded annually to a regional artist working in photography and related media.

To date, CPW has awarded over $74,500 in Photographers’ Fund Fellowships to 86 artists. Past recipients include Kenro Izu, Andrea Modica, Lucinda Devlin, Craig J. Barber, Tanya Marcuse, Isaac Diggs, among others.

Juror
Sasha Wolf, Founder & Director of Sasha Wolf Gallery, NYC.

Eligibility
Only artists working in photography who live in the following New York State Counties are eligible to apply to the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. Proof of residency is required.

Artists working in photography, digital imagery, mixed media and or artwork which incorporate photography are welcome to apply.

Submission Guidelines
To enter, please send:

  • a portfolio of 10 prints OR a CD-ROM formatted with ten JPEGs*
  • the application form (click here to download)
  • image list detailing titles, medium, year, and size (page 2 of the application form)
  • an artist statement and bio
  • proof of residency (i.e. drivers license, mail, utility bill)
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for the return of your work**
  • Submission must be received by September 20th.  Send to:
    attn: Photographers’ Fellowship Fund
    Center for Photography at Woodstock
    59 Tinker Street
    Woodstock, NY 12498

*For print portfolio entries, please do not submit print portfolios larger than 20×30”. If your work is larger than 20×30 you may submit a smaller portfolio along with one sample print and the intended exhibition/display size.

For entries submitted on a CD-ROM, please send JPEGS with a maximum pixel dimension of 2400 pixels wide and/or 1800 pixels high. All work samples must be labeled with your name, phone #, image title, date, size, and media. You may submit one sample print at intended exhibition/display size.”

For the full prospectus visit: www.cpw.org/create/photo-fellowship/how-to-apply.

Deadline July 31st: BURN Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund 2014

BURN Magazine
Call for Submissions: Emerging Photographer Fund 2014
Deadline: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 pm PDT

Entry Fee: $25

“The EPF grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. As we all know by now, this body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

The Emerging Photographer Fund grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit created by the member photographers from Magnum Photos, Inc… Funding for the EPF has come from several private donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.

The grant awarded is a $10,000 grant. The EPF grant was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008, and is awarded by the Magnum Cultural Foundation. Funding for the EPF comes from private donors.

Submission Guidelines

  • Title of the project: 200 characters max
  • Provide a short artist statement about this project: 2000 characters max
  • Provide a short bio: 1000 characters max
  • Has this project been published before?
  • Images must be 1080px on the SHORTEST side, saved as JPG at quality 9 or 10. Video files must be at least 640x480px in size.
  • Provide 1-25 items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each) and PDFs (up to 10MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.”

Visit www.burnmagazine.org/emerging-photographer-grant for the full prospectus and burn.slideroom.com to apply.

Deadline June 30th: Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography

Dotphotozine
Call for Entries: Award for Excellence in Photography
Deadline: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fee: $25 for 15 images.

“Dotphotozine is proud to announce the establishment of the Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. One photographer will receive a $1,000 cash award and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions of Dotphotozine, to be released in September, 2014. We are seeking a coherent body of work by an ambitious photographer. Work derived from all photographic processes, in any style, digital or analog, including mixed media work that is photo based will be accepted. We are not accepting video, or work with multimedia components. Please do not submit vacation photos, personal snapshots or unrelated individual images. The grant is open to all U.S. citizens 21 and over. Current students and the faculty and staff of California State University, San Bernardino are ineligible. 

The editorial board of Dotphotozine will review the entries and base its decision on the quality of the images and statement submitted. Their decision is final. All entrants will receive a copy of Dotphotozine in September 2014, featuring the grantee.

To apply, submit 15 images via the CAFÉ online entry site, a short statement about your work, and $25 submission fee. Applications will be accepted June 1 – July 1, 2014.”

View the full prospectus here: dotphotozine.com/Dot/call-for-entries.

Deadline July 8th: Open Society Engagement Grant

Open Society Foundation
Call for Submissions: Audience Engagement Grant

Deadline: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm EDT

“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites proposals for the 2014 Audience Engagement Grant Program, revised and updated this year to include two tracks of support for project development and project implementation.

We are seeking documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners who use their work to go beyond representing a human rights or justice issue to creating change.

Track One: Project Development
Grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society–organized retreat in December of 2014. This event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, whose nationally recognized workshops provide participants with essential practical tools and strategies to help them move their project and career goals forward. Attendees will become part of a larger Audience Engagement Grant cohort, with opportunities to connect both during the conference and after.  Track One Guidelines PDF.

Track Two: Project Implementation
Grantees will receive funding to execute (or continue executing) their projects as well as attend December’s retreat. Track Two Guidelines PDF.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners who use their work to move target audiences beyond the act of looking, to directly participate in activities or processes that lead to change around an issue.
  • Individuals who establish meaningful partnerships with others committed to realizing change and who bring a complementary set of skills and expertise.
  • Projects that use photography or photo-based art creatively and innovatively to reach a project’s unique audience.
  • Projects with goals that are ambitious, yet realistic and achievable.

Guidelines
Download and carefully review each track’s guidelines here for more detailed information on eligibility and criteria. Submit your applications online at: osf.submittable.com/submit.

If you have questions about which track you should apply for, or if your project is eligible, please contact Anna Overstrom-Coleman at: anna.overstrom-coleman@opensocietyfoundations.org (include the subject line: “Audience Engagement Grant”).

We will hold a webinar information session on Monday, May 19, 2014. Please check our Facebook page in early May for more details on this event.”

View the full prospectus at www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/audience-engagement-grant.

Deadline May 31st: W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
Call for Entries: W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
Deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Fee: $50

“The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

The Smith Grant was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, INC., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2013, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City in early October.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants will need to provide:

  • Background in Photography: Formal education, workshops, apprenticeships, self-teaching, etc.
  • Photographic Experience: Staff positions, freelance work, etc
  • Awards, Grants, Other Qualifications and Distinctions
  • Photographic Essays Previously Completed: Books (Title & publisher), Exhibitions (Title, location & city)
  • Professional References: Include name, address, telephone number
  • Title and Brief Summary of Smith Grant Project
  • The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing.
  • Applicants should include a written proposal that is concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven. It should be no longer than 2 pages and submitted as a microsoft word document.
  • Applicants should provide educational and professional qualifications.
  • Up to 40 images, formatted as such:
    • JPEG
    • At least 1500 pixels on the long dimension
    • Resolution: 72 dpi
    • Name the files with your first and last names and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the file name add a sequence number starting with: 01. Example: John_Smith01.jpg, John_Smith02.jpg, John_Smith03.jpg.”
  • Submit applications online or by mail.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant.

Deadline May 23rd: Aaron Siskind Foundation 2014 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Foundation
2014 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Deadline: May 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm MDT

Entry Fee: $10 USD

“The Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media.

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of IPF grants of up to $10,000 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
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of the United States, who reside in the U.S., and who are at least 21 years of age. Recipients must provide legal proof of eligibility and a verifiable social security number.

Who May Not Apply: Students enrolled in a college degree program. Students who graduate before the 2013 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards. At this time, artists on temporary visas such as the O-1 visa are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Work: Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the works submitted. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work.

Examples of Non-Eligible Work: Film, video, interactive multimedia.

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, and should be 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, Description. Please include the year completed in the Description box.
  • Artist Statement: (500 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)
  • Applicants must apply through the Slideroom application portal here: siskindfoundation.slideroom.com. Applications will not be accepted by any other delivery method.

Previous winners can be found here: www.aaronsiskind.org/recipient.”

For the full prospective visit aaronsiskind.org/grant.html.

 

Deadline May 23rd: 2014 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Foundation
Call for Entries: 2014 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014. 11:59 pm PDT
Application Fee: $10

“The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 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
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of the United States, who reside in the U.S., and who are at least 21 years of age. Recipients must provide legal proof of eligibility and a verifiable social security number.

Who May Not Apply: Students enrolled in a college degree program. Students who graduate before the 2014 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards. At this time, artists on temporary visas such as the O-1 visa are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Work: Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the works submitted. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work. Examples of Non-Eligible Work: Film, video, interactive multimedia.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants must apply through the Slideroom application portal. Applications will not be accepted by any other delivery method. Submission materials include:

  • 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, and should be 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, Description. Please include the year completed in the Description box.
  • Artist Statement: (500 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).”

For the full prospectus visit: aaronsiskind.org/grant.html.

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