Funding the Arts
Call for Entries: The Cord Prize
Deadline: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Fee: $30 for up to 16 images
“The Cord Prize is an international contemporary art award established to support and acknowledge the practice of early and mid-career visual artists. The award comprises an individual first prize of $10,000, second prize of $1,000 and third prize of $500. Additionally, twenty-two artists will be selected for online exhibition and a piece of writing will be commissioned from the award jurors.
Photography has become a universally accepted, unchallenged, medium of contemporary art. Concomitantly, photography’s capacity to influence our everyday lives has become exponentially important with the ubiquity of visual social media and the opening up of the possibilities for us to communicate and disseminate our photographic images independently of institutional support.
Diana Edkins has been a visionary in the fine art photography world since 1969. Over the course of her eclectic career as a curator, editor, author, and advisor, she has published over 28 books. From 2002 until 2009 she held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Limited-Edition Photographs at Aperture where she produced, organized and curated over forty exhibitions.
Charlotte Cotton is one of the mostly highly respected and well-known writers and curators of photography today. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, London and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The inaugural Cord Prize invites early and mid-career artists who are working within the field of photography to apply.
- 16 images from a body of work. Images should be:
- In JPEG format
- Up to 1500 pixels on the longest side
- 1mb maximum file size per image
- All photographic media and processes are eligible
- Statement explaining the ideas behind your work. The statement should not exceed 400 words.
- $30 submission fee
- Register online at cordprize.com/register1.”
Visit cordprize.com for the full prospectus, details about the jurors, and FAQs.
“The Howard Chapnick Grant was introduced in 1996 to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.
The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.
Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.
The application form for the Howard Chapnick Grant can be downloaded in PDF form here (180 KB). Additional applications may be obtained by writing to:
The Howard Chapnick Grant
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
c/o International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036 – USA”
View the full prospectus at: smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant.
“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.
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:
- 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 visit: smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant.
Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2013
The spring call for entries begins May 15 and closes June 15, 2013.
“TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.
TheDocumentaryProjectFund call-for-entry is open to emerging and established still photographers. All applicants must have the appropriate skill level necessary to plan and execute a documentary project. Selected artists will have six months to complete the photographic work.
Each call-for-entry is intended to fund one project and will award up to $5000. That project should be a future project and not one in progress. The fund may grant project support to photographers working in conjunction with another nonprofit, provided that group will match our funding.
Submission deadlines are December 15 and June 15. Each application must include:
Submit applications in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Your name(s), mailing address, email, phone number(s) and a web site (optional) should appear at the top of each page. All entries will be submitted electronically via email, in English, as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Project Statement: 1 page maximum
- Budget: 1 page maximum
- Personal Statement: 1 page maximum
Think of this as your mission statement. In one page tell why your work is important. Detail your beliefs about community, the arts and education. Explain how you plan to complete the work in the time frame allowed by discussing how you’ve managed past projects. Page two will be your current resume. Include references.
- Images: 10-15 total
Provide a cohesive set of images that illustrate your photographic skills and your experience with the documentary form. You can use a previous project or you can put together a group of images that work well with each other and feel like a project. We want a sample of work that gives us a sense of your photographic and project management skills as well as your vision. Don’t send us an unrelated group of single images. Don’t send us your vacation snapshots.
There are two acceptable ways to submit your photographic work:
- Use an online email service such as YouSendIt or DropSend. This will allow you to email large, zipped files. The images should be:
- JPEG format and sized to 1024 pixels in width for horizontals, 768 pixels in height for verticals.
- Titled as such: Lastname_firstname_projecctimagenumber (ex: smith_john_barbershop1)
- Use your own professional website or a cloud service such as MediaFire, Windows Live, SkyDrive or Box. Do not send us a link to your Facebook page, your Flickr, Shutterfly or other similar accounts. Be sure we are linked directly to the image gallery you want us to evaluate. Include this link with the written portion of your submission.”
“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.
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.
- 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. They will be projected for the panelists via high-definition digital projectors and viewed at roughly 30 x 40 inches per image. Images must be standard baseline JPEG files with the .jpg extension. The recommended color profile is sRGB. Maximum file size is 1.8 MB. Image size can be no larger than 1920 x 1920 pixels (smaller images will be shown against a 1920 x 1920 black background). Images should be 72 PPI; any higher will unnecessarily increase your file size.
- Text descriptors for each image: Title, Year Completed, Medium, Dimensions
Note: There are also fields for image “Value” and “Description” in the application. We don’t include this information in our review process. “Description” can be left blank. $0.00 can be entered for image “Value”. Whatever you enter in these fields — it will not be seen by jurors.
- Work 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).”
Further details and to apply visit www.callforentry.org.
“Each summer two artists are invited for one-month residencies at PPAC. The residencies support talented, self-directed emerging artists, living in the Philadelphia region, in realizing their goals and visions. This residency offers artists the time to focus on their work, cultivate new ideas and understand their process, while also providing financial and collegial resources to create work. Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, printing, scanning or editing for a specific project or book, etc.
Each month-long residency includes a $4,000 stipend, staff support to assist with projects, and extended access to PPAC’s digital lab. PPAC’s regular rates for lab rentals and digital services apply. Travel and living costs are the responsibility of the resident.
Applicants should submit a proposal outlining their project plans. Proposals may include the continuation or completion of work already in process, or the creation of new work. The timeline for each residency will be between the months of June – September. Dates will be coordinated and finalized in conversation with PPAC and the winning artists.
- Emerging artist is defined as one who has a limited numbers of years engaged with the medium of photography. Emerging is in no way defined by age.
- The Artist in Residence program is intended to support working artists, student photographers are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants must live in Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey.
- Letter of Intent describing plans for residency (maximum of one page)
- Resume/CV with contact information
- Artist’s statement (maximum of one page)
- 15- 25 jpegs of work related to the intended project, or recent work if applying for a new project.
- 3 professional references.
- Applications can only be submitted at: philaphotoarts.slideroom.com
There is a $10 application fee. This fee is for use of the online application form, no funds are collected by PPAC. No refund can be given for any reason. Winners will be announced on May 15th by email.
PPAC’s Artist in Residence Committee will review the application materials. The Artist in Residence Committee is not able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.”
“The Emerging Photographer Grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. 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 grants awarded are: one $10,000 grant and two $2,500 grants.
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.
- 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? If yes, provide the details of the publication:
- All uploaded images must be EXACTLY 1080px on the SHORTEST side, saved as JPG at quality 9 or 10.
- Video files can be a .mov, a .wmv or a .flv file format, with minimum dimensions 640x480px.
- Provide 1-25 items. Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.”
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 $5000 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 $5000 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.
Application and Fee
In order to submit your application you will first need to create an Entry Thingy account here.
Application fee is $25.
Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 500 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.
- A portfolio of 20 to 25 images; submitted digitally via the online application process.
- Each image file must be in jpeg format at 72 dpi and 720 pixels wide (10 in).
-Save your images at the highest setting available (usually 10 or 12).
-Name your files with your last name, then first name and a title. Use an underscore to separate the names and title. At the end of the file name, add a sequence number starting with 01. Example: Doe_Jane_The Farm_01.jpg, Doe_Jane_The Farm_02.jpg, Doe_Jane_The Farm_03.jpg.
-You must add caption information and the year that you created the image. Enter and upload each image file and its accompanying information one at a time. After you have uploaded all of the files, you will be able to review and rearrange the sequence of your portfolio.
- A concise description of your work (2-4 sentences), 260 characters maximum, which the jurors will see alongside your portfolio. The ‘Description of work’ is not the project statement.
- A written project statement of not more than 500 words, explaining your project’s scope and significance. Please include your plans on how you would use the grant.
- A biography or resume/CV of not more than 500 words, describing awards, publications and other career highlights.
- A $25 application fee will be directed through PayPal immediately after you have uploaded your application.”
For the full prospectus, click here.
“The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 21 group exhibition, scheduled to open in New York in the fall 2013. The Moving Walls exhibition series showcases documentary photography that highlights human rights and social issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C.
For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain exposure for their projects, as well as the social justice or human rights issues they address. In addition to a $2,500 honorarium, photographers receive their professionally produced exhibitions at the end of the exhibition tour in New York and Washington, D.C.
Each Moving Walls exhibit highlights issues or geographic regions where the Open Society Foundations are active. Priority is given to work whose subject has not been recently addressed in Moving Walls, and special consideration is given to long-term work produced over years of commitment to an issue or community. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of the work has been completed.
Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
Photographers working in their home countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.”
Deadline January 23rd: CENTER Choice Awards, Project Grant, Project Launch Grant, Santa Fe Prize and Teaching Award
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. The winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.
Curator’s Choice: Tina Schelhom, Curator, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Georgia & Founding Director, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
Editor’s Choice: Susan White, Photography Director, Vanity Fair
Gallerist’s Choice: Lauren Panzo, Director, Pace/MacGill Gallery
Project Development Grant
The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the works final stages.
This grant is awarded to fine art or documentary 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.
Juror: Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Book Program, Aperture
Project Launch Grant
The Project Launch grant is presented to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a $10,000 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 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.
Santa Fe Prize
The biennial Santa Fe Prize for Photography recognizes and supports a gifted and committed photographer who has completed, or is near completion of, a meaningful body of work. Cash prize of $10,000 and participation in Review Santa Fe.
Juror: Maggie Blanchard, Director, Twin Palms Publishing
The Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college or postgraduate teacher’s dedication with a $3,000 award. Educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible, including fine art, documentary, history and criticism.
Juror: Stephan Hillerbrand, University of Houston, Houston, TX”
Visit CENTER’s website for submission details, www.visitcenter.org/competitions.