Funding the Arts

Seattle, May 5 & 6: Early-bird rate available now for Fifth Annual “Collaboration for Cause” Conference

May 5, 2017toMay 6, 2017

MAY 5 & 6, Seattle:  Blue Earth Alliance, in partnership with PhotoWings, presents the Fifth Annual Collaborations for Cause visual storytelling event at the Seattle Public Library. MVS joins a stellar roster of presenters to help artists secure funding for their long-term projects. Space is limited. Take advantage of “Early Bird” pricing and reserve your tickets today – the opportunity to save expires April 10th.

A limited number of tuition Scholarships are available as well, thanks to the generosity of event sponsors:  complete this form if interested.

 

Planning underway for 2017 MVS Master Class (Mid-January, Tucson); apply soon as few spaces remain

Planning is underway for my 2017 Master Class, taking place mid-January in beautiful Tucson (application required).  This course is ideal for the artist serious about their practice and the advancement of their career in the fine art market.  Lectures by myself and our invited guests, along with strategic site visits provide a realistic window on the field today.  Apply soon; space is limited.

“Attending Mary Virginia Swanson’s workshop was invaluable for me.  Her deep knowledge of the fine art photography market is exceptional with few peers.  Every element and topic is a wealth of knowledge providing a detailed road map of what and how to advance one’s artistic career.  Mary’s insight is focused, clear and results oriented.  Attending the workshop was an eye-opener for me on the practicalities of marketing my own artwork.  Mary’s workshop is a must-have for anyone serious about advancing their career.  – Ken H.

MVS speaking on Photobooks in Dallas next Friday, November 11th

November 11, 2016
7:00 pm

Interesting in knowing more about publishing a book of your photographs? MVS will be presenting “TO BE PUBLISHED, OR SELF-PUBLISH? in Dallas, Texas on Friday evening November 11th from  7-9 pm at the ATT Center’s Hamon Hall (inside the Winspear Opera House).  This event is hosted by Texas Photographic Society and the Dallas Center for Photography.   In conjunction with the talk, a number of Dallas-based artists will be bringing examples of their books to share with participants; book signing to follow.  Register here: http://www.dallascenterforphotography.com/classes-and-workshops/dcp-speaker-series/

20% Discount on MVS’ lecture at PhotoPlus Expo: Friday, October 21st NYC

PDN is offering a 20% Discount to the first 100 people who register for MVS’ seminar “TO BE PUBLISHED, OR SELF PUBLISH?” using the link below.

DATE: Friday afternoon, October 21st at PhotoPlus Expo, 4:30 – 6:30 in the lower level education center (south end of the Javits Center near the Portfolio Reviews area).

Register in advance using this link:

https://l.feathr.co/photoplus-expo-mary-virginia-swanson-g

Deadline Extended to September 15th: Visura The 2016 Photojournalism Grant

Visura
Call for Submissions: The 2016 Photojournalism Grant
Deadline: Thursday September 15, 2016 (11:59 PM UTC)

“The 2016 Photojournalism Grant empowers photojournalists by supporting their work, mission, and career. Visura awards one winner with a $5000 cash prize. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Lucie Awards in New York City on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

The Grant has a three-tiered mission:

  1. recognize and support professional photojournalists worldwide;
  2. support an ongoing or a new project;
  3. get the work of photojournalists in front of key industry editors and buyers worldwide.

Judges

  • Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, The New York Times Magazine
  • Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist
  • Hideko Kataoka, Director of Photography, Newsweek Japan
  • Nicolas Jimenez, Director of Photoraphy, Le Monde
  • Maggie Steber, Photojournalist

General Requirements
Your application must include the items listed below. There is no entry fee during the application process.

  • Who can submit: Photojournalists worldwide. All Applicants must have an active PLUS, PRIME or GUILD membership account to submit for consideration.
  • How to submit: All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura’s dashboard.
  • What to submit: Each Entry consists of a project made up of a series of images (minimum of 15 images, maximum 35), a short synopsis and a long written reflection about the project
    • Image Specs: minimum 1600px on the longest dimension (22.5 inches @ 72 dpi, JPG format)
    • Text: Include a short synopsis and a long written reflection about the project, in first-person, saved as the Project Text. Ex. What is the story or project about? Where does it take place? If more than one place, please specify. If completed, when was it photographed? If ongoing, when did you begin the story/project? What is the story you want to convey?

Application Procedure

  • All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura photographer’s dashboard
  • Projects may be ongoing or a recently completed project
  • Image size: minimum 1600px on the longest dimension (22.5 inches @ 72 dpi, JPG format)
  • Include a written reflection, in first-person, as the Project text (see below for details)
  • Limit one project per photographer
  • Projects may be ‘published’ or ‘private’ within the Visura system

For the complete prospectus visit: http://visura.co/assignments/submit/13.

Deadline May 31st: TheDocumentaryProjectFund

TheDocumentaryProjectFund
Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

“TheDocumentaryProjectFund, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving communities through photography, would like to announce its Fall 2015 Fall Call for Entries. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2015 through November 15, 2015. Two awards will be given:

  • A $5000 award to an established photographer
  • A $3500 Emerging Vision Award will go to a photographer who is either in the beginning stages of a career or undergoing a career transition.

TheDPF is looking for talented documentary photographers proposing visually exciting, issue oriented projects within or around their communities.

For more information and to apply visit: thedocumentaryprojectfund.org.”

Deadline June 1st: PhotoWings Flash Grants 2016

PhotoWings
Call for Submissions: Flash Grants 2016
Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

“Our photographic world is so dynamic and is changing almost by the minute. In a world where everyone’s a photographer and photography is so ubiquitous, the potential for utilizing photography in innovative ways is daunting, exciting and unlimited.

At PhotoWings, we work hard to explore creative and thoughtful ways to utilize photography across disciplines, cultures and generations to further deep thinking and communication.  Photographs can help build 21st century skills and encourage social emotional learning (SEL).

We’ve had extraordinary success finding like-minded partners to help further our mission and would now like to engage the AshokaSPE, and other educator communities for your ideas. We are purposely making our Flash Grants “up to” $1000 and “up to” $5000 each based on the (depth-reach-complexity-budget) of the applications we receive. We’d like to receive your input on any scale—from a one-off idea to a full-blown project. PhotoWings has supported the creation of toolkits or curricula related to important photography projects that have demonstrated the potential to impact many people and create ripples. The idea is to not only make an impact, but to create something that can be replicated, adapted or serve as inspiration for a new project.

Category One
Up to $1000 for an idea or curriculum that utilizes content from the PhotoWings website.

Category Two
Up to $5000 to fund a photography project that is cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and/or intergenerational.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: http://photowings.org/flashgrants/.
Or download a PDF of the prospectus here.

Deadline May 9th: Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize

Duke University | Center for Documentary Studies
Call for Submissions: Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize
Deadline: Monday, May 9, 2016
Fee: $65

“First announced in 1990, the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize was created by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. In 1941 Lange and Taylor published An American Exodus, a book that renders human experience eloquently in text and images and remains a seminal work in documentary studies.

In 2011, in recognition of the changing environment in which documentary artists conduct their work, the Center for Documentary Studies decided to reframe the prize guidelines. The re-launched Lange-Taylor Prize supports artists, working alone or in teams, who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The idea of “writing” has been expanded to allow words to be represented by audio and video or used in graphic novel format. As in the past, edited oral histories, creative narratives, and poetry (that is both personal and social) are also encouraged.

The winner receives $10,000, features in Center for Documentary Studies’ print and digital publications, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Eligibility
The Lange-Taylor Prize is open to documentary artists of any age and nationality who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. Single artists as well as collaborative teams are eligible.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants upload portfolio and submit payment online to http://dukearts.slideroom.com:

  • 

Applicants may submit a portfolio of any combination of the below, for a maximum of 20 uploads:
    • Up to 19 images (photographs/graphics + text) in digital format from an ongoing project (jpg/pdf). Please label images with captions, to include title, year, format. and/or
    • Up to 15-pages of double-spaced writing (edited oral history, descriptive narrative, poetry) from an ongoing project in pdf format. Please include name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.
      Note: In the case of a combined pdf of writing and photographs, the document should include no more than 19 images and no more than the equivalent of 15 pages of double-spaced writing.  and/or

    • Up to 10 minutes total of time-based media (whether audio, narrated slide show, video) (mp3/mp4/mov) from an ongoing project. Please label uploads with title, year, format. SlideRoom can also accept links to YouTube/Vimeo.
  • 1-page project description (pdf). Please provide context for the material you are submitting—the nature, duration, and future of the project, where and when the submitted work was made, and your ultimate intentions for the work. How will winning the Lange-Taylor Prize further your work on this project?
  • 1-page statement (pdf) that addresses the use and relationship of words and images in your work. If your project combines audio recordings, text, photographs, and video, for instance, please submit a sample of each and address how these elements “rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation” of your work. How is this interplay advantageous in fulfilling the goals of your documentary project?
  • 1-page biography or C.V. for each project partner (pdf).”

For the full prospectus visit: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/dorothea-lange-paul-taylor-prize.

Deadline May 6th: Prix VIRGINIA International Photography Prize for Women

Prix VIRGINIA International Photography Prize for Women
Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016

“The Prix VIRGINIA is organized by the Association SYLVIA S. It recognizes the work of a woman photographer.

It is awarded in accordance with the following rules:

The Prix VIRGINIA, awarded every other year, beginning in 2012, is open to all living professional women photographers, regardless of age or nationality, with the exception of photojournalisms and advertising. Photographs submitted for the Prix VIRGINIA must not have been exhibited in France. Requests for assistance with projects, reporting, or exhibitions will not be considered.

The Jury is composed of eight key cultural figures who deliberate and designate the Winner. Members serve one two-year term, with the exception of the President and a representative of M, the magazine of le Monde.

Awards

  • 10,000€ from the Association SYLVIA S.
  • Publication of the winner’s work in M, the magazine of Le Monde.
  • Be-pôles, which publishes the collection Portraits de Villes will offer the winner carte blanche to photography the city of her choice.
  • Exhibition in L’Espace photographique de l’Hôtel de Sauroy in Paris, supported by the generous partnership of he lab Central Dupon Images.
  • L’Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe publishes in its season program the work of one of the 11 photographers selected by the Jury.
  • Editions Filigranes publishes a box-book with the winner’s and the Jury’s choice photographies.

All informational and promotional materials used during these exhibitions and publications must include the mention “© Prix VIRGINIA 2016”.

The Winner will be announced during a formal, public ceremony by the President of the Jury at a date announced after the deliberations in Paris, in the presence of the Winner, the Jury, and the media.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: http://www.prixvirginia.com.

Deadline April 30th: The 15th Annual Inge Morath Award

Magnum Foundation | Inge Morath Foundation
Call for Submissions: The 15th Annual Inge Morath Award
Deadline:
Saturday, April 30, 2016

“The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the 15th annual Inge Morath Award. The annual award of $5,000 is given to a female photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers and the director of the Inge Morath Foundation.

Project Presentation 

  • Your submission must be delivered as a PDF file. (How do I create a PDF with a Mac? How do I create a PDF with a PC?)
  • The first page of your PDF should show your name and the title of your project. Each subsequent page should present a single photograph (unless groups of images are required) with caption (if relevant), using the full frame of the PDF page.
  • Please do NOT format your PDF as a slideshow. Also, please do not password-protect your file.

Image Specifications

  • Your image submission must include 40 – 60 photographs (1200 pixels on the longest side @ 150 DPI saved as a JPEG compression at 8 minimum).
  • Create a folder containing your individual images. Please use numbered filenames indicating the image sequence, with the number coming first in the file name and then last name; for example: 01_Smith, 02_Smith, 03_Smith etc. (use only two digit numbers; 01, 02, 03, etc.).

Required Support Material

  • Project description. This should describe the project and how the Award will be used to complete work on the project.
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) including name, email address, telephone number, and mailing address.
  • Scan of ID clearly showing date of birth. All applicants must be under the age of 30 on April 30th, 2016 (in other words, if April 30th is your birthday, and you’re turning 30, then you’re no longer eligible to submit a proposal).”

For the full prospectus and to submit visit https://ingemorath.submittable.com/submit.

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