Funding the Arts
“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.
Like Lange and Taylor, and all serious documentarians, the competitive applicants to this prize have a point of view derived from an in-depth understanding of place, history, and the current situation, in concert with a personal relationship to the proposed work. Ultimately, their commitment is to use documentary expression to motivate the thinking and reflection of others.
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.
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.
Applicants may submit a portfolio of any combination of the below, for a maximum of 20 uploads. The submission guidelines are designed to accommodate a wide variety of projects. Please submit your materials in a form that best represents your project via http://dukearts.slideroom.com.”
For the full prospectus and variations on media accepted for submission, visit: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/dorothea-lange-paul-taylor-prize/how-to-enter.
“The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.
The upcoming prize competition will be for photography. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and will have his or her work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as on the Center’s website. The winner’s work will also be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.
The 2014 prize, for photography, was given to Iveta Vaivode for “Somewhere on a Disappearing Path,” in which she explores the rural landscape and, perhaps, the last inhabitants, of Pilcene, Latvia, to create a new family album, one full of images of memories she’s imagined.
You will be asked to provide the following:
- 15 film or digital photographs in original format (for example, 35mm, 4×5, or 8×10.)
Please label scans with title, year, and format.
- 1-page statement in pdf format
Please provide context for the photographic essay you are submitting, including the duration of your project and whether it is completed or ongoing. Describe your intentions for the work. Also, if some of your images have been published together in essay form, please include information about where and when they appeared, and how the essay as submitted for the competition is different (or not).
- 1-page biography or C.V. in pdf format
- $35 entry fee
Applicants upload work and submit payment online to http://dukearts.slideroom.com from November 2, 2015, to February 16, 2016. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email.
For the full prospectus, previous award recipients, and FAQs visit: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/cds-documentary-essay-prize.
Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2015
“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.
We are 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.”
“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 $76,000 in Photographers’ Fund Fellowships to 87 artists. Past recipients include Kenro Izu, Andrea Modica, Lucinda Devlin, Craig J. Barber, Tanya Marcuse, Isaac Diggs, among others. To view the archive of past recipients, click here.
Vince Aletti, Photography Critic, The New Yorker.
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.”
For the full prospectus visit: www.cpw.org/create/photo-fellowship.
Excited to be teaching an intensive workshop helping photographers understand the path to completion of their projects. What do you need to complete yours? Finding like-minded people is key, whether they can provide access, cash or in-kind donations. Join me on two consecutive Saturdays in NYC, the same week as Photoville and the NY Artbook Fair. And, the Emmet Gowin exhibition “Hidden Likeness” will be in its final days at the Morgan Library.
Join us! This class is held on two consecutive Saturdays in September: 12th, and 19th, 11-6 each day; class size is limited.
“The Solas Prize is a new collaboration between Source magazine and the Gallery of Photography Ireland. It will be judged by a panel of five curators / editors from leading photography organisations in Chicago, Salzburg, Rotterdam, Dublin and Belfast. The deadline for submissions is 19 July. The winners will be announced in December this year.
The prizes consist of an individual first prize of $10,000, a second prize of $1,000 and a third prize of $500. The work selected for prizes will be exhibited in The Solas Awards Exhibition at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin and published and distributed worldwide in Source magazine with a commissioned essay. Additionally, 22 artists will be selected for an online exhibition and everyone submitting work will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Source magazine.
Furthermore, work by Irish photographers, or work that was substantially made in Ireland is eligible for the Solas Ireland Awards. Three winners’ work will be included in The Solas Awards Exhibition and will each receive a 3-month artist’s residency at Gallery of Photography Ireland. Their work will be exhibited in a curated three-person show at Fotohof, Salzburg in 2016 for which they will receive a production and travel bursary.
- Natasha Egan, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP)
- Frits Gierstberg, the chief exhibitions curator at Nederlands Fotomuseum
- Herman Seidl, a photographer and curator at Fotohof in Austria
- Tanya Kiang, a curator and director of the Gallery of Photography in Dublin
- John Duncan, an artist and editor of Source magazine.
The objective of the award is to discover new work. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, on any theme or subject, and can include up to 12 images.
To submit work to the award, go to the Register/Log-in button at the top right of the website. You will receive an email confirming registration.
- Submit up to 12 images for the entry fee of $30.
- Images should be in jpeg format, up to 1500 pixels on the longest side with a 1mb maximum file size.
- You should also submit a short text about the work you are submitting of no more than 400 words.
- The deadline for submissions is 19th July 2015.
- If you have further questions or submission problems email us at .”
For the full prospectus and to submit visit: http://solasprize.com.
“The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) in 2010 to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply. The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles, and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.
- $25 application fee, to be directed through Paypal immediately after your application has been successfully uploaded.
- A portfolio of 10 – 20 images. Images can originate in any format but must be submitted digitally through our online application process.
- Each image submitted should be in jpeg format, 12 inches on the longer side, sized at 72 pixels per inch, saved at the highest setting available (usually 10 or 12). Name your files with your last name then first name and image title using underscores to separate. Example: Doe_Jane_ImageTitle.jpg
- Each image submitted will also require a title, dimensions, materials (specifying print medium, i.e. toned silver gelatin print) and year created. Each image file and its accompanying information will be entered and uploaded one at a time. You will have the opportunity to review and rearrange the sequence of your portfolio after all files have been uploaded.
- A concise description of work, limited to 260 characters maximum, which will be visible to the juror alongside your image portfolio.
- A written statement explaining your images, process and intent, 500 words maximum. A Word document should be copied and pasted into the appropriate area at the beginning of the application form.
- Biography or resume/CV. A Word document file should be copied and pasted into the appropriate area at the beginning of the application form.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: http://neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/CJL_Award/guidelines.php.
“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 2015.
The Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury every year. The jury meets twice. At its first session it reviews all the applications and proposals, and selects finalists primarily on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. The finalists are only then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal, and to answer questions about their project.
At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.
You must register on this website by clicking the ‘Apply for Grant’ link on the side navigation. There is a $50 fee for grant consideration. No preliminary materials will be returned. Applicants should submit:
- A Bio and/or CV submitted as a PDF not to exceed 2 pages. Name the file with your first and last name and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the filename add CV.
- The Project Proposal submitted as a PDF and not to exceed 2 pages. Name the file with your first and last name and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the filename add PP. This proposal should be titled and lead with a one paragraph executive summary of the project. The proposal following should be concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven. The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing.
- IMAGES: Applicants can submit up to 40 images total. These should consist of representative images from the project being proposed to the W. Eugene Smith Fund. The applicant can include in his/her submission, past work that represents the candidate’s vision and his or her ability to execute the project being proposed to the fund. The images must conform to the following specifications: JPEG files with 1500 pixels on the long dimension saved at 72 dpi. Name the files with your first and last name 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.”
For the full prospectus, grant requirements, and to apply visit: http://smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant.
“The year 2010 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor documentary prize. First announced a year after the Center for Documentary Studies’ founding at Duke University, the prize was created 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, we decided to reframe the prize guidelines. The relaunched 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 updated guidelines expand on the idea of “writing” by allowing words to be represented by audio or 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 new guidelines require that artists have already started their fieldwork and have collected representative samples of the project’s component parts. However, please note, the guidelines no longer stipulate that a writer and a photographer collaborate on a project. Single artists or collaborative teams working with text/audio/photographs/video/graphic novel format may apply.
The winner receives $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.”
For the complete overview and details on how to enter, visit: documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/dorothea-lange-paul-taylor-prize/how-to-enter.
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.