Funding the Arts
“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 nearly $72,000 in Photographers’ Fund Fellowships to 85 artists. Past recipients include Kenro Izu, Andrea Modica, Lucinda Devlin, Craig J. Barber, Tanya Marcuse, Isaac Diggs, among others.
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.
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.
Fellowship 14 International Photography Competition
Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT
Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a Call for Entries for Fellowship 14, our international photography competition. Now in its 14th year, this competition recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.
- One (1) International Award Winner receives a solo exhibition at Silver Eye opening late-January 2014; $3,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
- One (1) Keystone Award Winner, reserved for a Pennsylvania artist, receives a spotlight exhibition in late-January 2014; $1,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
- Five (5) Judges’ Commendation Winners will be named on Silver Eye’s website and press releases.
Linda Benedict-Jones is Curator of Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this, Linda served as the Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography from 1999 to 2008 and has also served as Curator of Education at The Frick Art & Historical Center (Pittsburgh, PA). Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Visual Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 and has taught courses in photography at a number of universities including the London College of Printing, England; Harvard Extension School; and Carnegie Mellon University.
Fees & Eligibility
$15 for current Silver Eye members at the $40 level and above, with membership valid through January 31, 2014.
$60 for non-Silver Eye members.
Those interested in becoming a member or renewing their membership at the time of submission may do so at the $40 membership level and then pay an additional $15 to submit—a $5 savings, for a total cost of $55.
All U.S. and international amateur and professional photographers, age 18 and older at the time of submission, may apply.
Silver Eye staff and their relatives, board members, current interns, and past Fellowship winners are not eligible to apply.
Award recipients will be selected by the juror on the basis of exceptional, distinctive talent as evidenced by the strength of their submitted portfolios. The juror is especially interested in seeing portfolios with a strong narrative thrust and highly individual, original points of view.
The submission you are entering is comprised of three individual items:
- One-page Artist’s Statement in PDF format
- Biography or CV in PDF format
- Work sample:
- Submit up to ten (10) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work created within the past three years.
Or, if from an ongoing project, the portfolio must include images created within the past three years.
- Submitted work may not have been previously exhibited at Silver Eye or in the Greater Pittsburgh region.
- For the best image quality and fast upload, image files must be no larger than 1,500 pixels wide, saved as a .JPG size 8.
- Submit up to ten (10) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work created within the past three years.
Submissions will be accepted via Silver Eye’s website.
Complete the online application form, upload media, and submit fees.”
For the complete prospectus visit silvereye.org/fellowship-14.
“The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to announce the names of the 14 finalists for the 2013 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
- Julie Anand and Damon Sauer (Phoenix AZ)
- Jeremiah Ariaz (Baton Rouge LA)
- JT Blatty (New Orleans LA)
- Ben Depp (New Orleans LA)
- Benjamin Dimmitt (New York NY)
- AnnieLaurie Erickson (New Orleans LA)
- Tommy Kha (Brooklyn NY)
- Tommy Matthews (Brookline MA)
- Anne Arden McDonald (Brooklyn NY)
- Walker Pickering (Austin TX)
- Jeff Rich (Savannah GA)
- Saul Robbins (New York NY)
- Krista Steinke (Cypress TX)
- Paul Thulin (Richmond VA)
The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance 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.
Russell Lord, the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is the 2013 juror. The 134 submissions were prescreened by Arthur Roger, of Arthur Roger Gallery, Victoria Ryan, photographer, educator and NOPA Board Member, and Crista Dix of Wallspace Gallery, who narrowed the entries down to 100 portfolios. From these, Mr. Lord selected 14 finalists whose work he will review in print form to select a single winner. The New Orleans Photo Alliance will announce the 2013 CJL Award recipient on October 1, 2013.”
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: email@example.com.
- 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.”