Funding the Arts

Deadline EXTENDED June 8th: Gene Smith Grant

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation
Call for Submissions: Gene Smith Grant
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018  Friday, June 8, 2018
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 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography 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 2018, the amount of the grant will be $35,000. 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 on October 17, 2018.

The Jury
The Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury every year. The jury meets twice. At its first session the Jury reviews the required materials: applications and proposals and photographs, all submitted electronically. It selects a small number of Finalists on the basis of the substantive and intellectual merit of their project. Finalists will be given the opportunity in a short period of time to refine their proposals and to answer specific questions from the Jury about their project. Finalists are also asked to produce and to deliver a 1-3 minute video with audio describing their proposal. These videos will be shown at the Smith Grant Ceremony in October.

At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials including the 1-3 minute video, and it proceeds to select and to notify the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.

At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.”

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

Deadline TODAY, June 5th: The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography
Deadline: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2018 GRANT GUIDELINES
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 cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project.

JUROR: Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art

MPS 2018 Award Details: $5,000 cash award | Featured exhibition in the NOPA Gallery | online exhibition permanently archived on the NOPA website.

ELIGIBILITY
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 grants. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region but the photographers main residence must be within these 5 states.”

For the full prospectus and to see previous MPS winners visit: http://neworleansphotoalliance.org/photography-grants-new-orleans/.

Deadline May 18th: 2018 Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant

Aaron Siskind Foundation
Call for Submissions: 2018 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant
Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
Fee: $25

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: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Please note: students who will graduate before the 2018 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards.

Eligible Work: Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. The use of the lens must be pivotal. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work.

Requirements:

  • 10 images
  • Artist Statement (250 words maximum)
  • Career Summary/CV/Short Bio (500 words maximum)
  • Entry Fee: $25.00
  • Applications must be submitted through the Slideroom application portal at siskindfoundation.slideroom.com.

Fellowship recipients will be notified after the application review process is complete. Names of recipients and panelists will be announced shortly thereafter. The decisions of the Aaron Siskind Foundation and its designated judging panel as to who receives fellowship support will be final, private, and without appeal. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist’s creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. Award funds will be taxable to recipients in Tax Year 2018.”

Deadline May 15th: Women Photograph 2018 Project Grants

Women Photograph
Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Fees: None

Women Photograph + Nikon Grants
These $5,000 grants will support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity.

Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application. The images need not be related to the project proposal. Multimedia projects are welcome.

Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant
Women Photograph has partnered with Getty Images to award a $10,000 grant in support of an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Applicants should submit portfolios of 20-25 images indicating that a substantial amount of work has already been completed, and that the photographer has a clear vision of what further work is needed to complete the project. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to – and engagement with – the communities they cover.

Upcoming January Deadlines: Aperture Portfolio Prize / CatchLight Fellowship / NY Portfolio Reviews

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

The first-prize winner will be featured in Aperture Magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and an exhibition in New York.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.picter.com/aperture/portfolio-prize-2018/

2018 CatchtLight Fellowship
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“CatchLight exists because we believe in the power of visual storytelling to drive social change. In an increasingly divided landscape, there has never been a better time to bind our world together with empathy and compassion. A CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator — a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. We are seeking storytellers who use art as a catalyst to spark new conversations, and whose work is poised to be significantly amplified by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://catchlight.submittable.com/submit/102315/2018-catchlight-fellowship.

2018 New York Portfolio Review
Deadline Thursday, January 25, 2018

“Since we believe that only the quality of your work should matter — not who you know, how much money you have or your race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation, we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, video producers, gallery owners and curators on April 21st and 22nd.

Applications are now open for the free (yes, free) sixth annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog, the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and United Photo Industries. Participation is open to anyone over 18 years, and all types of photography will be considered.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/03/multimedia/new-york-portfolio-review-2018.html.

Deadline January 15th: EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018

EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018
Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018

“The 3rd Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will:

  • award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per,
  • participation in a 2018 Fellowship Group Exhibition,
  • feature the Fellows in the 2018 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions, and
  • provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities.

En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.
  • Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply BUT only one photographer can submit the application.
  • Previous fellowship recipients must wait three years before they can reapply.
  • Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2015.

WHO CANNOT APPLY

  • Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and or photography degree program at the time of application submission.
  • En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.

AWARD NOTIFICATION
The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email.  The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance, $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Create an account with Submittable.com.
  2. A written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance.
  3. A one-page resume & 200-word biography.
  4. A 200-word artist statement about your work.
  5. 5-7 images (5 images are required, additional 2 are optional) , Follow the sizing guidelines.
  6. Head shot (300 dpi jpeg only).

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application.  We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts.

PANEL PROCESS
The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors.  Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: https://enfoco.submittable.com/submit

Deadline April 29th: HCB Award 2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation
Call for Entries: HCB Award 2017
Deadline: Saturday, April 29, 2017

“Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach. The candidate must be supported by an institution — museum, gallery, independent curator, publisher, etc.

The HCB Award is presented once every two years and grants the indivisible amount of 35 000 euros.

A pre-selection committee reviews all applications. The jury members can access all dossiers during the final deliberations. The winner is selected by an international jury of seven prominent personalities of the art world.  Each jury member has one voice. The final decision of the jury remains undisputable. The winner’s artwork project will be exhibited at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and published as a book, in the spring 2019.

For the complete prospectus visit: http://www.henricartierbresson.org/en/hcb-prize/prize.
For Application Dossier PDF click here.

Deadline April 30th: Inge Morath Award

The Inge Morath Foundation | Magnum Foundation
Call for Entries: Inge Morath Award
Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017

“The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation are pleased to announce the 16th annual Inge Morath Award, a $5,000 grant given to a female photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One Awardee and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers, the Executive Director of the Magnum Foundation, and Inge Morath Foundation.

Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor.

Submission Requirements

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 20 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 (250-300 words). This should be concise but descriptive in 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, 2017 (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.

SEATTLE May 5 & 6: Registration open for “Collaborations for Cause” Conference and Portfolio Reviews

Blue Earth Alliance, in partnership with PhotoWings, presents the 5th annual “Collaborations for Cause 2017: The Power of Partnerships” visual storytelling event bringing together photographers, nonprofits, educators, filmmakers, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, education and partnership building.  Registration for portfolio reviews start April 1 and reviewers are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  The event website is:  https://c4c17.sched.com/

Speakers include:

Art Wolfe, Nature and fine art photographer
Annie Griffiths, Executive Director Ripple Effect Images
Tim Matsui, Blue Earth filmmaker
Mary Virginia Swanson, Advisor to Emerging and Established Photographers
Bryan Monroe, Temple University and former CNN editor
Poulomi Basu, Photographer/filmmaker
Mustafah Abdulaziz, Blue Earth project photographer
David Moskowitz, Blue Earth project photographer and biologist
Roberto Hernandez, Co-director of “Presumed Guilty” documentary film
Phil Manzano, Jon Warren, Tom Costanza, World Vision
Tom Patterson, Mercy Corps
Melissa Ryan, Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy
Helen Cherullo, Executive Director, Braided River, Publisher, Mountaineers Books
Tim Greyhavens, Philanthropy and photography

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.

 

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