Deadline June 15th: The Documentary Project Fund

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:

Submission Guidelines
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:

  • 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.”

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