Deadline March 29th: Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Submissions: Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography
Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2013, midnight CDT

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 one $5000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

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 $5000 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.

Application and Fee
In order to submit your application you will first need to create an Entry Thingy account here.

Application fee is $25.
Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

Judging Criteria
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 500 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.

Submission Guidelines

  1. A portfolio of 20 to 25 images; submitted digitally via the online application process.
  2. Each image file must be in jpeg format at 72 dpi and 720 pixels wide (10 in).
    -Save your images at the highest setting available (usually 10 or 12).
    -Name your files with your last name, then first name and a title. Use an underscore to separate the names and title. At the end of the file name, add a sequence number starting with 01. Example: Doe_Jane_The Farm_01.jpg, Doe_Jane_The Farm_02.jpg, Doe_Jane_The Farm_03.jpg.
    -You must add caption information and the year that you created the image. Enter and upload each image file and its accompanying information one at a time. After you have uploaded all of the files, you will be able to review and rearrange the sequence of your portfolio.
  3. A concise description of your work (2-4 sentences), 260 characters maximum, which the jurors will see alongside your portfolio. The ‘Description of work’ is not the project statement.
  4. A written project statement of not more than 500 words, explaining your project’s scope and significance. Please include your plans on how you would use the grant.
  5. A biography or resume/CV of not more than 500 words, describing awards, publications and other career highlights.
  6. A $25 application fee will be directed through PayPal immediately after you have uploaded your application.”

For the full prospectus, click here.


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