Tag: documentary photography
“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.
“LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 is a worldwide call for photography focused on nature, the environment, wildlife, landscape, conservation, sustainability, and how we live on the planet. We are awarding $25,000 in cash grants as well as many video projections at international photo festivals, visibility with LensCulture Insiders, a Printed Annual and more. These awards are open to a wide range of interpretations and approaches — from fine art celebrations of the beauty and wonders of nature, to hard-hitting in-depth documentary issues-based stories. Photography is a rich visual language that can express diverse perspectives in powerful, memorable ways. What is YOUR view of life on Earth today?
- $25,000 in cash awards plus opportunities for entrants to earn global recognition amongst today’s top photographers working on the subject of Earth.
- Video projections for Winners and Finalists at international photo festivals around the world.
- Direct visibility to our distinguished group of over 500 LensCulture Insiders from the photo industry: curators, gallerists, editors, creative directors and publishers.
- Opportunities for inclusion in the Earth Awards Competition Gallery, curated daily by our editors
Eligibility & Fees
The 2015 LensCulture Earth Awards invites all photographers whose work has a thematic focus on images inspired by our planet. 9 Top Winners plus 25 Finalists will receive significant opportunities to broaden their exposure in the global photography community.
Submit your best series or single images of all genres inspired by the planet — fine art, nature, landscape, documentary, environmental, wildlife, travel or conceptual.
- related series, up to 10 images: $60 USD
- Single image, 2-3 images: $45 USD
- Single image: $20 USD”
To read the full prospectus, see the list of judges and to apply visit: www.lensculture.com/earth-awards-2015.
“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.
“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 $5,000.00 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 $5,000.00 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.
Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 530 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.”
For the full prospectus and past award recipients visit: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
For a PDF of the Submission Guidelines click here.
“We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.
And … wait for it … it’s free.
Applications are now open for the Third Annual New York Portfolio review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.
Saturday, April 11 will be for all photographers 21 and older, each of whom will receive six private critiques. Sunday, April 12 will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of four private critiques for each participant, as well as talks by Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, on building an editorial portfolio, and by the photographer Phil Toledano on the creative process, as well as a panel on working with galleries. You can find a list of this year’s reviewers at the bottom of this page.
We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — are encouraged.
Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review will not be eligible to apply this year. Photographers who attended two years ago can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work and expectations will be higher.
To enter, send us no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form here. The files should be jpegs, 1200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I. The deadline is Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. We will inform those who are accepted by March 4, 2015.”
View the full prospectus and apply at: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/third-annual-new-york-portfolio-review/?_r=1.
Deadlines: Thursday, January 22, 2015
“$45 members/$55 non-members
Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world happening JUNE 11-14, 2015. Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain, up to 100 photographers meet with up to 45 of today’s most relevant and esteemed reviewers comprised of curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others who can offer professional development advice and opportunities.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/overview.
“Fee: $35 members/$45 non-members
The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.
This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
CURATOR: Anne M. Lyden, International Photography Curator, National Galleries of Scotland
EDITOR: Bernadette Tuazon, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital
PUBLISHER: Jack Woody, Publisher, Twin Palms Publishers”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-launch.
Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015
“TheDocumentaryProjectFund is now accepting applications for Project Support Awards. The Call will run through March 20, 2015. This extended time period allows us to offer early feedback, if photographers desire.
Visit the website for application requirements. Remember that we fund projects in artist’s communities. We believe you shouldn’t have to travel around the world to find important stories that can challenge our assumptions, awe us with beauty and change the way people look at their world.
- Established Artist Award: $5000
- Emerging Vision Award: $3500
For more information and to apply visit: thedocumentaryprojectfund.org.
“Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.
Blue Earth offers fiscal accountability to the projects we accept for sponsorship. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Blue Earth is eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, individuals, or other entities.
Along with this fiscal accountability, we also offer other services. When you join our community of visual storytellers, we offer mentorship throughout the life of your project sponsorship, publicity on our blog and newsletters, help with PR and marketing, and more depending upon individual needs.
We accept submissions for sponsorship twice each year, January 20th and July 20th. Materials must be received in our offices by the deadline. We announce recipients approximately two months later.”
For further details, previously and currently sponsored projects, and the application process visit: www.blueearth.org/projects/submit.cfm.
“The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23, opening in June 2015 at Open Society Foundations–New York.
We are seeking photo-based documentary projects that address a social justice or human rights issue in any region where the Open Society Foundations are active.
Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions—at our offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London—that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.
- Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
- We welcome all applicants, and especially encourage those from underrepresented groups (e.g., applicants from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East; people representing marginalized groups; and women). All submissions will be considered. The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.
We are particularly interested in work that provides a fresh perspective and expands the visual language of documentary photography. Therefore, we invite photographers and artists to submit documentary-based work that uses new or creative visual strategies, investigative/storytelling approaches, or technologies. We seek applicants who reflect a diversity of global perspectives, especially those that are under-represented in mainstream narratives and media. Five to six projects will be selected.
We will cover the cost of: printing/framing; $2,500 participation fee; travel cost reimbursement/coverage to attend the opening reception and related events (attendance required); and return shipment of photographs.”
For the full prospectus visit: www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls.
“PhotoPhilanthropy believes in the power of photography to inspire hope and understanding and to connect people around the world. The Activist Awards have been established to emphasize the important role of high quality documentary photography and visual storytelling as a vehicle to create meaningful impact and social change.
Photo essays must be entered into one of two categories:
- Professional Photographer – $15,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who earns the majority of their living from photography.
- Emerging Photographer – $5,000 Grand Prize: Any individual who does not earn the majority of their income from photography.
In order to reflect current issues, photographs in the essay must have been taken within the last three years. Long-term projects will be accepted as long as the majority of the photographs were taken within the last three years.
Each photographer may enter up to two essays, and although they can be completed in collaboration with the same nonprofit, the subject matter must be different. Essays entered in previous years may not be resubmitted.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit photophilanthropy.org/award/submission-guidelines.