Below are a list of grants, fellowships, and contests that photographers may be interested in. I’ve posted all of the available information. When deadlines draw near I will again post a reminder. Please share.
Aperture Portfolio Prize
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. Previous winners and runners-up include Michal Chelbin, Latoya Ruby-Frazier, Alexander Gronsky, Sarah Palmer, and Jordan Tate, among others. The first-prize winner receives $3,000 and has his or her work exhibited at Aperture.
Submissions must be made by February 28, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize/
Conveyor Exhibition Grant
The annual Conveyor Exhibition Grant is a unique opportunity for photographic-based artists to engage with the community at Conveyor Arts to curate, print, and hang a solo exhibition at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, New York. In the weeks leading up to the exhibition, recipients will have consultations and printing sessions at Conveyor Studio in Jersey City. Grant recipients will also have the opportunity to give an artist lecture in the gallery during the exhibition dates, as to sit on the panel of the Conveyor Exhibition Grant next year.
Apply by February 28, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://conveyorarts.org/pages/exhibition_grant
Getty Image Creative Grants
Nonprofits need striking imagery and video to tell their stories effectively. Beyond that, in order to stand out from the documentary style traditionally associated with the nonprofit sector, they need innovative and creative visionaries at their side to produce campaigns which elevate awareness for their cause. This is why the Getty Images Creative Grants provide two grants of $20,000 USD annually, shared equally between the photographer (or filmmaker) and agency partner to cover costs as they work together to create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.
The Getty Images Creative Grants are designed to support nonprofits which do not currently have the resources to employ photographers (or filmmakers) and communications professionals but who understand how breakthrough imagery and strategic thinking about communications are essential to further their mission.
Grant recipients may use the entire award to offset shoot and other campaign expenses, or donate all or part of the funds directly to their charity and contribute their own time and resources to their campaign. At the completion of the project, the photographer (or filmmaker), the communications agency involved will be showcased, alongside the nonprofit who benefits from their efforts, to the media and to our customers.
Feel free to contact us with questions about our Creative Grants at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/overview.aspx
Getty Grants for Editorial Photography
We believe that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. We also understand that creating and managing world-class photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources.
That is why we continue to offer the Grants for Editorial Photography, which in 2013 will provide five total grants of $10,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.
Since its launch in 2005, the Grants for Editorial Photography celebrate and support independent photojournalism, evidenced by the many dynamic and compelling projects completed over the years.
The Grants for Editorial Photography will be awarded through our annual application proposal process, with applications being accepted beginning April 1, 2013 and will require a 500 word summary of the project proposal, a short bio, and 20-25 images. Specific uploading instructions will be made available when the application portal is opened on April 1.
Feel free to contact us with questions about our Grants for Editorial Photography and the application process at email@example.com. Or visit http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/overview.aspx
New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review
The Review is a chance for a diverse group of 160 photographers to meet with leading photo editors, museum curators, book publishers and gallery owners for one-on-one portfolio reviews. It will also also be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas and help each other. For free.
Photographers will be screened, and because we’re sure many people will apply, the quality of the work has to be high – nothing less than your best. The Review begins on Saturday, April 13, and will be open to all photographers age 21 and up. Each participant will have five or six private 20-minute meetings.
Sunday, April 14, is for young photographers, ages 18 to 27, and will include both portfolio reviews and workshops with leading professionals.
We will screen all applicants and choose a total of 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday. All kinds of photography – from fine art to photojournalism – are encouraged.
For more information please visit: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/lens-review/
Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize
First announced a year after the Center for Documentary Studies's founding at Duke University, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor 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. This year, the CDS is proud to re-launch the Lange-Taylor Prize, which supports documentary artists 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 winner will receive $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.
Submissions must be made by March 31, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/dorothea-lange-paul-taylor-prize/how-to-enter
JGS Quarterly Photography Contest
Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS) established in 2009 an ongoing international quarterly contest that encourages artists to share their unique perspective. Quarterly winners will receive $1,000 and their work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Forward Thinking Museum. Annual winners will receive the JGS Artist Award in the amount of $5,000 and their work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the FTM.
Submissions must be made by March 31, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://forwardthinkingmuseum.com/contest/photography.php
Inge Morath Award 2013
The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the 12th annual Inge Morath Award. The annual award of $5,000 is given to a female photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers and the director of the Inge Morath Foundation.
Submissions must be made by April 30, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://www.ingemorath.org/index.php/2013/01/the-inge-morath-award-2013-guidelines/
Audience Engagement Grant
The Audience Engagement Grant supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative and effective way of using that work as a tool for social change. We are looking for projects that serve as interventions on pressing problems and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create a positive impact.
Apply by June 18, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/audience-engagement-grant
En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship Awards
En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting several U.S. based photographers of Latino, African, or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a free, national call for entries. New Works helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area. The goal is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists, creating a cross-cultural dialogue and providing artists with exposure and growth opportunities.
Submissions must be made by July 31, 2013. For guidelines, visit: http://www.enfoco.org/index.php/programs/newworks_award/
Magnum Expression Award
Magnum Photos and HP established the Magnum Expression Award in an effort to raise awareness and inspire change through photography. There are no limitations on the subject matter of your submission. The judges will be looking for compelling projects that go beyond surface level to provide fresh and engaging perspective on the chosen subject.
Deadline to enter is February 28, 2013. There is no entry fee. For more information visit: http://www.expression.magnumphotos.com/expression_award/index.php?p=rewards
The 2013 Photocrati Fund
The Photocrati Fund offers a $5000 grant to a photographer to undertake an important humanitarian and environmental photography project. Our goal is to identify outstanding photographers and to provide the resources necessary to pursue projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world.
The 2013 Photocrati Fund competition will be open from Tuesday January 15, 2013 – Tuesday April 30, 2013. Following that time, the applications will be judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers. The 2013 Photocrati Fund award will be announced in late June 2013. The grant winner will become a Photocrati Fellow for the calendar year from the announcement of his/her award until the announcement of the following year’s award.
The 2013 Photocrati Fund competition will run from Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – Tuesday, April 30, 2013. There is no application fee. For more information visit: http://www.photocrati.com/photocrati-fund/
Howard Chapnick Grant
In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, 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.
Deadline is May 2013. For more information visit: http://smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant
Gene Smith 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 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 2012, 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.
The deadline for the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is June 8, 2012. For more information visit: http://smithfund.nielsencontests.com
Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Association Award
The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Association, created to promote the work of Pierre & Alexandra Boulat and encourage the work of photojournalists has created an award, supported by a CANON endownment of 8 000 euros which will be given to a photo- journalist.
The award is presented to a professional photographer of any age, sex or nationality who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier, including the documents and works stipulated in Article 6. The Award is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media.
Entry is free. The deadline is June 1st 2012 Application dossiers can be downloaded from agency VII website : http://viiphoto.com/association.html
Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.
Now in its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
The 2013 competition is open until 25 February 2013. For more information visit: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/competition/index.jsp
The Aftermath Project Grant
The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace.
Grant-making is at the core of the Aftermath Project’s activities. Each year we open our application process to working photographers, world-wide, who are pursuing – or propose to pursue – long-term projects about the aftermath of conflict. The grant application usually goes online in mid-August, and the application deadline is in early November. Specifics are on the application form.
Applications are judged first on the level of photographic skill demonstrated in the images photographers submit with their applications. They are also judged on their project statements, which outline the aftermath story they want to cover and relevant aftermath issues.
Deadline is November 2013. For more information visit: http://www.theaftermathproject.org/grants.htm
Focus For Humanity Grant
Our mission is to be an efficient and innovative fund raising foundation that helps globally to promote, support and match humanitarian and travel photographers to NGOs and other humanitarian causes that need their story told.
Founded in the USA in 2010, Focus For Humanity is now a Singapore based non profit foundation that supports amateur and professional humanitarian and travel photographers in perfecting their craft through providing a series of workshop grants, scholarships and fellowships to work with underfunded NGOs as well as providing mentoring schemes with leading humanitarian and travel photographers.
Each year we aim to give out a minim of 8 grants per year. Depending on how our fund-raising has been going we may opt to give out more grants. Choose form the three different types of grants that the Foundation offers each year.
Deadline varies. For more information visit: http://www.focusforhumanity.org/workshop-grants/
FotoEvidence Book Award
The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice.
The Book Award winner and up to four other selected finalists will be exhibited on the FotoEvidence web site and at a gallery exhibition in New York City during the fall of 2014.
Submissions to the FotoEvidence Book Award are accepted all year up until the deadline of January 15th of the award year, i.e. submissions for the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) on January 15th, 2014. Submissions received after January 15th will be considered for the following year's Book Award.
Awards will be announced by February 15, 2014. For more information visit: http://www.fotoevidence.com/book-award
Moving Walls Grant
The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 21 group exhibition, scheduled to open in New York in the fall 2013. The Moving Walls exhibition series showcases documentary photography that highlights human rights and social issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C.
For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain exposure for their projects, as well as the social justice or human rights issues they address. In addition to a $2,500 honorarium, photographers receive their professionally produced exhibitions at the end of the exhibition tour in New York and Washington, D.C.
Deadline for submissions to Moving Walls is Tuesday, February 26, 2013. To apply, go to: apply.movingwalls.org.
Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting Grant
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting funds international travel costs associated with reporting projects on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 but depending on project specifics may be as much as $20,000.
On approved projects, half of the grant amount is generally paid just before travel and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process.
Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers of any nationality are eligible to apply. For more information visit: http://pulitzercenter.org/grants#special
Blue Earth Alliance Grant
Blue Earth sponsors photographic projects whose goal is to educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, or current topics of social concern. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature, and will consider proposals of any geographic scope, involving the photographic medium (we do not sponsor motion picture projects). Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.
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 more information visit: http://www.blueearth.org/projects/submit.cfm
The Nieman Fellowship
The Nieman Fellowship program is the oldest and best-known study program for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 91 countries and territories around the world have come to Harvard for a year of learning, exploration and fellowship.
For more information visit: http://nieman.harvard.edu/NiemanFoundation/NiemanFellowships/TypesOfFellowships.aspx
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford
Knight Journalism Fellowships foster journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Together with a group of fellows from all over the world, you’ll pursue and develop your innovation ideas and practices, with all the resources of Stanford and Silicon Valley.
Knight Fellows get time, funding, and the space to test projects and build on ideas. We keep our program small. Fellows aren't merely familiar with each other's work; they truly collaborate on it. And we value fellows' lives outside work—we welcome partners, spouses, and families, and we help support the move to Palo Alto.
For more information visit: http://knight.stanford.edu/become-a-fellow/