The winner and finalists for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced on Wednesday, October 19th at a ceremony in New York City.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th Street). Admission is free, and on a first come, first served basis.  The doors will open at 6 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 after a reception.

The Smith Grant is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith, the renowned photojournalist who died in 1978. Recent winners include Darcy Padilla, Lu Guang, and Mikhael Subotzky.

For 2011, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be awarded, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition.

Update: The keynote address at the W. Eugene Smith Grant presentation will be given by journalist and author Sebastian Junger, co-director with Tim Hetherington of the documentary Restrepo and author of War. On the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, there will be a presentation of work by 2007 Smith grant recipient Stephen Dupont’s Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars and The Perils of Freedom.

More information is available at www.smithfund.org.

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