There are several deadlines on the horizon for notable grants and contests. They include big-money prizes that support personal and documentary work or emerging photographers, plus some worthy photo contests, open to photographers in all genres, organized by old friends of PDN.
Moving Walls 20: deadline April 30
Open Society Foundations are now accepting photographers’ proposals for Moving Walls, the group photography exhibition featuring “in-depth and nuanced explorations of human rights and social issues,” especially those issues on which the Open Society is currently working. The Moving Walls photographers receive a $2500 honorarium, and the exhibition will be displayed at the Open Society Foundations’ offices in New York and Washington, DC in early 2013.
W. Eugene Smith Grant: deadline May 31
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography supports a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts chaired by PDN‘s Lauren Wendle, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion. The grant in 2012 will be $30,000.
ASMP New York Image 12: deadline May 1
The New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers is sponsoring the Image 12 contest, open to both professionals and student photographers. The winners will be featured in an exhibition in New York, and two first place student winners and one first place pro winner will also be featured in an ad in Photo District News. Five judges, including PDN’s editor, will select the winners.
OjodePez/Photo Espana Award for Human Values: deadline May 10
OjodePez, the documentary photography magazine, is offering a 3,000 euro prize for photographers doing documentary work “in which human values such as solidarity, ethics, dedication or justice stand out.” In addition to prize money, the winning work, selected by an international panel of judges (including photo editors at Le Monde, The Guardian Weekend magazine and the Israel Museum of Jerusalem) will be featured in the September issue of OjodePez and may be featured in an exhibition.
Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant: deadline May 15
The Emerging Photographer Grant supports the continuation of a photographer’s ongoing personal project, whether it’s artistic or journalistic. A jury of photographers has not yet been chosen to select the winners and runners up, but past judges have included Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Maggie Steber and James Nachtwey. Past winners have received $15,000 in grant money, supported by the Magnum Foundation.
Photo Center NW Photo Competition Exhibition: deadline May 18
The non-profit Photo Center NW is now seeking entries for its 17th annual Photo Competition Exhibition, to be judged by collector and author W.M. Hunt. The first, second and third prize winners of the juried exhibition receive $1,000, $500 and $250.
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography 2012 Grant: deadline May 31
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation is seeking global and social documentary reportage. Now in its second year, the $5,000 grant supports work covering covering issues such as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, migration and immigration. For information, click on the “Grant 2012” tab on http://mrofoundation.org/
City of Levallois Photography Award: deadline May 18
The winner of the City of Levallois Photography Award receives a 10,000 euro grant and an exhibition at the Photo Levallois festival, which takes place in October and November in France. Note: The prize is only open to artists under the age of 35.
Santa Fe Workshop Contest: late deadline April 30
The semi-annual Santa Fe Photography Contest honors photographers in all genres, and offers more than $15,000 worth of prizes including tuition for Santa Fe Workshops, gear and cameras. The jurors include PDN‘s photo editor. The early deadline has past, but the final submission deadline is April 30.
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