Fund Your Work: Major Photo Grant Deadlines Approaching

Posted by on Wednesday March 1, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Photo © Justyna Mielnikiewicz, the 2016 recipient of The Smith Fund Grant

Attention photographers: Deadlines are fast approaching for a number of grants and international competitions. Among them are:

Project Launch
Deadline: March 3, 2017

Fine-art or documentary photographers with complete or nearly completed projects can apply for the $5,000 Project Launch Grant. In addition to the cash award, the winner receives an exhibition in Santa Fe, complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe Photo Festival and more. Three Juror’s Choice award winners will also receive $1,000 cash awards. It costs $45 for members to apply and $55 for non-members. More information and applications to apply for Project Launch can be found here.

The Choice Awards
Deadline: March 3, 2017

Photographers working in all processes and subject matter can apply to the 2017 Choice Awards for a chance to be part of a group exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during Review Santa Fe. There’s a $40 application fee for members ($50 for non-members) and awards are divided into four categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Director’s Choice and Exhibitor’s Choice. More details and applications can be found here.

The Project Development Grant
Deadline: March 3, 2017

Fine art, documentary, or photojournalists working on a project can apply for the $5,000 Project Development Grant. On top of the cash award, the grant includes opportunities for photographers to get feedback and professional development for the work’s final stages. It costs $45 for members to apply and $55 for non-members. Photographers can find more details and an application to the Project Development grant here.

Emerging Lens Mentorship
Deadline: March 4, 2017

U.S.-based photographers ages 18 to 27 working on human rights and social justice-based projects can apply for the 2017 Annual Emerging Lens Mentorship program. The winning entrant will receive a $2,000 stipend to expand and/or finish a project already in production, which will ultimately be exhibited in June 2017 at the ART WORKS Projects (AWP) Chicago Studio Gallery. They will also receive mentorship from the AWP team and the Emerging Lens jury. You can get more details and submit your work at

Lange-Taylor Prize
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Documentary photographers of any age and nationality can submit their ongoing project to the $10,000 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize.  Entrants must submit a $65 entry fee, a one-page biography or CV, a one-page statement that addresses the use of words and images in their work, and a one-page project description. Applicants and submit their work and find out more details here.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
Deadline: May 31, 2017

The 38th annual grant will award $35,000 (a $5,000 increase over last year’s prize) to one photojournalist to help them complete a current or future documentary project focused on humanistic photography. In addition, one or more fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers to fund worthy projects, according to The Smith Fund Grant. There’s a $50 application fee. Photographers interested in learning more about the grant and fellowship, and submitting an application should visit

Additionally, applications for the annual $5,000 Howard Chapnick Grant are also open through May 31, 2017. This grant is presented to an individual for his or her leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism, such as picture editing, research, education and management. More information and an application for the Howard Chapnick Grant can be found here.



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