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October 16th, 2013

Robin Hammond Wins $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant

A mentally disabled man in Kenya, living in a locked tin shack. ©Robin Hammond

A mentally disabled man in Kenya, living in a locked tin shack. ©Robin Hammond

Photographer Robin Hammond has been awarded the 2013 W. Eugene Smith Grant, a $30,000 prize, to help complete his ongoing project called “Condemned–Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis.” Hammond has spent two years working on the project, which documents the mental health crisis across Africa, and the abuse and neglect of victims of mental illness.

The $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship was awarded to Javier Arcenillas for his project, “Red Note,” an examination of violence in Latin America from the perspectives of criminals, victims, and their families.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund awards its annual grant and fellowship to photographers who are pursuing long-term documentary projects in humanistic photography in the tradition of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith.

The awards were presented at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York this evening. Scott Anderson, who has covered conflicts for The New York Times, Outside and Esquire and and is the author of Lawrence in Arabia, gave the keynote presentation.

The Smith grant and fellowship recipients were selected by a jury, including Sarah Leen, Senior Editor, Photo Story Development at National Geographic; Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery in Ottawa, Canada; and Rich Clarkson, head of Rich Clarkson and Associates, and a longtime Smith Board member.

The winners were selected from 184 entries from 42 countries.

“Robin Hammond’s Condemned is a powerful look at people balanced on the edge of life who are generally neglected, forgotten and often abused,” said juror Sarah Leen in a prepared statement. “His images, often shocking but always tender, highlight this tragedy and search for moments of hope. His work stood out among many worthy candidates.”

Finalists for this year’s grant included photographers Bharat Choudhary, Edmond Clark, Maxim Dondyuk, Sebastian Liste, Benjamin Lowy, Pierpaolo Mittica, Ebrahim Noroozi, Sim Chi Yin, and Christian Warner.

This year’s winner of The Howard Chapnick Grant, which supports photographic leadership and education, was FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization that provides photography workshops to Haitian youth and adults.  FotoKonbit will use the $5,000 grant to produce a ten-day workshop for a group of Haitian students in the fishing village of Labadie.

This year, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund was sponsored by American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, The Harbers Family Foundation, and Open Society Foundations. Additional support was provided by International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, NYC FOTOWORKS, Photo District News, School of Visual Arts, and Synergy Communications.

The Howard Chapnick Grant was co-sponsored by by Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC, NYC FOTOWORKS, and The Harbers Family Foundation.

Photographers interested in applying for the 2014 grant and fellowship can find more information on the Web site of the W. Eugene Smith Foundation here:  www.smithfund.org/apply/smith

Related stories:
Peter van Agtmael Wins $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant (for PDN subscribers)
Krisanne Johnson Wins 2011 W Eugene Smith Grant (for PDN subscribers)
Anatomy of a Successful Grant Proposal: Krisanne Johnson’s Coming of Age Story (for PDN subscribers)

September 10th, 2013

Aftermath Project Accepting Applications for $20K Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Aftermath Project Grant, an award of $20,000 that will be given to a photographer working on a project that explores the aftermath of violent conflict. The 2014 Aftermath Project Grant is supported by the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

Photojournalist Sara Terry founded the non-profit grant-making organization The Aftermath Project in 2003 with the belief that quiet stories of people rebuilding their lives after war or other conflicts have a vital role to play in how the international community understands the effects of armed conflicts on populations.

The deadline for applications is November 11, 2013, with the winner to be announced in mid-December. In addition to the grant, The Aftermath Project will also recognize four finalists, and their work will be published alongside the winners in a book, War is Only Half the Story: Vol 8.

Recent Aftermath Project grant-winners include Stanley Greene, Andrew Lichtenstein and Davide Monteleone.

For more information and to submit an application, visit: http://theaftermathproject.org/2014-Application

Related: Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application (about Lichtenstein’s Aftermath Project Grant application)
Stanley Greene Wins 2013 Aftermath Grant
$20,000 Aftermath Project Grant for 2012 Awarded to Andrew Lichtenstein

September 9th, 2013

World Press and Human Rights Watch Seek Applications for $26K Hetherington Grant

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced today that the 2013 Tim Hetherington Grant, worth € 20,000 (approximately $26,500) is open for applications. Photojournalists working on projects with human rights themes can apply for the grant, which was established to honor the late Tim Hetherington, a photojournalist killed in a mortar attack in Libya in 2011. Applications will be accepted through October 17. The winner will be announced on November 11.

This is the third year the grant will be awarded. Previous winners include Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012).

For more information see the press release below, or visit the World Press Photo website here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/tim-hetherington-grant

Related: Photographer Fernando Moleres Wins 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant
Photographer Stephen Ferry Awarded First Tim Hetherington Grant

PRESS RELEASE

Amsterdam, 9 September 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TIM HETHERINGTON GRANT

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite photojournalists and visual journalists around the world to apply for the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The deadline for submissions is 17 October, and the name of the recipient of the grant will be announced on 11 November.

Managing director Michiel Munneke says: “The grant was established to celebrate Tim Hetherington’s commitment to innovative and compelling storytelling. We’re pleased that the grant has already enabled two photojournalists to take their projects to the next stage and to reach a worldwide audience. With the support of the Tim Hetherington Grant Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012) were able to approach audiences on multiple platforms, books, booklets, newspapers, websites and exhibitions.” (more…)

September 6th, 2013

Farzana Hossen Wins 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship for Project on Violence Against Women

© Farzana Hossen

© Farzana Hossen

Farzana Hossen, a student at Pathshala South Media Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has won the 2013 Ian Parry Scholarship for her project “Lingering Scars,” about the rise in violence against women in Bangladesh. Hossen receives 3,500 pounds (approximately $5,450 US), a commission from Save the Children, publication of her Project in The Sunday Times Magazine, representation from Reportage by Getty Images as part of their Emerging Talent group, and equipment from Canon. She will also becomes a finalist for the shortlist of photographers selected for Joop Swart Masterclass, conducted by World Press Photo.

Hossen has documented women injured by acid thrown at them. One of the judges for this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship, photojournalist Don McCullin, noted the strength of Hossen’s images and text. “I get a clear sense that Farzana has an invested interest in conveying the horror of these attacks.”

The award was announced at the Visa Pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France.  One “highly commended “ photographer and two “commended” photographers were also announced. They will receive 500 pounds (approximately $780 US).

The Ian Parry Scholarship, named for the Sunday Times of London photographer who was killed at the age of 24 while covering the Romanian Revolution, supports projects by full-time photography students and photographers under 24.

The highly commended photographer, Magda Rakita, has photographed in Liberia, focusing on issues affecting women. Rakita, who was born in Poland, is studying for her masters at London College of Communications, and plans to continue her work in Liberia as the country observes the tenth anniversary of the end of its civil conflict.

One of the two commended photographers, Kazi Riasat Alve of Bangladesh, is studying in a documentary mentoring program under Saiful Huq Omi at Counter Foto. Alve’s project, “Life at Suhrawardi Uddan,” looks at a Dhaka park that has sheltered homeless people.

The other commended photographer, Mehran Hamrahi, has documenting young people in Iran, where 70 percent of the population is under the age of 35, in a project titled “Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals?” Born in Iran in 1989, Hamrahi began studying photography in 2009. He has worked for the Iranian Students News Agency and had two solo exhibitions.

Information on the Ian Parry Scholarship, and galleries of the winners’ work, can be found at www.ianparry.org

Related article:

Adrian Fussell Wins 2012 Ian Parry Scholarship

July 10th, 2013

Photo Students and Young Photogs: Ian Parry Scholarship Applications Due August 1

Applications for the Ian Parry Scholarship, which supports current full-time photography students and young photographers 24 years of age and under, are due August 1. Details are available on the PDNEdu blog.

This year’s winner will be announced in early September, during the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan. The winner will receive a monetary award of £3,500 ($4,487) and their photos will be published in the Sunday Times magazine Spectrum and exhibited at MOTHER, London for two weeks during September 2013. Two commended photographers will also be selected for publication, exhibition and a monetary award of £500 ($640). Both the winner and commended photographers will be automatically added to the list of finalists for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and all scholarship finalists will be invited to attend a series of free seminars, portfolio reviews and workshops in collaboration with ad agency MOTHER, led by industry professionals who support the award.
The 2013 scholarships will be judged by Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart, Harriet Logan, Jon Jones and Simon Roberts.

Past scholarship winners have included Sebastian Liste, Maisie Crow, Jonas Bendicksen and Simon Roberts.

Related Article:
Adrian Fussell Wins 2012 Ian Parry Scholarship

June 24th, 2013

Aaron Siskind Foundation Announces 6 Winners of 2013 Grants

The Aaron Siskind Foundation has announced the winners of its 2013 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) grants. The six recipients are documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter of Takoma Park, Maryland; portrait photographer Wayne Lawrence of Brooklyn, New York; conceptual photographer Joshua Lutz of Katonah, New York; documentary photographer Justin Maxon of Eureka, California; fine-art photographer Jenny Riffle of Seattle; and fine-art photographer Sasha Rudensky of New Haven, Connecticut. The LightBox blog, which posted an interview with Foundation President Charles Traub today, noted that each photographer won an $8,000 prize.

The judges for this year’s competition were TIME Senior Photo Editor Natalie Matutschovsky, photographer Andrew Moore and curator Tim Wride.

The IPF program was started in 1991, the same year that the Foundation was created, in keeping with photographer Aaron Siskind’s request that upon his death his estate be used to support and inspire contemporary photography. The grants are open to photographers of all levels who reside in the U.S. and are 21 years of age or older, as long as their work is “based on the idea of the lens-based image,” according to the Foundation’s website. Awards of up to $10,000 have been given every year since the IPF’s inception—with the exception of 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Past recipients have included Gregory Crewdson, Matt Eich, Lisa Elmaleh, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Jude, Deana Lawson, Simone Lueck and Lori Waselchuk.

Related Articles:

Wayne Lawrence Wins 2013 Arnold Newman Prize
Justin Maxon Wins $15,000 Alexia Foundation Grant

May 15th, 2013

Awards, Book Fairs, Exhibitions and Other Photo Happenings

Exhibitions and Other Happenings:

TOMORROW! Columbia College Chicago is hosting an informal portfolio review for their graduating photography students from 5-8pm tomorrow, May 16. Creative professionals are invited to go check out the work of this group of young photographers. There will be food and drink and conversations about photography. http://www.colum.edu/industryevents/events/photography-review.php

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is holding their fourth annual Book Fair. Participants include MACK Books, Printed Matter, Vox Populi, Light Work and Houseboat Press, among many others. It’s a fair of photo books. Nuff said.
http://www.philaphotoarts.org/events/annual-book-fair/

An exhibition of the work of 50 photographers selected as finalists in the 2013 Critical Mass competition opens this Friday at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta. The exhibition is curated by W.M. Hunt. http://www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com/critical-mass-top-50-exhibition/

This is very cool: United Photo Industries and New York Waterway’s East River Ferry people are partnering to exhibit photographs on weekday ferries throughout the summer. The project kicked off this week, and it will include water-related photography by Joni Sternbach, Stephen Mallon, David Doubilet, Andreas Franke, Corey Arnold and Eric Prinvault. http://unitedphotoindustries.com/special-projects/drawn-to-water/ (more…)

May 15th, 2013

Tomas Munita, Bryan Denton to Receive Getty & Chris Hondros Fund Awards

Tomás Munita and Bryan Denton will receive Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Awards at a June 7 benefit and silent auction, the Hondros Fund has announced. The Chris Hondros Fund is a non-profit photojournalism organization founded by Christina Piaia to honor her late fiancé, who was killed in a mortar attack while covering the conflict in Libya in 2011. The Fund “advances the work of photojournalists who espouse [Chris Hondros's] legacy and vision, and sponsors fellowships, grantmaking and education to raise understanding of the issues facing reporters in conflict zones.”

Munita, a Chilean photojournalist who has worked in Latin America and the Middle East, among other places, is being honored for his “exceptional photographic ability coupled with a spirited commitment to the craft of photojournalism,” Piaia said in a statement. Munita will receive a grant of $20,000.

Denton, a photojournalist based in Beirut, was named a finalist for the award and will receive a grant of $5000.

“Chris was dedicated to documenting the compassion, violence and frailty that encompasses so much of our world today. It was through his personal vision and determination that were able to share some of the most powerful images from the large and small events that make up our common humanity,” said Hondros Fund board member and Getty executive Pancho Bernasconi in a statement. “The Chris Hondros Fund is proud to honor Tomás Munita and Bryan Denton and support their work to create a visual history that brings shared human experiences into the public eye.”

Related Articles:
Andrea Bruce Wins Getty Images & Chris Hondros Fund Award
Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros: Remembering Them as They Lived

April 12th, 2013

Recap of the PDN’s 30: Strategies for Young Working Photogs Panel at SVA

During this week’s PDN’s 30 panel discussion at the School of Visual Arts Theatre, perseverance, personality and community emerged as common themes in the early careers of 2013 PDN’s 30 photographers Geordie Wood, Lisa Elmaleh and Bon Duke.

PDN editor Holly Stuart Hughes moderated the panel, which also included Readers Digest photo director Rebecca Simpson Steele and Sony Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith.

Wood, an editorial photographer who is also the photo editor at the Fader, said that he chose to assist rather than working an unrelated day job while he was starting out as a way to stay in the photo community. He also emphasized the importance to his career of a group of fellow photographers who share information, introduce one another to clients and exchange ideas in person and online. “Photography,” he said, “is much more fun as a team sport.”

When the bottom dropped out of the economy right after she graduated from SVA and she found herself out of work, Elmaleh, a fine-art photographer and teacher who works with alternative processes, asked friends in the photo community for leads and found work teaching carbon printing at the Center for Alternative Photography. She also assisted photographers Joni Sternbach and Mitch Epstein, before beginning to teach classes at SVA. “We really have to cobble it together,” Elmaleh said of making a living as a fine-art photographer.

Internships with magazines and production companies, and connections to fellow SVA student working in design or cinematography helped Duke, who does editorial and commercial fashion work and films, learn about different aspects of the creative business and make connections. Talking with design students, for instance, helped him understand how his images would work with text in layouts for ads or editorial pages. He also pointed out that students studying other creative disciplines go on to become art directors.

Duke also emphasized that learning how to communicate with creatives in a collaborative way so he could stick up for what he wanted creatively was an important step. Duke says that, on set, he is nice to everyone and “treats everyone as equals.”

Elmaleh’s work has been supported by several grants, and she underlined the importance of perseverance in applying for funding. She said she’s never gotten a grant the first time she applied for it, and suggested several resources for grant-seekers (see the list at the bottom of this post).

On the subject of perseverance, Smith, a veteran celebrity portraitist who began his career shooting news and sports, argued that careers are built not through one big break, but a series of smaller breaks.

And Wood pointed out that working hard to shoot new images, and to promote that work to editors and online audiences, have been important elements of his early career.

Offering a client perspective, Rebecca Simpson Steele spoke about sometimes following the work of photographers for long periods of time before finding a job for which they are a good match. “I pay attention to photographers when they don’t know I’m watching,” Simpson Steele said.

Grant resources: Creative Capital, Foundation Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York Foundation For the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Note: The next PDN’s 30 panel takes place the evening of April 25 at Santa Monica College, Humanities & Social Sciences Building, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA. The panel will include Brian Smith, Jessica Sample, Michael Friberg and Ian Allen.

April 3rd, 2013

2013 Grants and Awards Announced by CENTER

"Son magnifique champ de fleurs," from "Gaijin," © David Favrod. Courtesy CENTER.

“Son magnifique champ de fleurs,” from “Gaijin,” © David Favrod. Courtesy CENTER.

CENTER, the Santa Fe nonprofit whose mission is to aid photographers and promote their work, has announced the winners of two grants and a series of awards.

The Project Launch Grant, which aids a photographer in completing and disseminating a fine-art or documentary project and carries an award of $10,000, was given to David Favrod for his series “Gaijin.” The work explores the displacement Favrod experiences as a result of feeling he belongs neither where he grew up, in Switzerland, nor where he was born, in Japan. The grant was judged by Library of Congress Curator Verna Curtis, COLORS Magazine Photo Editor Mauro Bedoni, and Pier 24 exhibition space Director Christopher McCall.

The Project Development Grant, which supports a photographer’s work-in-progress with an award of $5,000, went to Ignacio Evangelista for his project “After Schengen,” a series of landscapes of disused border checkpoints in Europe. The grant was judged by Denise Wolff, Aperture books program senior editor.

CENTER received more than 1000 entries for the grants from photographers around the world, the organization said in a statement.

CENTER’s Choice Awards give a curator, editor and gallerist an opportunity to recognize the work of photographers with exhibition, publication and portfolio review opportunities, among other prizes. (The winners of the two grants mentioned above are also offered exhibition, publication and portfolio review opportunities.)

For the Curator’s Choice Award, curator Tina Schelhorn of the Kolga Tblisi Photo organization recognized Marc Asnin for his long-term project about his drug-addicted uncle. For the Editor’s Choice Award, Vanity Fair Photography Director Susan White recognized Jennifer McClure for her series about her personal struggle for meaning. For the Gallerist’s Award, Pace/McGill Gallery Director Lauren Panzo recognized Bryan Schutmaat for his documentary series on old mining towns in the American West.

The winning work was selected from submissions that totaled 6,000 images, and which came from 43 countries, CENTER said.

For galleries of work by the winners and runners up visit the CENTER site here.