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April 25th, 2012

Upcoming Grant and Contest Deadlines

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.
www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/focus_areas/mw/guidelines

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.
http://smithfund.org/

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.
www.asmp.org/image11/rules.php

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.
www.ojodepez.org/premio

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.
www.burnmagazine.org/emerging-photographer-grant/

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.
pcnw.org

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.
www.photo-levallois.org/en/

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.
www.santafeworkshops.com/contest/

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April 20th, 2012

Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros: Remembering Them As They Lived

© chrishondrosfund.org

Anniversaries like today are difficult, in part because they remind us how the people we mourn died, not how they lived.

To bring some good out of tragedy, the families and loved ones of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who died a year ago today in Misrata, Libya, asked that gifts in their memories be made to charities and funds that continue the work to which they gave so much of their energy and time. These memorials have already resulted in scholarships and other good works that continue their legacies and remind us of the commitment that inspired their careers.

 

© timhetherington.org

After his death, the family of Tim Hetherington selected three charities that he supported:

Human Rights Watch, the independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights; Hetherington was documenting the humanitarian crisis in Libya for Human Rights at the time of his death: hrw.org

Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone,
a school where Hetherington photographed and worked with students (and set up a pen-pal exchange) who had been intentionally blinded by the Revolutionary United Force: www.miltonmargaischool.org

Committee to Protect Journalists,the non-profit organization which since 1981 has promoted press freedom around the world by protecting and defending journalists from fear of reprisal: cpj.org

In addition, Hetherington’s parents, Judith and Alistair Hetherington, are now setting up a non-profit foundation in the UK and US “to help students, artists and those in need here and in the developing world, so that his commitment to highlighting the truth and humanitarianism will continue.” Information is available on timhetherington.org.

Hondros’s fiancée, Christine Piaia, and his friends and colleagues at Getty Images set up The Chris Hondros Fund to support aspiring photographers and raise public awareness about the contributions of photojournalists: www.chrishondrosfund.org.

The first of the Chris Hondros scholarships was given last fall at the Eddie Adams Workshop (which Hondros had attended) to photographer Enrico Fabian. At the same ceremony,  the Tim Hetherington Memorial Award was given to photographer Dominic Bracco II.

The first Tim Hetherington Grant, administered by Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo, was awarded last year to Stephen Ferry to support his long-term documentary project on the effects of the guerilla war in Colombia.

In more recent news, the first session of the Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), a free first-aid course for journalists covering conflict, began in New York City this week.  The program was started by Hetherington’s friend and frequent collaborator, writer Sebastian Junger. Supported with donations from ABC News, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast, Getty Images and the Chris Hondros Fund, RISC training programs will also be held in London and Beirut. (Information can be found at  risctraining.org/)

The goal of the program is to train more journalists so that, if needed, they could help colleagues injured in the field.

Helping journalists help journalists: That seems like a fitting tribute as we remember two colleagues who gave so much to their community. Of course, we’ll still be thinking of them, and all who mourn for them, long after this one-year milestone has passed.

Related Articles:
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Free Conflict-Training Course Now Accepting Applications

http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2012/03/free-conflict-training-course-now-accepting-applications.html

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March 28th, 2012

Call for Entries: LUCEO Student Project Award

The LUCEO Images photo collective have announced the call for entries for their third annual Student Project Award, which awards a full-time graduate or undergraduate student $1,000 to be used in the completion of a long-term photography project.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges led by AARP director of photography Michael Wichita. The award winner will be announced in June at LOOK3: Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA.

The award also includes a one-year mentorship with a LUCEO member of the winner’s choice.

Masud alma Liton, a Bangladeshi student, won the inaugural student project award in 2010 for his project on sex workers in Bangladesh, and Ohio University student Maddie McGarvey won the 2011 award for her project about grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Applications are due by midnight on May 10.

For more information and to apply, visit the LUCEO Student Project Award site.

March 2nd, 2012

Justin Maxon Wins $15,000 Alexia Foundation Grant

San Francisco-based photographer Justin Maxon has won the 2012 Alexia Foundation professional grant. Maxon will use the $15,000 grant to complete a project exploring “the frightening reality of how many murders go unsolved every year in America.”

The Alexia Foundation supports photojournalism that explores issues of social justice and cultural awareness. It was founded by Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis, in memory of their daughter, Alexia, who was killed in the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

In addition to Maxon’s award, a Judges Special Recognition Award was granted to Rome-based photographer Kathryn Cook, whose project “Memory of Trees” explores “the aftermath of the ‘denied’ 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey” and life for Armenians in Turkey today.  Katie Orlinsky won the first place award in the student category: Funding to complete her project on Mexico’s drug war and a three-month internship at MediaStorm. Orlinsky is currently studying at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism as Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Fellow.  Oxana Onipko won the second place student prize, funding for her project on violent conflicts in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan. Onipko is a student at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.

The judges for the 2012 grants were Kira Pollack, director of photography at Time; Whitney Johnson, director of photography at The New Yorker; and photographer Maggie Steber.

Information on the 2012 grants, including the Awards of Excellence winners, can be found at www.alexiafoundation.org.

February 1st, 2012

Magnum Foundation Announces 2012 Emergency Fund Grantees

© Justin Maxon/Prospekt

The Magnum Foundation has announced the 2012 class of Emergency Fund grantees. The Emergency Fund supports photographers who are working on long-term documentary projects that address “critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon,” according to the EF Web site.

This year’s grantees are:

Evgenia Arbugaeva, for her project “Tiksi, the Far North”; Rena Effendi, for “Capturing Coptic Life: Egypt’s Sectarian Struggle”; Eric Gottesman, for “Baalu Girma”; Sebastián Liste, for “The Brazilian Far West”; Benjamin Lowy, for “iLibya: Libya’s Growing Pains”; Justin Maxon,  for “Murder That Goes Unsolved and Unheard”; Donald Weber, for “War is Good*”; and Paolo Woods, for “Poor Rich.”

The Magnum Foundation, established by the cooperative photo agency to promote and finance independent documentary photography, began its Emergency Fund grants in 2010. Past grantees include Jonas Bendiksen, Tomas van Houtryve, Emily Schiffer, Larry Towell, Bruce Gilden and Krisanne Johnson.

Grantee candidates are nominated by an international committee and evaluated by a selection committee. This year the Emergency Fund received 93 nominations, and 76 photographers from 28 countries submitted proposals.

The Magnum Foundation also announced the its 2012 scholarships for the NYU/MF Photography and Human Rights program, a 5-week summer intensive at New York University that teaches photographers skills for creating documentary projects on human rights. This year’s scholarships went to: Poulomi Basu of India; Arthur Bondar, of Ukraine, Liu Jie of China; and Pooyan Tabatabaei of Iran.

October 20th, 2011

Chris Hondros Fund Announces Fellowships, Grants, New Web Site

The Chris Hondros Fund, a non-profit established by the late photojournalist’s fiance, Christina Piaia, with support from the Hondros Family, announced the launch of the Fund Web site today. Hondros was killed earlier this year in a rocket attack by Qaddafi forces in Misrata, Libya. The Fund, which will “support and advance photojournalists” also announced the establishment of fellowships and grantmaking activities.

Getty Images director of photography Pancho Bernasconi, and New York Times photographer Todd Heisler have joined Piaia on the board of directors for the Fund.

The Fund recently awarded it’s first fellowship at this year’s Eddie Adams Workshop to Enrico Fabian.

Their programs and goals were outlined in a press release as follows:

Fellowships

Chris Hondros Fellowship in Photojournalism: Each year, the Fund will select an outstanding photojournalist who is committed to creating a visual history that brings shared human experiences into the public eye and whose work shows exceptional promise to receive a fellowship for the study of photojournalism. The Fund anticipates soliciting the first round of applications in 2012.

Hondros Fellow at Eddie Adams Workshop: The Fund will award an annual fellowship to one of the attendees of the Eddie Adams Workshop based on the photography created during the workshop and a portfolio review. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to documenting a visual history of newsworthy events in the “spirit” of Chris Hondros; his imagery, and continuous drive to tell a story always made his work compelling and the successful recipient of the fellowship will share and demonstrate a similar vision and approach. Hondros attended the Workshop as a student in 1993, and returned as a team leader in 2007. On October 10, 2011, Enrico Fabian received the first Hondros Fellow award based on his powerful body of work created during the workshop, his telling portfolio and unyielding commitment to photojournalism.

Grantmaking

The Fund will provide grants to non-profit organizations and academic institutions to support projects that advance the work of aspiring photojournalists and working photojournalists and to protect and assist journalists whose work demonstrates the Fund’s mission: to create a visual history that brings shared human experiences into the public eye. These grants may also assist in raising public awareness of the effects of conflict on civilians, combatants, and society. The Fund plans to work with select organizations to develop appropriate projects and will not initially accept unsolicited proposals.

Awareness

The Fund seeks to raise awareness and educate the public about the work of photojournalists, which the Fund anticipates will include operating a lecture series, curating and promoting exhibitions, and providing direct support, in the form of fellowships and awards, to photojournalists.

Related: Hondros, Hetherington Prizes Awarded at Eddie Adams Workshop

October 20th, 2011

Krisanne Johnson Wins 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant

Photo: ©Krisanne Johnson

Photographer Krisanne Johnson has been awarded the 2010 W. Eugene Smith Grant, a $30,000 prize, to support continuing work on “I Love You Real Fast,” a project she began in 2006. The project examines women coming of age in Swaziland, where rates of HIV/AIDS infection are among the highest in the world. In accepting the grant, awarded last night at a ceremony at the Asia Society in New York, Johnson said the funds will allow her to return to photograph long-time subjects who are approaching the projected end of their life expectancy: age 31. The $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship was awarded to Dominic Bracco for his project, “Life and Death in the Northern Pass,” an examination of daily life in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

At last night’s ceremony, Sebastian Junger, author of War and co-director (with the late photographer Tim Hetherington) of the award-winning documentary Restrepo, gave the keynote speech for the presentation, quoting his friend Hetherington about why “photography is more powerful than guns. Junger also announced that, in the wake of Hetherington’s death in in Libya in April, that he had decided to launch a new program to train journalists in life-saving first aid techniques. He said “Tim might have been savable” if someone with medical training had been nearby.

For more on the Smith Grant, the list of finalists for this year’s grant, the jurors who selected the grant winners, and the winner of The Howard Chapnick Grant, read our full story on PDNOnline.com.

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October 4th, 2011

APA Launches $5,000 Grant For Established Photographers

American Photographic Artists (APA) is launching a scholarship of $5,000 to be awarded to “a deserving established professional photographer for a specific project.”  The grant will be administered by the Lucie Foundation.

“As a photographic educator I see the need for new ways to help photographers along their individual path,” says Tony Gale, APA National Board Member & APA New York Chapter Representative.

The selection committee will be made up of three jurors: Lucie Foundation founder Hossein Farmani, Lucie Foundation executive director Cat Jimenez, and one representative of APA, as yet unnamed. The scholarship is, according to APA, “open to all professional photographers.” There are no guidelines or restrictions on what the project’s topic, scope, genre or date of completion can be.

Starting November 1, interested photographers can apply for the grant by uploading a project proposal, a biography or CV, a selection of digital images, and additional information to the scholarship Web site, www.luciefoundation.org/education/scholarship-APA_2011_2012.php. The application fee is $25.

The deadline is April 30, 2012. The application can be found on the Lucie Foundation’s scholarship page.

September 20th, 2011

Smith Grant Winner to Be Announced (Updated)

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.

August 25th, 2011

Call for Applications: $20,000 Aftermath Project Grant

In 2012 The Aftermath Project will award a $20,000 grant to a photographer exploring the lasting effects of conflicts on civilian populations. The work of the grant winners and four finalists will be published in the sixth volume of War is Only Half the Story, the book published annually by The Aftermath Project. Applications for the 2012 grants are now being accepted (click here to download a PDF of the application). Applications must be received by November 1, 2011.

In the call for applications, Aftermath Project founder Sara Terry noted that in the project’s five years of existence, “almost all the proposals we have received (with a few exceptions) have been about the dangers of post-conflict situations, full of (warranted) concerns about often depressing conditions. Those are important projects, and I’m proud that we have recognized many of them. But as we enter our sixth year of granting, I would like to add another note to the conversation. For me, from the beginning, covering the aftermath of conflict has also always included an interest in better understanding the human spirit in conditions such as these – I remember being absolutely confounded by the Bosnian Muslims I met who were determined to go back to the homes from which Bosnian Serb neighbors had chased them away (and worse) during the war. I wanted to try to understand where that spirit comes from, how it survives, and perhaps why it offers hope that humanity can rise again despite the most hateful of conflicts.”

The Aftermath Project is funded by donations from institutions and individuals, and does not charge an application fee.

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