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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.

Related stories:

$30K W. Eugene Smith Grant Awarded to Darcy Padilla

Anatomy of a Successful Grant Proposal: Krisanne Johnson’s Coming of Age Story

PDN Photo of the Day: I Love You Real Fast

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.

Related stories:
Davide Monteleone Wins 2011 Aftermath Grant

June 27th, 2011

Aftermath Project Launches $20k Grant for Conflict Photogs

The Aftermath Project, a non-profit organization that gives grants that help photographers tell stories about countries and communities affected by war and other armed conflict, has created a special, one-time $20,000 grant for conflict photographers.

The grant will be awarded to a photographer interested in telling a personal story of how their work covering war has affected their own life. The deadline for the grant is October 1, 2011.

“The subject can be approached in any way—portraits, landscapes, reportage, collaboration with a family of someone who has been killed, anything that explores the personal aftermath of covering war, whether that be PTSD, the aftermath of sexual assault, the aftermath of being wounded,” writes Aftermath Project director Sara Terry her announcement of the grant “This is a very open and fluid call for proposals on this subject, and we welcome any and all approaches.”

The grant was initiated by Terry in response to the “incredible sense of loss” in the photography community following the deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya earlier this year.

The Aftermath Project will also award a $5,000 honorarium to a fixer who has worked with a conflict photographer and wants to tell a written or visual story about how their work has affected their life.

Photographers and fixers who apply for the grant together are eligible for the full $25,000 award.

Download the grant application here:

http://www.theaftermathproject.org/pdf/conflictgrantapplication.pdf

June 27th, 2011

Tiziano Project’s 360 Kurdistan Wins $200,000 Grant

© The Tiziano Project

The Tiziano Project of Los Angeles, which supports online storytelling by citizen journalists in conflict, post conflict and underreported regions of the globe, has won a $200,000 Knight News Challenge grant to improve its award-winning 360 Kurdistan web site. The Tiziano Project was one of 16 winners splitting $4.7 million in grants from the Knight News Challenge, which supports new uses of web-based journalism. The Knight Foundation announced the winners on June 22.

The mission of 360 Kurdistan is to offer “a robust and complete understanding of life, culture and news in present-day Kurdistan.” Its site currently features slide shows and videos by several Iraqi journalists and Western mentors, including executive director and photographer Jon Vidar. The 360 Kurdistan team will use its Knight News Challenge grant to improve its web site using HTML5, and increase the sharing of its content on tablet and mobile devices. According to the Knight Foundation announcement, “The project will also build an interactive map to serve as a hub for projects developing similar sites in their communities and enable direct communication between these communities and their audiences.”

The full list of grant winners can be found here.