March 23rd, 2016

Magnum Foundation Announces 2016 Emergency Fund Grants

Just Like Us, Ghana. Emergency Fund grant photo. Photo © Eric Gyamfi.

Henry visits Jay, Ghana. Photo © Eric Gyamfi.

Eighteen photographers from around the world have been awarded the 2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, a grant that helps independent photographers produce in-depth and creative stories on underreported issues.

Grantees were selected by an independent editorial committee from a pool of 140 photographers nominated by 26 international editors, curators, and educators.

The grantees are:

Poulomi Basu, Endia Beal, Injinaash Bor, Alejandro Cegarra, Chien-Chi Chang, Joana Choumali, Jordi Ruiz Cirera, Nadege Mazars, Thomas Dworzak, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ziyah Gafic, Brigitte Grignet, Eric Gyamfi, Yael Martinez, Showkat Nanda, Katie Orlinsky, Prisiit Sthapit and Angelos Tzortzinis.

A total of $138,000 will be dispersed among the grantees, the highest amount given in a single year in the Emergency Fund grant’s seven-year history. This year, the grants are made in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, which “channels support where cultural expression and creative production are limited or restricted,” according to the Prince Claus Fund.  The collaboration has allowed the Emergency Fund to support more projects.

The issues this year’s grantees are covering include teen culture and generational shifts within Mongolian society; the refugee crisis in Europe; the LGBT community in Ghana (above); and experiences shared by African-American women in the workplace, among other topics.

“I anticipate this group of visual artists will produce transcendent and extraordinary photography in 2016 and well beyond,” said photo editor James Wellford, editorial committee member, in a statement about the grant.

To see last year’s list of Emergency Fund Grant winners and descriptions of their projects, click here.

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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.