June 1st, 2016

Annie Flanagan Wins $5K Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

New Orleans photographer Annie Flanagan has been awarded $5,000 as the winner of the 2016 Michael P. Smith Fund grant for documentary photography. Flanagan won for her series “Deafening Sound” about rape culture in the U.S.

An image from Annie Flanagan's photo project, "Deafening Sound." Williston, North Dakota, 2013. Photo © Annie Flanagan

An image from Annie Flanagan’s photo project, “Deafening Sound.” Williston, North Dakota, 2013. Photo © Annie Flanagan

Flanagan photographed women who have been victims of rape and other sexual and physical abuse. Her images highlight their injuries, both physical and emotional. “Her photographs are direct and jarring, pulling us into the nightmares of these women’s lives, yet they are also tender and affecting, and at times even lyrical,” says juror Stella Kramer in a prepared statement.

Other finalists for the grant were Jeremiah Ariaz, whose work captures African American trail riders in Louisiana, and Michael Adno for his series “Cracker Politics” that covers the contemporary manifestations of historically controversial groups like the Klu Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations.

The grant, which was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is meant to honor the work and life of documentary photography Michael P. Smith. The grant is open to Gulf Coast photographers working on long-term cultural documentary projects.

A second $5,000 grant from the New Orleans Photo Alliance—the Clarence John Laughlin Award—will open for submissions on June 15. The award is meant to support the work of photographers “who use the medium as a means of creative expression,” according to NOPA’s web site.

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February 10th, 2015

Funding Your Long-Term Photo Project—Upcoming Award and Fellowship Deadlines

Two awards and a pair of reporting fellowships are currently seeking applications.

The International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University is seeking applications for reporting fellowships on the topics of health/development and religion.

IRP says that the fellowship awards will include “roundtrip air tickets to and from [fellows’] homes and destinations, but all other travel must be arranged and paid by the fellow. IRP will offer a stipend based, in part, upon the budgets that all applicants must submit.”

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline on Monday, March 16. Applicants can be freelance or staffers. For more information visit the program website.

The 5,000 Euro (approx. $5656) Alfred Fried Photography Award is seeking photographs that answer the question, “What does peace look like?” All photojournalists may enter the Austria-based award competition free of charge. The entry deadline is May 17, 2015. Visit the Fried Award website for more information.

Last but not least, the New Orleans Photo Alliance is currently accepting applications for its annual Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography award of $5,000. The award is open to photographers based on the Gulf Coast of the United States—Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, is the judge for this year’s award. Applications require a fee of $25, and are due March 30, 2015. For more info visit the NOPA website.

August 24th, 2011

$5,000 Clarence John Laughlin Award: Deadline Sept. 1

Created by the artist-run non-profit New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA),  The Clarence John Laughlin Award supports photographers who use photography, in any style or genre, traditional or digital, “as a means of creative expression.” The $5,000 prize is open to photographers residing in the US. This year’s juror is curator and writer George Slade.

Applicants should submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images, a written statement and a $25 application fee ($60 for non-members, who then become NOPA members) through the NOPA web site by September 1.  A complete list of guidelines, judging criteria and rules can be found at: