April 15th, 2015

Åsa Sjöström, Amirtharaj Stephen Win 6th Annual Activist Awards

From "The Secret Camps." ©Åsa Sjöström

From “The Secret Camps.” ©Åsa Sjöström

Åsa Sjöström has won the $15,000 Activist Award for professional photographers, while Amirtharaj Stephen has won the $5,000 award for emerging photographers, Catchlight has announced.

Formerly known as PhotoPhilanthropy, Catchlight sponsors the Activist Awards to recognize photographic excellence in service of NGOs addressing a variety of social issues.

Sjöström’s winning essay, called The Secret Camps, explores the issue of domestic violence through her images of women and children taking temporary refuge in summer camps operated by the Women’s Rights Association of Malmö, Sweden. “I want to create awareness and also to induce a genuine situation between me and the people in my photographs,” the photographer told Catchlight.

In a prepared statement about this year’s award winners, jurors praised Sjöström’s project for a “visually distinctive approach” that captures a transformational time for victims of domestic violence and that “brings attention to an issue that affects women and children all over the world.”

Finalists for the professional prize were Annalisa Natali Murri and Sergi Camara. (more…)

October 15th, 2014

Attention Photojournalists: Upcoming Grant and Prize Deadlines

Looking for support for your visual journalism? Take note of these calls for entries.

Tim Hetherington Grant
A joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch, the Tim Hetherington Grant is a 20,000 euro prize awarded annually to a visual journalist. The grant is intended to help photographers and filmmakers finish ongoing projects on a human rights theme. The deadline to enter is October 31. The grant was created in memory of Tim Hetherington, who was killed in April 2011 while covering fighting in Misrata, Libya. Past winners of this juried prize have included Olivier Jobard and Fernando Moleres.

Photo Philanthropy Activist Awards
PhotoPhilanthropy, which connects photographers with nonprofits to drive action for social change, is now accepting entries in its 2014 Activist Awards, open to all professional and emerging photographers who have collaborated with a nonprofit organization on a photo project. The grand prize for a professional photographer is $15,000. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to an emerging photographer. The deadline is December 3, 2014. The jury will be announced later this month.

Open Society Moving Walls
Open Society Foundations is now accepting proposals for Moving Walls 2015, an exhibition which will open June 2015 at the Open Society Foundations’ offices in New York City. The application deadline is November 18. Moving Walls highlights long-term photo-based documentary projects addressing human rights or social justice issues in an area where Open Society is active. Open Society covers the cost of printing, travel to attend the opening, and return shipment of photos, and provides a $2,500 participation fee.

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February 5th, 2013

Liz Hingley Wins $15,000 PhotoPhilanthropy Prize

©Liz Hingley

©Liz Hingley

Photographer Liz Hingley has won the 2012 PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award in the professional category, organizers of the competition announced last week. She will receive $15,000 for a story she shot for Save The Children about a UK family living in their first house after residing for three generations in caravans.

“This series of photographs was taken during two years of close collaboration” with the family of two parents and seven children, Hingley explained on her entry form. “I formed a trusting relationship….in order to develop a more subtle visual language, which provides new ways of representing the stories of both struggle and resilience.” The photographer noted that it was the first time Save the Children “was able to use real peoples’ stories to communicate the meaning and experience of genuine deprivation in a wealthy country.”

The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards is an annual competition to recognize bodies of work by photographers who collaborate with non-profit organizations to affect social change. Runners up in the professional category this year were Gwenn  Dubourthoumieuon, who shot a story about copper mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo for The Carter Center; and Sara Anjargolian, who shot a story about poverty in Armenia on behalf  of Tufenkian Foundations.

Other 2012 Activist Award winners included Kai Löffelbein, who won in the student category for work he shot for Society for Community Organization; and Natasha Kharlamova in the amateur category for work she completed for Our Sunny World. Löffelbein and Kharlamova will receive $2,000 each.

The judges for the competition included documentary photographers Phil Borges and John Isaac; Denise Wolff, photo book editor for Aperture; Alexa Dilworth, publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; and Margaret Aguirre, global communications director for International Medical Corps.

See more information about the 2012 contest and winners. See a slideshow of Hingley’s entry here.