8 Photographers Win Magnum Foundation Fund Grant

Posted by on Wednesday May 30, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Sarker Protick, Magnum Foundation
Terrace and pigeon house built by a family occupying the Dubolhati Rajbari, Dubolhati, Bangladesh. © Sarker Protick

Terrace and pigeon house built by a family occupying the Dubolhati Rajbari, Dubolhati, Bangladesh. © Sarker Protick

The Magnum Foundation Fund has announced the recipients of its 2018 grant. The winners will receive grants of varying amounts as well as “project development support” to explore “new models of storytelling.” The Magnum Foundation announced the news today.

The eight winning projects are: “Eclipse” by Sagar Chhetri; “Orinoco Women’s Journal” by Juanita Escobar; “Santa Barbara” by Diana Markosian; “The Philly Bop” by Tiona Nekkia McClodden; “Feminist Memory Project” by the Nepal Picture Library; “Exodus” by Sarker Protick; “Nyaope” by Lindokhule Sobekwa; and “On Andean Ground: The Yawar Fiesta” by Martin Weber.

Since it was founded in 2010, The Magnum Foundation Fund has backed 88 artists, more than half of them from outside the U.S. and Western Europe. This year’s winners were chosen from among 151 proposals from 29 different countries. They were nominated by a group of 30 industry professionals and then selected by a jury comprised of Prerana Reddy, Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass; Joshua Chuang, Curator of Photography at the New York Public Library; and Kira Pollack, Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair.

Magnum Foundation also announced its 2018 Photography and Social Justice Fellows. The ten recipients will receive intensive training in New York City to become “effective storytellers, creative leaders, and changemakers.”

This year’s fellows are: Bahaa Elias, a graphic designer and photographer from Iraq; Chinese photographer Billy H.C. Kwok; American visual artist Courtney Garvin; Fabiola Ferrero, who is based between Venezuela and Colombia; Jeremiah Ikongio from Nigeria, who incorporates new media and performance art into his work; American photographer and activist Flo Razowsky; Özge Sebzeci from Turkey; Indian photographer Rohit Saha; and Thandiwe Msebenzi from South Africa.

Guevara Namer, from Syria, was selected, but was not able to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. because of the travel ban. She’ll be participating in part of the program remotely from Germany.

The mission of the Photography and Social Justice program is to support a diverse, international group of early career photographers, journalists, artists and activists who seek to challenge injustice and advance human rights through photography. This year’s recipients were selected from more than 600 applicants.
—Sarah Stacke

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