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Quick Tip: Get the Right Insurance (It Could Save You)

Posted by on Tuesday May 1, 2018 | Business

To save money, photographers cut all sorts of corners, especially when they’re starting out. Photographer Christa Renee emphasizes the importance of carrying proper insurance from the start. “There have been a couple jobs recently where I would not have even been able to do the job if I didn’t have insurance,” she says. “Two different... More

In Monkey Selfie Case, Appeals Court Says Animals Can’t Sue for Copyright

Posted by on Tuesday April 24, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

PETA's hopes to extend copyright to the animal kingdom are dashed.

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the infamous monkey selfie case, on the grounds that “the Copyright Act does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement claims under the statute.” The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is located in San Francisco, handed down the ruling... More

Andrea Bruce Wins $20K 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Award

Posted by on Monday April 16, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

In Baghdad, Halla Hameed with her children in 2003. After her husband was killed in the violence during the initial days of the U.S. invasion, she became a prostitute to provide for her children. A customer sits behind her. ©Andrea Bruce

Photographer Andrea Bruce has won the 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced on Saturday. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Two other photographers—Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway—won honorable mentions. Chosen from 136 nominees, Bruce won for her work focusing on people living in the aftermath of... More

Quick Tip: When Prizes Come with a Downside

Posted by on Wednesday April 11, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

From @deannefitzmaurice's Pultizer-winning photo essay about the treatment at a California hospital of an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion. ©Deanne Fitzmaurice/San Francisco Chronicle

The World Press Photo awards will be announced Thursday, April 12, followed by the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, April 16. Major prizes like those can transform a winner’s career. But the big prizes can also carry liabilities. In 2016, we asked two past Pulitzer winners—Deanne Fitzmaurice and William Snyder—about how their careers changed after they... More

Filmmaker/Photographer Graham Dickie Wins 2018 Alexia Student Grant

Posted by on Wednesday April 11, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

From "How Life Is: Rap in Rural Southeast Louisiana," by Alexia Student Grant winner Graham Dickie. ©Graham Dickie

Graham Dickie of Tsinghua University (Beijing)and the University of Texas at Austin has won the 2018 Alexia Student Grant for “How Life Is: Rap in Rural Southeast Louisiana,” a project combining a film and a photo series. The Alexia Foundation announced the news today. “For the first time, a film received top honors in the... More

Rena Effendi Wins $20K Alexia 2018 Professional Grant

Posted by on Monday April 9, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

©Rena Effendi
Shauncina Lovejoy, hugging her aunt Jada Longie, Spirit Lake, North Dakota. April, 2013. ©Rena Effendi

Photographer Rena Effendi has won the $20,000 Alexia 2018 Professional Grant to support her “Spirit Lake” project, the Alexia Foundation announced today. Effendi’s project examines the effects of trauma from recurrent sexual abuse at the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota, and community efforts to help victims through traditional healing. “I feel so very privileged... More

Quick Tip: Duane Michals on Conquering Self-Doubt

Posted by on Tuesday April 3, 2018 | Uncategorized

The cover of Michals' most recent book, a collection of portraits published in 2017.

Photographer Duane Michals has had a long, successful career as both a fine artist and commercial shooter. When we asked him for a 2016 PDN story about how successful photographers overcome their self-doubt, he shared this empathetic advice for building confidence in yourself, and your work. “Self-doubt? I don’t understand it myself. Creativity always has... More

Andrea Bruce, Aida Muluneh, Carlos Javier Ortiz Win $30K Catchlight Fellowships

Posted by on Monday April 2, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

©Aida Muluneh
©Aida Muluneh

Photographers Andrea Bruce, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Aida Muluneh have won the 2018 Catchlight Fellowships, the San Francisco-based organization announced today. The winners will each receive a $30,000 grant to support an ongoing project. Bruce won for “Our Democracy,” a project that encourages people to look beyond partisan political divides by exploring what democracy means... More

Quick Tip: To Survive, Pay Yourself

Posted by on Tuesday March 27, 2018 | Business

Edward Curtis
Despite his fame as a photographer, Edward Curtis died broke. (Self-portrait, c. 1889)

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve was recently reminded that financial security doesn’t just take care of itself, even for the most successful photographers. That reminder came while he was reading a biography of renowned 19th century photographer Edward S. Curtis. “Curtis fell into a trap, which many photographers [do],” van Houtryve explains. “He never put in... More