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February 1, 2017 to May 28, 2017
YET Magazine
Hosted by: YET Magazine
Territory: Worldwide - Theme: Open
Entry Fee: 15 Euros
Due to the launch of its eleventh issue which sees the development of a different format involving several approaches to photography and media, YET magazine is pleased to launch a call for projects meant to find amazing photography series that will take part in the development of a curatorial project with the collaboration of several curators and experts. Submissions are open worldwide to photographers, lens-based and media artists with no restrictions in terms of age or genre. Submissions must engage the intersections between digital and traditional photography. The winners will be part of the upcoming issue of YET magazine and a series of shows and interventions.
Close on June 1, 2017
Call for Proposals
Hosted by: SPE
Territory: North America - Theme: Open
Eligibility: Only current professional level (non-student) members of SPE are eligible to apply for the grant
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: Cash Prize
SPE welcomes proposals from photographers, artists, writers, educators, curators, historians, and professionals from other fields for the 2018 Annual Conference, UNCERTAIN TIMES: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood. We will address questions of globalization, migration, territory, refuge, community, identity, nationalism, and internationalism, and will evaluate the contribution of photographic practices seeking to humanize and reveal these topics. Topics are not limited to the theme and may include imagemaking, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches, new technologies, effects of media and culture, educational issues, funding, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance, and installation.
Close on June 10, 2017
Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Grants
Hosted by: Lagardere Foundation
Territory: Worldwide - Theme: Documentary
Eligibility: Under 35
Entry Fee: No - FREE
Prize: Cash Prize
Created in 1990, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Grants help young media and culture professionals. Every year, a grant of 15,000 euros is awarded to a (french speaking) photographer under the age of 35 who wishes to create an original and innovative documentary project. The jury is composed of photography and media professionals. Much more than financial support, these grants provide a true springboard, helping to launch the careers of the award winners. Applicants should practice photography as their core activity and have authored at least two documentary photo publications printed on paper or online in periodical press and/or as books and/or exhibition catalogs. Some of the previous recipients of the Foundation Photographer grants include: Sarah Caron (2000), Samuel Bollendorff (2001), Agnès Dherbeys (2005), Véronique de Viguerie (2006), Stéphanie Lacombe (2006), William Daniels (2007), Elena Chernyshova (2011), Maciek Pozoga (2014) . . . In 2016, the Photographer grant was awarded to Anna Filipova for her photo essay on Greenland, highlighting the impact of mining on the local populations. Through their ambitious vision and generous financing, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Photographer Grants are an excellent example of encouragement for, and acknowledgement of, the profession of photography!
Close on December 31, 2017
Larry Sultan Photography Award
Hosted by: Pier 24 Photography, CCA and SFMOMA
Territory: Worldwide
Eligibility: Application process is by nomination only.
Entry Fee: No - FREE
Prize: Artist in Residence
Merit of past work that exemplifies innovation in the discipline of photography
Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at Headlands and the CCA community (see program goals)
Potential to develop creative practice and impact the community at Headlands and beyond

Selectin Process
Headlands' staff and partners review applications to ensure completion and eligibility
Submissions are reviewed by a jury of knowledgeable and esteemed artists and arts professionals (particularly those with strong understanding of photography)
The jury evaluates each artist's materials and selects finalists
Finalists are invited to present their work in a 20-minute, in-person, phone, or Skype interview to determine the final award selection.
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