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Best Photography Grants

Posted on January 10, 2020 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Best Photography Grants
Best Photography Grants
Applying for artist grants is a great way for photographers to complement their income to ease the financial burden that often comes as part of being a working artist. These grants help artists develop their projects with more freedom and help them dedicate their full attention to their creativity. Grants are usually very competitive but when awarded it gives the selected photographers not only financial relief but also recognition.

Grants and funding for artists are key to help photographers pursue their visions, their dreams, their projects. Here's a quick look at a few grants worth considering if you are looking for a way to finance your work. Each one has a different deadline and different requirements, make sure that you read all the requirements before submitting a complete application. Some of them are by nomination only, others are dedicated to photojournalism...


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National Geographic: Early Career Grant

Quaterly Grant Deadlines

Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project.

Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000.

Eligibility: 18+ Anyone with more than five years of professional experience in the field of their project focus does not qualify for an Early Career Grant.

Grant application requirements:

A Primary Project Focus
You will need to indicate a primary project focus. If your project spans multiple focus areas or you have expertise in an additional focus area, you can indicate a secondary focus area. Not sure which category your project falls into?

Download A Sample Application
You can download a sample application for each project focus as a reference to help you prepare your proposal. These documents are meant for people with intermittent access to the internet and are for preparation purposes only. When you are ready, visit the portal to submit a proposal through the online application system.

A Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
We require you to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, in English, with your application. A CV is an extended resumé that presents biographical data, educational background, employment history, and scientific or media publication history. Do not include social security numbers, bank details, or any other private information in these documents.
Early Career Grant applicants may be asked to submit a two-minute video that will be used to help evaluate the proposal. You may speak in your primary language, but if that is not English, you MUST add English subtitles or attach an English video transcript.

A Budget
You must submit a budget with your proposal. National Geographic Society funds usually support travel (including for teams) and fieldwork (including equipment and supplies). Grant awards do not cover funding for scholarships, tuition, training courses, travel to conferences, study abroad programs, school living expenses, journal publication fees or internships. We do not provide funding for weapons or ammunition. A small amount of the requested budget can be allocated for lab work or analyses.

Team Members and References
You will need to list the name, email address, project role, affiliate organization, highest degree earned, and country of primary residence for all members of your project team. If you plan to work outside of your home country, you must include at least one local collaborator on your project team.
Early Career Grant applicants need to include the name and contact information of one advisor, mentor, or supervisor.



National Geographic: Exploration Grant

An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record. Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

The requirements are the same as the Early Career Grant except you can have more than five years experience.



Getty Images: Creative Bursary

Getty Images mission is to move the world with images and we believe in this power, yet we recognize that breaking into the commercial industry can be difficult. In a time when little budget exists for extensive creative art-directed shoots, establishing yourself as a new photographer is tougher than ever, yet in today's digital age, it is vital as an industry that we continue to attract and nurture emerging photographic talent.

Getty Images Creative Bursary exists to provide emerging commercial talent with the financial freedom to explore their own projects of personal and creative significance - projects and productions that without funding, may otherwise not get off the ground. If you are a photographer who has been shooting for less than five years, you are eligible to apply.

Seeking to elevate the work of emerging photographers using their art form to create inclusive visual stories, in 2019, our Creative Bursary focuses on the LGBTQTIA+ community. Three grants will be awarded to selected emerging creative commercial photographers, whose work focuses on evolving narratives surrounding the lives of LGBTQTIA+ using still photography.

Prizes and benefits:
First: - $10,000
Second: - $7,000
Third: - $3,000

Additionally, the successful recipients are invited to license their award-winning content through GettyImages.com, at a 100% royalty rate for imagery created within their proposed project (please see T&Cs for details). You will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty Images' award-winning Art Directors, as well as a feature on our Creative Insights website, in addition to promotion on our relevant social channels. Please note, this additional support is not a requirement of the Creative Bursary and choosing to take advantage of this this opportunity is at your discretion.

Requirements
-Links to existing portfolio of work online
-The submission must include: a 200-500-word summary of the project proposal and an inspirational mood board
-A short essay that outlines your approach
-All the required fields indicated on the application found on the Submittable website -The proposals must be in English
-All submissions must be digital, Prints, books, slides or transparencies or other such materials will not be reviewed by judges nor returned to applicant


Paula Bronstein

photo by grant winner Paula Bronstein, from her project The Cost of War.




Getty Images: Reportage Grant

Our dedication to excellence in photojournalism means we understand that creating and managing in-depth photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources. The Getty Images Reportage Grant continues the tradition of our Editorial Grants program, which, from its founding in 2004, has supported independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom necessary to pursue work that is personally important to them.

Prizes and benefits
$15,000 prize (three available)
Receive recognition in media coverage of grant winners
Assurance that you retain copyrights to the images you submit for judges' review
Option to have Getty Images' editorial guidance throughout your project

Grants will be awarded by independent judges selected by Getty Images for their expertise and experience. Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with compelling a visual narrative in a documentary feature format, taking into account the caliber of portfolio, the project's merit and professional ability.

Summary of the project proposal (Min 300 words, Max 500)
A short biography detailing who you are and what you've done
20-25 original images either related to the proposal or unrelated portfolio images
The proposals must be in English and be submitted electronically



Getty Images: Women Photograph Grant

Getty Images has partnered with Women Photograph to promote gender diversity within professional photojournalism and elevate the work and the voices of female visual journalists. Through funding and mentorship, this $10,000 grant will support an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to - and engagement with - the communities they cover.

Prizes and benefits
$10,000 prize for winning applicant
Option to have Getty Images' editorial guidance throughout your project

Applicant portfolios should indicate that a substantial amount of work has already been completed, and that the photographer has a clear vision of what further work is needed to complete the project. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to - and engagement with - the communities they cover. In addition to examples of previous work, applicants are asked to provide a biography and brief written submission that highlights the aims and purpose of your project.

Requirements
Summary of the project proposal (Min 300 words, Max 1000)
A short biography detailing who you are and what you've done
20-25 original images from your in-progress project

Getty Images: ARRAY Grant

With Getty Images mission to move the world with images, we are partnering with the ARRAY Alliance to provide support to photographers and film makers who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories. The Getty Images ARRAY Grant, offered in partnership with award-winning director and producer Ava Duvernay's ARRAY Alliance, will provide financial support and mentorship to artists who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities and use their medium to progress visual representation - communities such as African-American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous or Latinx for example. In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance.

Prizes and benefits
$5,000 prize (four available), two film-makers and two commercial creative photographers
Mentorship from either ARRAY Alliance or Getty Images
Option to take up Getty Images contract for winning work

Applicants must apply using our online application found here. The winners will be selected based on their project submissions, focusing on the quality of their cinematography, photographic skills and how their work is used to drive authenticity and inclusion. Recipients must also provide a biography and short written submission, detailing the following:

Requirements
A brief description of your approach, style and story you have covered
Answer question option 1 - What are the stories behind this project? What was your inspiration?
Answer question option 2 - How has this project been inspired by your life?
Answer question option 3 - How does your project drive a narrative of inclusion or showcase new perspectives on identity?


Katie Orlinsky

Photo © Katie Orlinsky, The Alexia Professional Grant 2018 winner




Alexia Foundation: The Alexia Professional Grant

The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.

The Professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project.

There is a $50 application fee for professional grant applications. You will be prompted to pay the $50 entry fee during the application process.

Eligibility
Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this Grant. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $10,100 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. The Grant is made to an individual photographer; project proposals that involve multiple content producers will not be accepted - unless you also submit a motion piece with your still images. You must be the primary creator on motion pieces but may have produced the piece with a small support team.

For Staff Photographers:
Professional Grant applicants who are staff photographers must provide written permission from their employer granting them a leave of absence of approximately three (3) months over the course of a year to allow time to complete their project. It is not necessary for this time to be taken in a single block. While all other application elements will be submitted online, the letter of permission must be mailed.


Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Photo © Justyna Mielnikiewicz, 2016 W. Eugene Smith Grant winner




W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: Eugene Smith Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's concerned photography and dedicated compassion evidenced during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. This Grant is designed to help a photographer begin a photographic project or help complete an ongoing photographic project. The Judges will be looking for a photographer whose proposed project seems most likely to use exemplary and compelling photojournalism (possibly supplemented by or incorporating multi-media) to address an issue of import and impact related to the human condition; social change; humanitarian concern; armed conflict or interpersonal, psychological, cultural, social environmental, scientific, medical and/or political significance, ideally expressing an underlying acknowledgement of our common humanity

Applicants should submit provisional or ongoing work from an as-yet-to-be completed project that would likely benefit from (and likely be concluded if) the photographer were to receive the grant. Applicants may also submit limited supplementary past work on a related subject as a way of demonstrating the photographer's ability to execute the new proposed project. A written project proposal is required.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete a major photographic essay. For 2019, the amount of the grant was $40,000. An additional $5,000 grant will be dispersed as a Fellowship, and two finalists deemed worthy of special recognition will each be given a grant of $2,500. All awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City.

Requirements

A biography with up to 1500 characters (approximately 275 words) and a CV with up to 2000 characters (approximately 350 words). The CV can be submitted as a PDF.

The Project Proposal which should be titled and begin with a single paragraph summary of the project. The proposal description may be more fully described; however, this should be concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, humanistically driven, and not exceed 3000 characters (approximately 550/600 words). The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing and indicate how they will use the Smith Grant to fulfill it.

IMAGES: Applicants can submit up to 40 images total. These should consist of representative images from the project being proposed to the W. Eugene Smith Fund. The applicant can include in his/her submission, past work clearly marked that represents the candidate's vision and his or her ability to execute the project being proposed to the fund.

Entrance Fee: $50 USD per project.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: The Howard Chapnick Grant

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund established the Howard Chapnick Grant, to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and to acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography. As president of the photo agency Black Star, Chapnick was responsible for making and maintaining a network of photographers around the world. He mentored numerous photographers and taught annual workshops at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In 1994 he published the book Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism, summarizing his decades of experience in the field working with photojournalists. Chapnick was a principal founder of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. After his death in 1996, the Fund established a grant in his memory to encourage and support leadership in fields related to photojournalism.

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund's Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to individuals, initiatives, organizations or projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. This grant is not intended to be used for the creation or production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the Smith Fund Grant and the Smith Fund Student Grant. The jurors for the Howard Chapnick Grant will be drawn from members of the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers this grant which provides the selected 2019 recipient with a grant of $5,000. The award will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on October 17, 2019.

Requirements

A biography with up to 1500 characters (approximately 275 words) and a CV with up to 2000 characters (approximately 350 words). The CV can be submitted as a PDF.

The Project Proposal should be titled and begin with a single paragraph summary of the project. The proposal description may be more fully described; however, this should be concise, journalistically realizable, and not exceed 6000 characters (approximately 1100/1200 words). The applicant must indicate how they will use the Smith Grant to realize their project.

Entrance Fee: $25 USD per project.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change and that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice. The Judges will be looking for a photographer and his or her proposed project that seems most likely to use exemplary and compelling photojournalism (possibly supplemented by or incorporating multi-media) to address an issue of import and impact related to the human condition; social change; humanitarian concern; armed conflict or interpersonal, psychological, cultural, social environmental, scientific medical and/or political significance, ideally expressing an underlying acknowledgement or our common humanity.

Applicants should submit provisional or ongoing work from an as-yet-to-be completed project that would likely benefit from (and likely be concluded if) the photographer were to receive the grant. Applicants may also submit limited supplementary past work on a related subject as a way of demonstrating the photographer's ability to execute the new Proposed Project. A written project proposal is also required. The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers this grant which provides a student photographer with the financial freedom to carry out or complete a photographic essay. For 2019, the amount of the grant will be $4,000. The award will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on October 17, 2019.

Requirements

A biography with up to 1500 characters (approximately 275 words) and a CV with up to 2000 characters (approximately 350 words). The CV can be submitted as a PDF.

The Project Proposal should be titled and begin with a single paragraph summary of the project. The proposal description may be more fully described; however, this should be concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, humanistic ally driven, and not exceed 3000 characters (approximately 550/600 words). The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing and indicate how they will use the Smith Fund Student Grant to fulfill it.

StudentID: A PDF of a current Student ID must be submitted.

IMAGES: Applicants can submit up to 40 images total. These should consist of representative images from the project being proposed to the W. Eugene Smith Fund. The applicant can include in his/her submission, past work clearly marked that represents the candidate's vision and his or her ability to execute the project being proposed to the Fund.

Entrance Fee: $1 USD per project.


PHmuseum

© PHmuseum




PHmuseum: PHmuseum Photography Grant

The PHmuseum Photography Grant is an annual initiative that recognises the importance of photography and visual storytelling. Over the years it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, Max Pinckers, Poulomi Basu, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its eight edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual projects through cash prizes, educational activities and exposure across international festivals, and online media.

To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to innovative and experimental projects. Our independent jury will then review all the submissions and gather together to decide what is most relevant according to their personal criteria. As usual, you retain full copyright at all times.

Prizes

1st Prize / $8,000
2nd Prize / $4,000
3rd Prize / $1,300
plus a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

New Generation Prize / $2,700

plus a consultancy from the PHmuseum Education program, a projection at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

A Solo Exhibition at PHest / Awarded by PhEST's Team

Selected by PHest's team will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the fifth edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in September 2020.

3 Free Online Portfolio Reviews from PHmuseum Education / Assigned by the PHmuseum Team

Our team will select 3 photographers from all the applicants, who will be granted a 60-minute online portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions and 35 Shortlisted Projects / The judges will select up to 35 shortlisted projects that will compete for all main prizes and honourable mentions. All shortlisted works will be projected at Lagos Photo Festival 2020, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.

Requirements:
-Project proposal
-Project description (250 words)
-Project Plan
-Five goals for the project
-Biography (one page) and/or CV
-20 digital images


Magnum Foundation

© Magnum Foundation




Magnum Foundation: Magnum Foundation Fund

Each year, a changing international committee of nominators invite photographers to submit proposals for consideration, which are then selected by an expert committee. Selected projects are those that explore new models of storytelling, demonstrate a commitment to social issues, and/or are grounded in the communities they represent.

The Magnum Foundation Fund is an evolution of our former Emergency Fund program, which was established in 2008 during the widespread collapse of media funding for long-term, in-depth documentary work. Since its inception, the Emergency Fund was a force for sustaining photographers and documentary practice. Increasingly, the ways in which stories are told and distributed is shifting, and the Magnum Foundation is fostering those imagemakers who are developing an expansive and innovative future for the field.

By nomination only
Up to $10,000 USD awarded

Magnum Foundation: Inge Morath Award

The Inge Morath Award is given annually, by the members of Magnum Photos, to a woman photographer under 30 years of age to support the completion of a long-term documentary photography project.

The Inge Morath Award was established by the members of Magnum Photos as a tribute to their colleague, who was associated with Magnum for more than fifty years and is remembered for her steadfast encouragement of women in the field. The awardee and finalists are selected each year by the full membership of Magnum Photos during the Annual General Meeting. The award is administered by the Magnum Foundation in partnership with the Inge Morath Foundation.

Production grant: $5,000 USD awarded

Yunghi Grant

Five photojournalists selected this year total of $15,000 in grants, $3,000 to each photojournalist. We thank all those who submitted entries to this year's grant.
Jeffrey Smith and I feel truly privileged to read everyone's stories and proposals, and are always heartened to see that there is really strong editorial thinking and story development each year with stories driven to completion in a challenging editorial market.
The Yunghi Grant is especially mindful of photojournalist's growth: personally and professionally. The perseverance and resilience to take a story to its conclusion, or nearly so is well noted.

PhotOn Grant

From it's creation back in 2011, the PhotOn Festival has made an effort to dedicate a very important part of its program to support the works done by the novel authors, photographers who are not known by the public, through the PhotOn Grant, and which covers different activities such as the Portfolio Reviews of the 10 finalists by photojournalists, editors and directors of European photography festivals, and their Multimedia Screenenings open to the general public.



The Burtynsky Grant

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016 - a $5,000 annual grant to support Canadian artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a photobook for publication.


Javier Arcenillas

© Javier Arcenillas, Recipient of the 3rd edition of the Biennial's Grant. Project 'Latidoamerica'




The Bienal's Grant

The Biennial's Grant is open for applications one or twice a year, and it is aimed to fund your photography project expenses through 6 months with a monthly stipend.

Our Grants provide funding by means of a monthly stipend during one semester helping worldwide photographers to further their body of work, and advancing in their photography projects, both ongoing and to be completed.

Effectively, in addition to receiving a Grant consisting in a monthly stipend, the recipients of our Grants will profit of an international promotion and exposure, publication of their awarded work in The Biennial Grant's site (an entire page with statement and images). Recipients and shortlisted will be extensively promoted and their work published in the Biennial Grant's site. The aim of our Grants is to help photographers further their career to a higher level.

The Biennial's Grant will be launched starting 2017, and each Grant consists of a total allowance of $3,000 payable in six consecutive monthly stipends of $500 each.

Open to all established and professional professionals, as well as amateurs and students from all countries of the world, the Biennial's Grant accepts projects in any medium, and at any stage of realization: completed to be refined, ongoing, or drafted to be started.

The Grants will be awarded by the curators of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography.


Igor Tereshkov

© Igor Tereshkov, 2019 Grant Recipient




CENTER: Project Launch Grant

The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working on a fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.

FIRST PLACE
-$5,000 Cash Award (some restrictions apply)
-Winners Exhibition
-Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
-Presentation at Review Santa Fe Photo Festival
-Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org

HONORABLE MENTION (2)
-$1,000 cash award
-Complimentary participation and presentation in the Review Santa Fe Photo festival
A Featured online publication with Featureshoot
-Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org

CENTER: Project Development Grant

The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist WORKS-IN-PROGRESS. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the work's final stages. This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published.

Career Advancement Package
$5,000 Cash Award *some restrictions apply
Complimentary participation and presentation in Review Santa Fe
Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org

Juror: Erin O'Toole – Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



Tabitha Barnard

© Tabitha Barnard with Cult of Womanhood, Winner of the 2018 Gomma Grant




Gomma Grant

Now in its sixth year, Gomma Photography Grant is a grant contest tailored to fund photographers, both emerging and established, working among various genre. Gomma Grant is structured so to award undetected photographers from around the world.

Gomma Grant has quickly obtained a reputation of being ethical and quality-focused, with an eye to spot fresh talents. Winners and shortlisted photographers of this Grant are continuously supported and published throughout the world thanks to the wide network that Gomma has been able to gain during all these years.

Gomma Grant is open to everyone. Any medium, black & white or colour, analogue or digital. What we are looking for is consistency, personality and courage.

Photographers that have been recognized through the Gomma Grant are known to have evolved their career to a higher level, both professionally and artistically.

Few photo contests dare to award unsigned photographers. Gomma Grant does it! Luca Desienna, Gomma's founder.

Established in 2004, Gomma has vowed to be a platform dedicated to photographers, a fresh, new space, unconditioned by trends and politics. A publishing company that allows established photographers to be represented and unknown artists to be noticed.

Gomma Books Ltd is a bijou publishing house committed to producing exclusive, highly qualitative photography books. Since its establishment in 2004, it has always had an out-of-the-box approach in contrast to conventional publishing.

Reuters: Reuters Photojournalism Grants/Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award

The Reuters photography grant program, launched in 2017, has been expanded and renamed here for long-time Reuters photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Yannis Behrakis, who died earlier this year.

Last year's successful grant program saw seven recipients here from across four continents selected from hundreds of high-quality entries.

For the inaugural Yannis Behrakis Photojournalism Grants program, Reuters Pictures reuters.com/pictures is offering ten grants of $8,000 USD for photojournalists and students to produce a photo project and develop their visual storytelling skills.

Successful stories will be distributed on Reuters platforms and Reuters Pictures editors will mentor recipients throughout their projects. Grantees will also receive Reuters instruction, including reporting and hostile environment training.

Innovate Grant

Innovate Grant awards two $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Photographer and one Visual Artist. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Innovate Grant is a new initiative that supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.


Ismail Ferdous

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film Grant Winner 2016 © Ismail Ferdous




Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film Grant

Proposals of Human Importance and Impact
Documentary photographers from around the world are invited to submit documentary photography projects along with an 15-image supporting portfolio on topics of human suffering and unrest, forgotten communities, exploited lands and people, on communities ravaged by war, poverty, famine, disease, and the exploitation of global resources.

A GLOBAL Grant
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award one EUR 3,000 grant to one documentary photography project based on the quality of the submitted 15-image portfolio, the strength of the submitted proposal, as well as any supporting materials including an updated CV. The Top 12 shortlisted portfolios will be featured and displayed during Les Rencontres d'Arles (Arles, France) at our new 18th century facility and foundation home located on 19/21 Rue de la Liberté/14 Rue Barrême. The selected project must be completed the calendar year following receipt of the grant. Grants are open to professional and emerging photographers in all countries. Photographers are expected to be committed to the field of reportage and documentary photography.

Eligible Work
All proposed projects and submitted portfolios must be works of non-fiction and must be based on such pressing social issues as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and similar topics. Proposals must be for new or continuing projects. Portfolios should be a representative sampling of your documentary work.

Award Recipients
Entries must be submitted for each photographer(s) responsible for the work submitted. Group entrants are permitted. One submission set of requested documents will be necessary for each member of a group or team. There will be only one grant issued regardless of the number of photographers involved in the submission.

International Photography Grant

International Photography Grant awards $1000 to the applicant with the most inspirational photographic idea to support visual project of the artist.

International Photography Grant 2020 is open for submissions without any fees (free to enter) to support all photographers from every corner of the world. We only accept series of photographs which share a common theme and are built as a one consistent project in the following categories: Creative, Documentary, Landscape, Portrait, Travel. The Grand Prize winner and finalists will be selected by the most respected names in photographic world.
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