Ten years ago, PhotoShelter launched our website product to help photographers…
In honor of the almighty Pulitzers, I’ve spent the morning compiling a list of contests, grants, fellowships and publishing opportunities that are particularly geared to you photojournalists out there. I can’t claim all the research credit here; I reached out for help to Kelly Shimoda, of Veras Images, a “collective of emerging international photographers based in New York
who have assembled to provide coverage of compelling feature stories,
under-reported topics, and significant social trends.”
Luckily for me, Kelly is a keeper of the contest list for Veras, and passed on her info. Remember dudes, you must spread your application seeds far and wide to gather the fruits of your photographic labor. Go to it!
*and send me any we missed; obviously there are scads.
In no particular order….
World Press Photo
The contest is open to all professional press photographers. There is no entry fee.
only photographers, but photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from
anywhere in the world are invited to submit their best news-related
pictures of the previous year. Both single images and photo stories are
eligible. The results are published on this website. Entry forms for
the contest come out in October.
Loads of contests and grants happening here. Best to go to the site.
The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of the proposed project (there is also a student category). The Alexia Grant was not established with the single purpose of
rewarding the best photographers — this is not a portfolio
competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can
further cultural understanding and world peace by conceiving and
writing a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal, and who can
demonstrate the ability to visually execute that story with compelling
images. There is no mathematical formula for determining grantees, but
the proposal and photography must both be considered of the highest
The F award
Fabrica and Forma, International Center of Photography (Milan), are proud to launch the second edition of the F Award, an international contest for concerned photography open to photographers from all over the world.
Inge Morath Award
Magnum Photos announces the fifth Inge Morath Prize to be awarded to a
woman photographer under thirty years of age. The $5000 prize is given
to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. Inge
Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum
for almost fifty years. She died in January, 2002. As Inge devoted much
of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, this award is
given as a tribute by her colleagues.
Leica Publishers’ Award
The Leica European Publishers’ Award for Photography is a photography
award, handed out once each year by the photo book publishing firms
Actes Sud (France), Apeiron Photos (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing
(UK), Edition Braus im Wachter Verlag (Germany), Lunwerg Editores
(Spain), Peliti Associati (Italy), Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands)
and Leica.. To be eligible for submission, photographers must submit
completed and unpublished photo projects in book form. The project of
the winning participant is published by the participating publishing
firms in the relevant country and in the relevant language in a total
of 5,000 copies.
Aperture Portfolio Prize
The purpose of the Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in
contemporary photography and specific artists whom we can help by
bringing their work to a wider audience. In choosing the first-prize
winner and runners-up, we are looking for work that is fresh and that
hasn’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
First prize is $2,500. The first-prize winner and runners-up are
featured on Aperture’s website for approximately one year. Winners are
also announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches
thousands of subscribers in the photography community.
Eugene Smith Memorial 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 compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as
a photographic essayist. For 2007, the grant will be $30,000, with an
additional $5,000 in fellowship money to be awarded at the discretion
of the jury. The grant program is independently administered by the W.
Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.
Alicia Patterson Prize
The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are
fulltime print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work fulltime
for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. The aim of
the trustees who established the foundation was to improve the quality
of U.S. print journalism. The fellowship stipend is
$35,000 for twelve months and must cover your travel and research
costs. Winners are
expected to begin their fellowships within the first three months of
the calendar year. Fellowships last 12 months.
Soros Foundation: Moving Walls 15 Documentary Photography Exhibition
Moving Walls is an annual
documentary photography exhibition produced by OSI, a private operating and
grantmaking foundation that works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies
whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The exhibition series is
an artistic interpretation of the obstacles–such as political oppression,
economic instability, and racism–that society often erects, and the struggles
to tear those barriers down. Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured
nearly 100 photographers whose work addresses a variety of social justice and
human rights issues that coincide with OSI’s mission.The Open Society Institute encourages photographers to submit
documentary work of national or international subjects that coincide
with the issues and geographical areas that are principally of concern
Amnesty International Media Awards
The annual Media Awards recognize excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge
journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding
of human rights issues.
Visa Pour L’image
Many Awards Available, including the Canon Female Photojournalist of the Year, the Care International Award for Humanitarian Reporting, and the City of Perpignon Young Reporter Award.
Toscana Photographic Workshops – Boulat Scholarship
To honor the memory of Alexandra Boulat, who taught
at TPW in these last years, TPW has created a special scholarship. This
will consist in the possibility to attend a workshop in Tuscany for
free (included room and board – not including travel expenses) and
work under the guidance of master photographers. It will be offered to a young photojournalist, male or female, under 35 year old.
Gordon Parks International Photo Competition
An integral part of the Gordon Parks Celebration for Culture and
Diversity will be the Gordon Parks International Photo Competition
which has been conducted by Fort Scott Community College since 1990.
More than 3,100 individuals from around the world have participated in
this annual program that, inspired by the photography of Gordon Parks,
reflects important themes in life such as social injustice, the
suffering of others, and family values.
Center (Santa Fe)
The competitions are open to all photographers, national and international,
except Center employees, board members, advisory council members and
Work derived from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital,
are accepted, as well as mixed media work that is photo-based. Both
fine art and documentary photography are welcomed. Work that has been
published in book-length form by a photographic publishing house or
university press is not eligible for the Project Competition. Previous
winners of the Project Competition may not enter again with the same
body of work.
The Berenice Abbott Prize for an Emerging Photographer
The Julia Dean Photo Workshops is Proud to Announce The Berenice Abbott Prize for an
Emerging Photographer. Prize includes A Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera, plus all expenses paid for a one-person exhibition at the Julia Dean Gallery at Venice Beach, California.
FiftyCrows International Fund for Documentary Photography
Now in its 14th year, the International Fund for Documentary
Photography competition remains one of the premiere photography
programs in the world. As the core program of FiftyCrows, the Photo
Fund supports emerging documentary photographers whose outstanding
ability in visual storytelling leads us to a better understanding of
our common humanity.
National Geographic Grant
*do this one next year, the deadline was Feb 15.
Following its long tradition of supporting and fostering new photographic talent, National Geographic
magazine will again award an annual grant of $50,000 to a professional
still photographer. In addition to the grant, the magazine will assign
a photography editor to provide guidance for a project undertaken by
the grantee. The grantee will have full access to all of the facilities
provided to the magazine’s regular contributing photographers.
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging
artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature
whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty
being aired. The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary
proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing
of books. Average grants are: $1,000.00 – $2,500.00