The Professional competition is judged on a body of work. Photographers must submit a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 images and all submissions must be accompanied by a series description. The main prize, Photographer of the Year, comes with a $25,000 prize.
The annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.
The 1st place cash prize of $8,000 will be awarded to the 2017 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished. The 2nd place winner will receive a $2000 cash prize. In addition one photographer will receive the $10,000 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Project Grant.
The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a signiﬁcant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice.
Deadline: January 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $50
The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism are awarded in fourteen categories. Entries may be made by any individual based on material coming from a United States newspaper, magazine or news site that publishes regularly during the calendar year and that adheres to the highest journalistic principles.
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
The PHmuseum Grant is an annual international initiative organized to support photographers, promote their projects and further their careers. There's a total of £12,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity for a solo exhibit at Cortona On the Move.
Alexia Foundation Student Grant
Deadline: February 14, 2017
Entry Fee: $50
The Alexia Foundation offers a Student Alexia Grant to enable current college student photographers 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 Documentary Project Fund offers 2 Project Support Awards. The first is the Established Artist $5000 award, open to anyone on any topic local to the photographer. The second is the Emerging Vision $3500 award, meant for new or transitioning photographers.
The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014). With this Award, the IWMF celebrates the courage of women photojournalists like Anja. The Award recognizes the importance of visual journalistic work that inspires us to take action and compels us to better understand the world.
Created in 2014 with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication, as Anja’s does.
The Award winner will be publicly honored, have her work showcased, and receive a cash prize of $20,000.
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. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition during Review Santa Fe.
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. This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition during Review Santa Fe.
The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into four categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Director’s Choice and Exhibitor’s Choice. Winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more. The Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Review Santa Fe.
The FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in 7 cities across the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, and Denver.
Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for consideration by the jury. The submitted work should fit one or more of our 7 thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food.
The Archive of Documentary Arts and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library are committed to acquiring and preserving materials that document the history of feminist activism. To this end, the ADA & the Bingham Center are pleased to offer the Bettye Lane Award for Feminist Photography to acquire work by women who, through their photography, has documented feminist activism and/or efforts to improve conditions for women in society. in 2017 a selected photographer will receive an honorarium of $6,000 to print a completed body of work of between 40-50 images which will be acquired by the ADA & the Bingham Center and added to our collection. That body of work will be preserved at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, and be available for use by students, faculty, and independent researchers. The ADA & Bingham Center also promote their collection material through exhibition and a variety of public programs.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation calls for project proposals along with portfolios to highlight human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress. The foundation will award a $5,000 grant to the winning documentary/reporting project proposal.
The Visura Photojournalism Grant, FotoVisura Grant, and Multimedia Grant empower photojournalists by supporting their work, mission, and career. Visura awards each winner with a $5000 cash prize.
The HCB Award is a prize to stimulate a photographer’s creativity by offering the opportunity to carry out a project that would otherwise be difficult to achieve. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, a talented photographer in the emerging phase of his or her career, with an approach close to that of documentary. The prize is €35 000 Euros and is awarded every other year.
The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation award $5,000 every year to a female photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers and the director of the Inge Morath Foundation.
The main EPF grant awards a photographer $10,000 to continue work on an ongoing documentary project. There is also a Young EPF Award of $5,000.
The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.
The Grants for Photojournalism program supports independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom and collaborative editorial support necessary in their pursuit of work that is personally important to them and which they would otherwise not have the time or resources to address. There are five $10,000 grants available.
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 exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.
The Howard Chapnick Grant encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. 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 projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.
Howard Chapnick Grant
Deadline: May 31, 2017
The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer born or residing in Europe to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project. The Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £1,000 plus £1,000 credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.
The Arnold Newman Prize rewards excellence in new directions in photographic portraiture. The annual prize winner receives an award of $20,000 and is acknowledged in New York City with an exhibit and celebration. The winner’s work will also be exhibited at the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine.
This award is intended for freelance professional photojournalists. Its aim is to support and accompany their work in difficult conditions and in areas at risk. Its essence is to reward a photographer who, through his personal commitment, involvement in the field, his positions and the quality of his work, will have demonstrated his commitment to freedom of information.
The Bob and Diane Fund seeks submissions from visual storytellers—still photography, video, and multimedia—on stories about Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. The grant is for $5,000 to complete, publish or exhibit/feature. These can be intimate stories of loss, as well as those that point out the urgency of a growing medical crisis for Alzheimer's and/or dementia.
The Tim Hetherington Grant is an annual €20,000 grant awarded to a visual journalist to finalize an ongoing project on a human rights theme.