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SDN is excited to announce a Call for Entries for the 2021 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography. This award will recognize the work of two photographers as first-place winners and four photographers as honorable mentions.
Seeking submissions of documentary projects from a global community of photographers — projects that have the highest visual and storytelling components while exploring important global issues that affect us all. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert jurors.
Deadline for Award Entries: April 30, 2021 // Up to 30 images may be submitted. All submissions include a free exhibit on the SDN website for one year. Scholarships are available.
OPPORTUNITIES: ZEKE Award
The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project.
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply for the MPS Fund. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.
Questions? Contact Britney Penouih, Grants coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
OPPORTUNITIES: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
MINT & Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) are teaming up to support an Atlanta-based emerging photographer with a Fellowship opportunity.
One artist will be selected by a jury to produce an individual project over a 6 month period. The photographer will receive support on their proposed project including professional mentorship opportunities, a stipend, and a four-week exhibition at MINT during #ACPFest (October 2021).
OPPORTUNITIES: Fellowship [Grant]
The Light Work Grants in Photography program was established in 1975 to support artists working in Central New York. The $3,000 grants are awarded to encourage the development of ongoing projects and the creation of new work. The work of the grant recipients is exhibited at Light Work and reproduced in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.
OPPORTUNITIES: Photography Grants
Portfolio reviews with CPAC Executive Director & Curator are offered year round by appointment for a fee of $60 for a 30-minute session. If you are a CPAC member at the Friend ($250) level or above, a portfolio review is included in your annual membership. Appointments are available during gallery hours Tuesday through Friday. Portfolio review’s can be done virtually via Zoom.
OPPORTUNTIES: Portfolio Reviews
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film aspires to encourage a new generation of photographers and filmmakers, armed with only a camera and a vision of a better world, to take to the streets every day and document humanity on the move. By rewarding the dedication and determination of emerging photographers and filmmakers, the foundation’s mission is to support photo and film reportage as a catalyst for change and social justice in communities where needs are most pressing
OPPORTUNITIES: Photography Grants
An internationally respected, not-for-profit qualifying organization for photographers since 1999, supporting and networking with photographers and governments worldwide.
The FEP represents over 50,000 professional image-makers in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom through their national associations. They have some individual members in Estonia, Greece, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, and Switzerland, that are countries not represented by national associations.
OPPORTUNITIES: FEP Awards
TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so.
We provide project support grants to photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell.
Documentary photography demands a level of commitment that is very difficult for a photographer who wants to do the work but still needs to make a living. Our project support will help ensure that important projects get completed. And then, we will help get that work out to as wide an audience as possible.
A great opportunity to show your photographs to professionals who publish, exhibit, write and teach. Get new ideas, make connections, and find opportunities.
The PHOTOALLIANCE Our World portfolio review event brings together top photography editors, publishers, curators, gallerists, and educators representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from around the U.S. and abroad to meet with engaged photographers, review their portfolios, encourage their careers, and exchange opportunities.
OPPORTUNITIES: Our World Portfolio Review
Ready your portfolio for top photographers, picture editors and other pros in the business to evaluate your work. Most all of the photographers do portfolio reviews, so register before your favorites are all booked up.
ONE-ON-ONE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS: Wednesday to Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR A CLIENT OR GALLERY:
A great opportunity to have a personalized session with an experienced editor, and successful photographers’ representative, Debbie Bondulic.
Gold Passport Holders: Free // General Admission: $75 per review
OPPORTUNITIES: Portfolio Reviews
The online Portfolio Review offers participating photographers the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals—from curators to practitioners, editors to educators. Reviewers will offer valuable feedback on your work and guidance for your career.
OPPORTUNITIES: EXPOSURE Reviews
En Foco, Inc. is a non-profit that supports contemporary primarily U.S.-based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander heritage.
Founded in 1974, En Foco makes their work visible to the art world, yet remains accessible to under-serviced communities. Through exhibitions, workshops, events, and publications, it provides professional recognition, honoraria, and assistance to photographers as they grow into different stages of their careers.
OPPORTUNITIES: The En Foco Photography Fellowship; Media Arts Work-In-Progress (WIP) Fund
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 Estate.
Applications are currently open and due on April 30, 2021.
OPPORTUNITIES: Inge Morath Award
The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.
The category winners in both professional and amateur levels, listed below, will compete for IPA’s top two awards, which will be announced at the annual Lucie Awards Gala. The main professional prize is International Photographer of the Year, selected from the 13 professional category winners and earning the coveted Lucie Trophy and a cash prize of $10,000. The 13 category winners in the non-professional/student categories will compete for the title of Discovery of the Year. The winner will also be awarded the Lucie Trophy and $5,000 cash prize.
IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of the Lucie Foundation is funded largely through the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, the Lucie Awards.
OPPORTUNITIES: Lucie Awards
An event involving hundreds of photographers, reviewers, staff, and volunteers, the Portfolio Review event is based on almost 3,000 scheduled face-to-face conversations and large-scale gatherings (Portfolio Walk, Photobook Fair, Closing Party, etc.) involving both participants and the Portland public. Approximately 90% of our participants travel from outside of Portland, both nationally and internationally. With no way to guarantee the safety of all participants, we feel that it is not realistic to attempt to organize this event at this time.
Photolucida is a small, economically marginal nonprofit arts organization, and not being able to produce this event is a loss of over 50% of our yearly income. Please tune in over the next few months to learn about some alternative programming encouraging community and connections, including our online auction event on March 1 – 21!
OPPORTUNITIES: Portfolio Reviews & Online Auction
Each year, the Houston Center for Photography selects an expert writer, critic, or curator to identify two artists from hundreds of submissions who exemplify excellence and innovation in their approaches to new photography. The Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and the Carol Crow Fellowship Awards aim to highlight each artist’s work and to offer them a platform and the support to continue developing their projects. One Houston-based artist (residing within a 100-mile radius of Houston) will receive the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and another artist, from anywhere in the world, will receive the HCP Fellowship.
The two selected artists will each be awarded $3,000, a solo exhibition at HCP in May of 2021, and a spread in spot magazine. The competition is open to all photographic, film, video, and lens-based installation work. The exhibition will be on view from May–July 2021.
OPPORTUNITIES: Fellowship & Grant
Announcing LACP’s Exposure Weekend 2021, virtual portfolio reviews hosted on January 21-24, 2021. Portfolio reviews are twenty-minute face-to-face virtual meetings with museum curators, gallery owners, publishers and photo professionals. All meetings will take place online via zoom.
Participants can expect to receive candid feedback about their images, as well as professional advice about exhibitions and other opportunities. All participants should be prepared to share their images (and screen) via zoom with their reviewers.
Mark your calendars for January 21-24, 2021
OPPORTUNITIES: Exposure Weekend 2021 – Portfolio Reviews
The Meeting Place Portfolio Review is a multi-day event that gives photographic artists the opportunity to meet with and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world.
The event is truly a “meeting place”, where photographic artists, curators, gallery owners, photo editors, book publishers, collectors, and colleagues have the opportunity to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.
The 2021 Portfolio Review event will be held entirely online, from March 8 – 21, 2021.
OPPORTUNITIES: Meeting Place 2021 – Virtual Portfolio Reviews
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