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Grants & Competitions

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Foam Talent Call 2014

The Foam Magazine Talent Call is one of the photographic industry's most prestigious contests for young photographers all over the world. It is a career building platform, helping to launch aspiring talents into the international photography industry and giving them international acclaim and recognition.

Submissions must be made by March 12, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Foam website.

JGS Quarterly Photography Contest

Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS) established in 2009 an ongoing international quarterly contest that encourages artists to share their unique perspective. Quarterly winners will receive $1,000 and their work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Forward Thinking Museum. Annual winners will receive the JGS Artist Award in the amount of $5,000 and their work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the FTM.

Submissions must be made by March 31, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Forward Thinking Museum website.

Light Work Grants

Light Work is pleased to announce the 2014 Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Light Work began offering grants to CNY artists in 1975 to encourage the production of new photographic work in the region. Three $2,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y. The recipients of these grants are invited to display their work in a special exhibition at Light Work, and their work will also be reproduced in Light Work’s award-winning publication, Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

Apply by April 1, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Light Work website.

Getty Images Grants Creative Grants

Nonprofits need striking imagery and video to effectively tell their stories. Beyond that, in order to stand out from the documentary style traditionally associated with the nonprofit sector, they need innovative and creative visionaries at their side to produce campaigns which elevate awareness for their cause. This is why the Getty Images Creative Grants provide two grants of $15,000 annually, to cover photographer (or filmmaker) and agency costs as they work together to create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.

Applications are accepted April 1–May 15, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

We believe that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. We also understand that creating and managing world-class photography assignments requires time, freedom, support and considerable resources.

That is why we continue to offer the Grants for Editorial Photography, which provides five total grants of $20,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance. In 2012 Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography will award four of five $20,000 grants through our annual application proposal process, with applications being accepted beginning April 1 and will require a one-page summary of the project proposal, a short bio, and 20-25 images. In addition, one grant will be awarded, in conjunction with The Chris Hondros Fund, for extraordinary news coverage of a current event.

Applications are accepted April 1–May 15, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

Getty Images Emerging Talent Award

To complement Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, we offer an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through our Emerging Talent Award. Applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of submission and not associated with any agency. The award will be judged based on the strength of the photographer's work. The decision as to whether the entrant qualifies as 'emerging' will be at our discretion. Photographers who have been widely published and/or earned numerous high-profile industry awards may be deemed already established and therefore ineligible. If you are unsure whether you would qualify, please submit an entry and we will make a determination during the judging in July.

Applications are accepted April 1–May 15, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

The Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize

This prize will be a grant of $10,000, awarded to one photographer, with less than five years experience in the field, based on their existing portraiture work. Applicants must submit 10-20 images from their portrait work (either individual images or a series) along with a biography, brief explanation of their approach to portraiture, and description of what they would like to accomplish in their careers, (each in 1,000 words or less).

Applications are accepted April 1–May 15, 2014. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

First announced a year after the Center for Documentary Studies's founding at Duke University, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. This year, the CDS is proud to re-launch the Lange-Taylor Prize, which supports documentary artists who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work.

The winner will receive $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Submissions must be made by May 7, 2014. For guidelines, visit the CDS website.

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

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. For 2014, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City in early October.

Apply by May 31, 2014. For submission guidelines, visit the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund website.

Howard Chapnick Grant

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new award, 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 acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography. 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.

Apply by May 31, 2014. To apply, visit the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund website.

International Photography Awards

The International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today! Each year, we invite a panel of over 80 Internationally renowned industry leaders in photography to serve on the jury panel.

The Winner of Photographer of the Year Award: $10,000 cash prize, sponsored by AtEdge
The Winner of Discovery of the Year Award: $5,000 cash prize
The Winner of Deeper Perspective of the Year Award: $5,000 cash prize, sponsored by American Society of Media Photographers
The Winner of Moving Image Photographer of the Year Award: $2,500 cash prize
Title Winners are presented with a Lucie Statue at the Lucie Awards, November 2, 2014 at the Carnegie Hall

Submissions must be made by August 30, 2014. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the IPA website.

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