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Grants & Competitions

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Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant

The Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant is an international photography contest that aims to finance selected photographers and bring recognition to emerging talents.

Submissions must be made by February 24, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Photographic Museum of Humanity website.

Foam Talent Call 2015

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 20, 2015. 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, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Forward Thinking Museum website.

Light Work Grants

Light Work is pleased to announce the 2015 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, New York. 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, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Light Work website.

HCB Award

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 have 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 of 35 000 Euros and is awarded every other year.

Applications are accepted between March 2–April 30, 2015. For guidelines, visit the HCB Foundation 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, 2015. For guidelines, visit the CDS 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 in 2015 will provide five total grants of $10,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.

Applications are accepted April 1–May 13, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

Getty Images Emerging Talent Award

To complement our 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.

Applications are accepted April 1–May 13, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images 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.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.

Apply by May 31, 2015. For submission guidelines, visit the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund website.

The Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize

At Getty Images, we are keenly aware of the skill level and attention to detail which portraiture photography requires. To celebrate excellence in portraiture by emerging talent, we have launched the Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize. A distinguished panel of judges will determine the winner of the prize, which will be a grant of $10,000 USD, awarded to one photographer, with less than five years’ experience in the field, based on their existing portraiture work.

Applications are accepted June 24–August 5, 2015. For guidelines, visit the Getty Images website.

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