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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.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Announces Call for Entries

Open calls | 31 May 2014

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Announces Call for Entries

For 35th Annual Grant in Humanistic Photography

$30,000 Grant and $5,000 Fellowship Provided to Photographers Whose Proposed Projects Follow W. Eugene Smith’s Humanistic Approach to Storytelling

The 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is now open for entries.  Photographers interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting SmithFund.org.  The Smith Fund also announced that the annual Howard Chapnick Grant for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management, is open for entries.  Entries for both grants must be submitted by May 31, 2014.

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.  Now in its 35th year, the Grant was established in 1978 in honor of the legendary American photo essayist.

The recipient of the 2014 Smith Award will receive a $30,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project.  In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to one or more photographers whom the judges feel represent exemplary efforts in humanistic photography.

Each year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury who meet twice during the adjudication process and finalists are selected primarily on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. Finalists will then be asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal, and to answer questions about their project. Grant and Fellowship recipients will be selected based on the detailed proposals.

18th Annual Howard Chapnick Grant

The Howard Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who headed Black Star photo agency, 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, and is not to be used for the creation of photographs.

Photographers interested in learning more or applying for both grants should visit SmithFund.org