Aaron Siskind Fellowships for US-based Photographers. Deadline: May 24, 2013

2013 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Grant Information and Application Guidelines

Application Period: March 1 – May 24, 2013
Application Deadline: May 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

General Information and Eligibility Requirements

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 entry fee for this grant is $10USD.

Applications must be submitted through the CaFE application system at www.CallForEntry.org.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents of the United States, who reside in the U.S., and who are at least 21 years of age. Recipients must provide legal proof of eligibility and a verifiable social security number.

Who May Not Apply: Students enrolled in a college degree program. Students who graduate before the 2013 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards. At this time, artists on temporary visas such as the O-1 visa are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Work: Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the works submitted. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work.

Examples of Non-Eligible Work: Film, video, interactive multimedia

Fellowship recipients will be notified by September 2013. Names of recipients and panelists will be announced shortly thereafter. The decisions of the Aaron Siskind Foundation and its designated judging panel as to who receives fellowship support will be final, private, and without appeal. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist’s creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. Award funds will be taxable to recipients in Tax Year 2013.

Application Information & Guidelines

Applicants must apply through the CaFE online application system at www.CallForEntry.org. Applications will not be accepted by any other delivery method. Internet access and a working email address are required in order to apply. The $10 entry fee must be paid via credit or debit card.

Once you have registered at CaFE, you can work on an application in multiple sessions, saving as you go, until it is completed and ready to submit. You can apply at any time up until the deadline; however, applications must be successfully received by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on May 24, 2013. Applications that are incomplete, or not received by the deadline, will be excluded from consideration. We recommended applying well in advance in order to avoid technical problems.

CaFE is a project of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts.

A completed application consists of the following information & files:

Applicant Profile: Name and contact information

Work Samples: A portfolio of ten (10) digital images showing representative, recent work. If your work is best communicated visually by showing its physical or installed nature, or aspects of detail, use one or more of the ten images for that purpose.

Exactly ten (10) images must be submitted. They will be projected for the panelists via high-definition digital projectors and viewed at roughly 30 x 40 inches per image. Images must be standard baseline JPEG files with the .jpg extension. The recommended color profile is sRGB. Maximum file size is 1.8 MB. Image size can be no larger than 1920 x 1920 pixels (smaller images will be shown against a 1920 x 1920 black background). Images should be 72 PPI; any higher will unnecessarily increase your file size.

Text descriptors for each image: Title, Year Completed, Medium, Dimensions

Note: There are also fields for image “Value” and “Description” in the application. We don’t include this information in our review process. “Description” can be left blank. $0.00 can be entered for image “Value”. Whatever you enter in these fields — it will not be seen by jurors.

Work Statement: (500 words maximum) The purpose of the Statement is to give the panel a better understanding of your work while they are viewing it. It should be very clear and concise, and relate to the specific works you are submitting.

Career summary, artist resume/CV, or short bio (500 words maximum)


Additional Help and Information

CallForEntry.org provides detailed instructions and tutorials on How to Apply, Image Prep, and a Help/FAQ that will answer most questions. CaFE Tech Support staff is available via email to respond to technical questions or problems. For grant-related questions, please email grant@aaronsiskind.org.

Previous winners can be found here: http://www.aaronsiskind.org/recipient.html

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