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Scholarships for Black Photographers

Deadline: Dec, 11. 2020

FotoFest Meeting Place
Portfolio Review

FotoFest invites Black photographers to apply for one of five scholarships to the International Meeting Place 2021 Virtual Portfolio Review, taking place between March 8 – 21, 2021. Scholarship recipients will receive 16 one-on-one portfolio review appointments with international photography industry leaders, including curators, book publishers, gallerists, photo editors, and collectors. Each 25-minute review will be conducted online via Zoom. Participating photographers will submit their portfolios through the online platform Submittable.

Other Zoom-based community and networking events will be held during the portfolio review dates. A Zoom-based seminar outlining best practices for organizing your digital portfolio and participating in online reviews will be held in late January, free of charge to all Meeting Place 2021 Virtual Portfolio Review participants.

Applicants can submit work until Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time. Scholarship recipients will be notified in January 2021.


Nicole Acheampong, Assistant Editor, Aperture Magazine

Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Contemporary Photographic Artist

Dr. Alvia J. Wardlaw, Director and Curator, University Museum at Texas Southern University

Danielle Burns Wilson, Curator and Manager, African American Library at the Gregory School

April M. Frazier, Advancement Director, FotoFest Literacy Through Photography Learning Program, photographic artist and past Meeting Place participant

Sarah Ansell, Manager, FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review


This call is open to all Black photographic artists who can present at least one complete body of work (20-30 images) that is ready for exhibition or publication. Applicants can be artists, photojournalists, documentary photographers, and/or visual storytellers. English is the primary shared-language of the portfolio reviews. Please be aware that FotoFest is unable to provide translator services, but third-party translators can be accommodated.


The FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review is the world’s largest, and is the longest-running and most international portfolio review program in the United States. It is a conduit for photographers to meet with and present their work to many national and international art leaders in one place and in a short amount of time. It has served as a crucial jumping off point for thousands of photographers during its 34-year existence, and is designed to benefit the participating photographers long after their reviews conclude. FotoFest has organized portfolio reviews as part of its FotoFest Biennial since 1986, and this virtual review is the first of its kind for FotoFest, conceived of in response to COVID-19.

The John Herrin Memorial Scholarship Fund is made possible by David and Martha Moore.

Please email Sarah Ansell, Manager, FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review, with any questions.


Image Above: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Four Twins, 1985. Courtesy of Autograph ABP, London.