Tag Archives: Documentary

Doc photography and photobook grants (only for Indian artists). Deadline: March 31, 2017

Here are two grants from Alkazi Foundation. Both are only open to Indian nationals/residents, and the focus of their suggested project should be from India. Plus, the photographers have to be above the age of 25 years.

A bit restricting, but if you fall into that group, go for it!

http://acparchives.com/photobook-grant-2017/

http://acparchives.com/documentary-photography-grant-2017/

 

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J. Riis Award for Editorial & Doc. Photography. Deadline: Jan. 10, 2017

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WIN A ROUND TRIP TO THE 5th BIENNIAL OF FINE ART & DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE HELD IN PRAGUE ON OCTOBER 2018, PLUS $1000 FOR LODGING EXPENSES AND FREE EXHIBITION OF THE AWARDED SERIES

The Gala Awards organizes the 5th edition of THE JACOB RIIS AWARD (named after the Danish-American photographer, 1849-1914), inviting photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Challenging personal, emotional or political statements will be welcome. The Award is open worldwide to all professional and amateur photographers working with digital or traditional photography.
No digital manipulation will be accepted if it alters the visual chronicle.

Any type of photography is accepted, either Black & White or Color.

In this edition, only series composed of 3 to 10 images will be accepted. The series has to be a coherent body of work, and each image composing the series must have its own intrinsic value.

The theme of the Award is Editorial and Documentary.

By Editorial and Documentary we understand the form of photography used to chronicle everyday life images, to illustrate an article or to inform and educate. It can be simply said that editorial and documentary is the photography that supports the printed word, although it can be used as standalone, while we distinguish it from corporate, advertising, or fine art photography.

This awards qualify to be selected to participate in the 5th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography which will be held as Prague Foto Biennale to be held in Prague in September-October, 2018.

Eligibility: Open to all photographers 18 years old or older, professional and amateur, from any country of the world.

Submission Deadline:
Final Deadline: January 10, 2017

Juror:
Andrea Star Reese.
Andrea Star Reese is a VISURA photojournalist/documentary photographer based in New York, Seattle, and Jakarta, which recently won the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, best portfolio in Human Rights in the Berlin Foto Biennale, and the Deeper Perspective Award of IPA.
Her potftolio Urban Cave was a Visa D’Or at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, 2010. Andrea also received the 2014 David Pike Award for Excellence in Journalism and Best Social Documentary at the 2009 New York Festival (2009). Among other media, Andrea has published in CNN, The Guardian, Time, Huffington Post, Le Monde, and Paris Match.

Awards:

One Photographer will be Recipient of the Jacob Riis Award Award, and will be invited to exhibit and attend the 5th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography to be held in Prague* in September-October, 2018. The Gala Awards will pay her round trip couch ticket to Prague*, and $1,000 for lodging expenses. Awardee’s exhibition expenses will be borne by The Gala Awards.

*: The organizer of the Award reserves the right to change the city of the Biennial in case of extraordinary circumstances. If Prague is changed by another city, the city of the venue will be always within Europe.

Two Runner Ups Photographers will receive a prize of $300, and will be automatically selected to exhibit at the 5th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography.

Artist Notification:

March 2, 2017 (results will be emailed to all participants by email.)

There is no limitation regarding the total of Series to be submitted.

5th Edition of the Jacob Riis Editorial and Documentary Award
juried by Andrea Star Reese
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Photographic Social Vision Scholarship. Deadline: June 10, 2016

New scholarship to promote documentary  photography and investigation related to journalism and social issues, rewarded with 8.000 euros and and exhibition. Only for residents in Spain 🙂

Beca de ámbito nacional para fotógrafos y periodistas que nace en 2016 en conmemoración del 15º aniversario de la Fundación y fruto de la urgente necesidad de apoyar el fotoperiodismo de investigación: un ejercicio necesario en el desarrollo de sociedades democráticas sanas. Photographic Social Vision abre una convocatoria para que profesionales del sector, fotógrafos, expertos en investigación y alumnos de periodismo con experiencia propongan temas a investigar. Un jurado experto evaluará las propuestas recibidas y otorgará 8.000 euros al profesional o colectivo escogido para llevar a cabo su investigación durante los 9 meses siguientes. El proyecto ganador de la beca debe ser inédito y de interés social, y se valora de los participantes su experiencia previa y calidad, rigor, así como su capacidad de ejecutarlo. El resultado de la investigación verá la luz en formato expositivo en la programación del festival DOCfield el año siguiente.

El trabajo a realizar deberá contar con las siguientes características formales: – Un texto (castellano o catalán) de 15.000 caracteres con espacios (mínimo). – Una serie fotográfica 30 imágenes (mínimo).

LINK: http://www.photographicsocialvision.org/profesionales/beca-investigacion/

HOW TO APPLY: http://www.photographicsocialvision.org/webwp/wp-content/uploads/CAST_BASES_BECA-PHOTOGRAPHIC-SOCIAL-VISION.pdf

The Lucie Scholarship Program. Deadline: November 30, 2015

The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers – one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of Fine Art or Documentary/Photojournalism.

$2,500 Emerging Artist Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all genres of photographic work and will be given to an individual to create or continue work on a specific dynamic project.

Application Fee: $20.00

Photo Taken $1,000 Emerging Scholarship

This scholarship will be given to an individual to create or continue a project focused on telling an existing story through a documentary or photojournalism approach.

Application Fee: $10.00

Photo Made $1,000 Emerging Scholarship

This scholarship will be given to an individual to create or continue a project focused on creating a story through a conceptual Fine Art approach.

Application Fee: $10.00

Emerging Scholarship Details:

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2015

Shortlist Announcement: December 10, 2015

Recipient Announced: December 15, 2015

Who Can Apply:

The LF Emerging Scholarship is open to emerging photographers worldwide.

What is Required to Apply:

Please read the following information carefully to make sure your application material is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered:

1. Project Proposal. This proposal should include the following:

-Project Start and End Dates

-250 Word Description of your project

-Your Plan for completing the project (i.e. how you intend to approach the project and how you intend to use the scholarship money)

-Five Goals that you plan to accomplish while working on the project (e.g. producing 20 new images, making 5 prints, etc.).

2. A one-page biography and/or CV

3. Twenty digital images. 

http://www.luciefoundation.org/programs/scholarship/

Two stipends for studying in Spain. Deadline June 2 and June 14, 2015

Two opportunities to come to Spain and study professional photography or photobook design.

One is by El Observatorio in Barcelona, offering a stipend for their photobook and their documentary courses. Deadline: June 14. Recommended if you speak Spanish. Go take a look.

The other one is by IED Madrid, for the Master of Professional Photography, which consists of three modules:

Deadline: June 2. Taught in English. Go to Stipend application.

 

 

Call for applications – NOOR at fotografia europea festival. Deadline: April 28, 2015

As part of the festival Fotografia Europea 2015 in Reggio Emilia, Italy, NOOR offers aspiring photographers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working directly with our visual storytellers.

 Deadline to apply: Tuesday April 28, 2015 (by midnight C.E.T.)

Calendar of activities and events in which participants will personally come into contact with some of the leading figures in contemporary photography:

Three-Day Practical Workshop: From Thursday 14 May until Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host a three-day practical workshop under the guidance ofStanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Sebastian Listeand Andrea Bruce.

One-Day Theoretical Workshop: On Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host a one-day theoretical workshop ‘Rethinking the Photo Project’ under the guidance of Asim Rafiqui.

NOOR Lunch Talks: On Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host ‘NOOR Lunch Talks’ at Ristorante Enoteca Il Pozzo with Nina Berman,Francesco Zizola, Pep Bonet,Alixandra Fazzina & Benedicte Kurzen.

Details and how to apply here.

Repost: Sochi Project and Crowdfunding – Interview

Photographer Tina Remiz recently interviewed her peers Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen – the duo behind The Sochi Project – for IdeasTap. This is a repost of the article, which gives great insight into their work (just in time for the Olympic Games) and into themes such as Crowdfunding, Collaborative work and documentary photography. Enjoy!

Zarevitch Capitanovsky

 

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on the Sochi Project

Since 2007, photographer Rob Hornstra and writer-filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen have colllaborated to document Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held. They talk to Tina Remiz about crowdfunding and working across different platforms…

How did The Sochi Project change over the years you worked on it?

Arnold van Bruggen: We originally intended it as an online project with a large publication at the end. When we launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the work, we promised our donors an annual gift and, because we’re real book lovers, we decided to make a publication at the end of each year.

Rob Hornstra: The first annual publication – Sanatorium – was just a booklet, but in 2010 we produced a really comprehensive document about [the territory of] Abkhazia, which was received and reviewed by many as a book on its own. This made people take The Sochi Project more seriously.

Why did you decided to divide the project into smaller stories?

Rob: Early on in the project we realised that it could be divided into three regions, so each one became a separate chapter of the story. This model fits our way of working. We do slow investigative journalism, spending a long time on each story, which allows us to make separate publications for each chapter.

 

The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

 

Why did you decide to crowdfund? 

Arnold: We didn’t want to depend on arts grants or compromise the narrative to sell articles editorially, so crowdfunding seemed like a logical choice. We had a story with a clear deadline that involved the Olympic Games, a centuries-old conflict and the incredibly photogenic region of Abkhazia, so we were sure to have thousands of donors in the first year.

Rob: We believed there was a dedicated crowd, that understands this kind of story can’t be funded by the traditional media and is ready to pay for it directly. Probably we were a bit naïve.

Why did you decide to set up your own crowdfunding system instead of using platforms like Kickstarter and what did you learn from the experience?

Arnold: Back in 2009, crowdfunding wasn’t that popular; Kickstarter was just starting out and run by an invitation-only policy. Even now, the most successful crowdfunding campaigns are for short-term projects with clear goals, like “fund my book” or “pay for my trip”. We had a five-year-long project and would have to ask for around €300,000 at once, with no or little material to show.

Rob: One of the inspirations for our crowdfunding model was the Obama campaign, which was largely funded by very small – around $5 – donations. We set up a three-level donation model for €10, €100 and €1,000 and called them bronze, silver and gold respectively because of the Olympic Games reference. Our goal was to convince 1,000-2,000 people to donate €10 per year in exchange for some behind-the-scene stories – but that was a mistake. The crowdfunding system required a lot of administration, and we never had more than 300 bronze donors at a given time.

The biggest challenge was bridging the gab between people saying that they’d donate and actually doing it. This wasn’t because they didn’t want to fund the work, but because the step of giving €10 was too insignificant for them. On the other hand, silver and gold donors were very loyal to the project and infused it with substantial amounts of money.

 

The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

 

What would you recommend to someone considering crowdfunding?

Rob: Keep it simple, set a clear goal and make your campaign a bit sexy to increase the audience.

Arnold: Know what you’re getting yourself into and be prepared to spend 50% of your time working on the project and 50% administrating the crowdfunding campaign.

Rob: On the bright side, by the time you finish the project, you have a dedicated audience enjoying and willing to promote your work.

The Sochi Project now exists in the form of a book, exhibition and website – what are the differences between each?

Rob: The storyline’s the same, but you get a different experience on each platform. We achieve this by separating the responsibilities: Arnold is in charge of the website, while I manage the exhibition and we bring the Kummer & Herrman design team on board when working on the books.

Arnold: We went through several versions of the website and settled on one that presents a tight edit and strictly linear narrative and allows us to control how you experience the story.

What advice would you give photographers and journalists planning to work on a long-term project?

Arnold: Be ambitious and look for opportunities to collaborate. Make complex stories and care not only about the content, but also its presentation

Rob: Focus on quality. There are too many people trying to do everything at the same time. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve either, just set out to make the best project ever.

 

The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery

 

 

Images: © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery. From: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013).

Original article