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MROF Documentary Grants. Documentary Photography. Deadline: March 31, 2016




Download the 2016 Photography Grant rules and guidelines

PROPOSALS OF HUMAN IMPORTANCE AND IMPACT: Follow in the footsteps of our 2015 Grant Laureate Pablo Ernesto Piovano of Argentina. Documentary photographers from around the world are invited to submit documentary photography projects along with an 15-image supporting portfolio on topics of human suffering and unrest, forgotten communities, exploited lands and people, on communities ravaged by war, poverty, famine, disease, and the exploitation of global resources.

A GLOBAL GRANT: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award one $5,000 USD grant to one documentary photography project based on the quality of the submitted 15-image portfolio, the strength of the submitted proposal, as well as any supporting materials including an updated CV. The “Top 12″ shortlisted portfolios will be featured and displayed during Les Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France) at our new 18th century facility and foundation home located on 19/21 Rue de la Liberté/14 Rue Barrême. The selected project must be completed the calendar year following receipt of the grant. Grants are open to professional and emerging photographers in all countries. Photographers are expected to be committed to the field of reportage and documentary photography.

ELIGIBLE WORK: All proposed projects and submitted portfolios must be works of non-fiction and must be based on such pressing social issues as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and similar topics. Proposals must be for new or continuing projects. Portfolios should be a representative sampling of your documentary work.

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Entries must be submitted for each photographer(s) responsible for the work submitted. Group entrants are permitted. One submission set of requested documents will be necessary for each member of a group or team. There will be only one grant issued regardless of the number of photographers involved in the submission.

HOW TO ENTER: All entrants must submit the required supporting materials including the 15 image portfolio, project and budget proposal, resume (CV), and head shot. Please be certain to read the entirety of our guidelines and rules for submission details as described here.

SUBMISSION DATES AND DEADLINES: Submissions begin November 1st of each consecutive year. Subscribe to our email list here to receive notifications.

JUDGING, SELECTION & NOTIFICATION: Judging will take place in three rounds by a panel of selected professionals representing all branches of the documentary photography industry. Round One judging will assess all entries based on submission worthiness. A pre-selection jury will select the “Top-24” and consequently the “Top-12” portfolios during round two. In this round the “Top-24” entrants will be asked to submit high-resolution versions of their submitted images and any new supporting information they may choose to submit. Round three judges will meet in Arles during an early morning selection session to select our new laureate from the “Top-12” list of finalists.


MROF Documentary Grants. Documentary Film. Deadline: March 21, 2016




Download the 2016 Film Grant rules and guidelines

FILMS ON HUMAN IMPORTANCE AND IMPACT: We are pleased and excited to expand our programs to include a new documentary grant category – “Short-Short Documentary Film.” Mirroring the mission of our foundation and themes covered in our still photography grants, we invite documentary film makers around the globe to share their human interest stories and submit their “Short-Short” documentary film projects highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.

A GLOBAL GRANT: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a US$5,000 grant to a single completed “Short-Short” documentary film project. Our grant is open to up-and-coming, independent film makers and directors in all countries. Participant must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary film making.

ELIGIBLE WORK: All entries must be individual, stand-alone non-fiction documentary films of 10 – 30 minutes in length and must have been completed no earlier than two years prior to the March 31 closing date of the submission call. Film submissions may be either an original subject feature or a historical subject feature. Submissions may be produced in actual occurrence, or employ partial reenactment (if needed), stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is strictly on fact and not fiction. The film must show real characters and not actors portraying the roles of real characters. Dialogue and narration can be produced in any language. All non-English dialogue and narration must be provided with English subtitles.

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Entries must be submitted by the individual(s) most involved in the key creative aspects of the film making process. There will only be one award prize regardless the number of individuals involved in the submission.

HOW TO ENTER: All entrants must complete a grant application, and submit all required supporting materials per rules and submission guidelines found here. Please be certain to read the entirety of our guidelines for submission details and expectations including how and when to submit a digital copy of your completed work being considered for the grant. During second round submissions, no work will be accepted as a link to third-party websites. All work including film must be submitted digitally or physically.

SUBMISSION DATES AND DEADLINES: Submissions begin November 1st of each consecutive year. Subscribe to our email list here to receive notifications.

JUDGING, SELECTION & NOTIFICATION: Judging will take place in two rounds. “Round One” judging will assess all entries submitted via URL links to personal or third-party video hosting sites such as Vimeo or YouTube for quality, content, real world impact on humanity. Of these only the most prolific film projects for the year, called our Top-10 list, will be moved on to “Round Two.” All “Round Two” entries will be required to submit a copy of the actual physical, digital copy of their completed project for judging, inclusion on our website, and for ultimate exhibition during Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France. A grant laureate will be selected from this list.


WMA Commission 2015/16. Deadline: January 15, 2016

The WMA Commission invites entries for proposals from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community. The Commission recipient will be invited to create new photo-based work in Hong Kong, focusing on the theme of IDENTITY. Project proposals must contextually relate to both the theme IDENTITY and to HONG KONG. A four-member Selection Panel will choose the WMA Commission recipient, who will be awarded a HKD$250,000 grant which will contribute towards production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work. The call for proposals is open to all local and international applicants. The WMA Commission is a part of the WYNG Masters Award programme.

By facilitating and supporting original, creative interpretations of IDENTITY the WMA Commission encourages a unique perspective on how Hong Kong is affected by an issue that has global implications, while increasing public awareness and knowledge. The HKD$250,000 award grant covers artist fee, creation (including such activities as research, travel and production; resources such as an assistant or translator and daily expenses) and a public event [1]. It does not include accommodation (for overseas artists) [2] and venue costs for public presentation which are covered by the organisers. Overseas participants should ensure that they are able to stay for at least one month for the project and also set aside time for the public presentation.

Grant Total: HKD$250,000

Approximate breakdown:
Artist fee – $50,000
Creation & Expenses – $100,000
Public presentation – $50,000
Others – $50,000

Submission Period
October 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016.
Project period – June 2016 – June 2017 (1 year period)


“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else” – Margaret Mead

Certain aspects of one’s individual identity such as race, gender, ancestry, genetic makeup and so on, come naturally at birth.  One could, however, consciously choose other aspects such as nicknames, profession, religion, hairstyles, ways of life, gender expression et cetera, to make oneself more unique.
Between choice and nature, there are aspects such as nationality, history, psyche and social roles, which influence our sense of identity. Identity could simply be personal disposition, or an unwilling imposition by the society at large.

If identification of self makes the person, collective identity allows for mutual recognition—security as well as solidarity.  Group attributes, though, could be real or virtual, lasting or ephemeral, like one’s profile on social media. Overemphasis of the collective, however, could result in alienation, prejudice, confrontation and even enmity.

In the age of globalization, a local majority could easily become a minority in the wider world.  As global citizens, we hope for and embrace the belief that elastic and flexible identities can bring diversity and progress, rather than confrontation.

If defining our collective identities in this city seems like an almost impossible pursuit, images could, perhaps, provide a platform to start.

“Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”  – Oscar Wilde

Objective of the Commission

The WMA Commission is committed to programs and activities that foster deeper understanding of issues facing Hong Kong. The grant brings focus to the issue of Identity through artistic means introducing new perspective and expanding public awareness and knowledge. It presents the opportunity to explore the particularities of this global issue as it specifically relates to Hong Kong.

Who Should Apply

This is a grant for experienced and professional photographers and visual artists. Potential applicants can reside and practice anywhere in the world. This grant is meant to enable further professional development and to support the creation of work that provides additional information and perspectives on the issue addressed. A successful applicant must have experience working independently and be resourceful in the development of his/her project.

How To Apply

Project applications should be submitted in the form of a PDF. Each applicant is required to put together materials listed below into a single PDF document (size under 20Mb). Included in the PDFis the following: 1) project proposal 2) budget and timetable 3) a brief expression of interest 4) basic personal information 5) professional biography or Curriculum Vitae (CV) 6) portfolio of past work 7) a written recommendation.
Submissions can be made in English or Chinese and submitted digitally by email to commission@wyngmastersaward.hk or any large files transfer services.

1. Project proposal serves to outline the applicant’s proposed project related to the theme of IDENTITY, detailing what it is and how it would be approached. The form in which the final work might be presented to the public can also be included if the applicant has already developed ideas. Images, drawings, video links supporting the project idea may be included in the PDF proposal.

2. Budget and timetable for the project.

3. A brief expression of interest (max 500 words/1 page) answering the following questions: 1) Why do you want to do this project with WYNG Masters Award? 2) What will you get out of it? 3) What would you bring to the project?

4. Personal information basic information should be provided by the applicant on the cover page of the PDF proposal. The following basic information is required: full name, mailing address and country of residence, email, skype and telephone contacts.

5. Professional biography or Curriculum Vitae

6. Portfolio a minimum 12 images / maximum 20 images of existing photographic project(s). Purpose of portfolio is to show that the applicant can sustain a long-term project, convincingly articulate an idea and to showcase applicants’ photographic style, aesthetics and formal strategies.

7. Written recommendation applicants are required to get one referee to support her/his submission with a written recommendation. Referees can be anyone with a standing in the professions of photography, art, visual arts or art media, this includes past or current WYNG Masters Award advisors and judges, except for those who are currently on the Selection Panel of the WMA Commission. The referee’s recommendation should include her/his full name, title, organisation and/or title, email and phone contact.

Selection Process

Phase 1: Submission period October 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

Phase 2: Selection Panel members review submissions independently and each chooses a shortlist of proposals to consider with the full panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an in-person or skype interview. Those applicants will be contacted by late February 2016 to schedule the interview which will be conducted in early March 2016.

Phase 3: Selection Panel meets in Hong Kong to discuss shortlisted proposals. Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by the panel either in-person or by skype one day to be confirmed during the first two weeks of March 2016, after which the grant recipient is chosen and announced in early April 2016 at the WYNG Masters Award exhibition in Hong Kong.

Selection Panel

1. Fung Ho Yin, Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2. Melissa Lee public art curator, consultant, and on the faculty at the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

3. Ying Kwok artist and curator and founder of the Collector Club

4. WYNG Foundation Trustee

[1]  Public event could take a number of forms including a press conference, seminar, press conference and or a workshop.

[2]  Accommodation costs covered is restricted to overseas artists only and is for a maximum period of 2 months subject to discussion with organisers.


Two scholarships for Photography Master Program in Madrid. Deadline: Jan. 8, 2016

European Master of Fine Art Photography Scholarships 2016

Do you want to get ahead in the field of art photography? Train with our benchmark program, the European Master of Fine Art Photography, which begins its sixth edition in April, 2016.

We offer practical and innovative training with a unique master program based on the development of a personal project, which will have individualized monitoring by our team of internationally renowned tutors and teachers, including Joan Fontcuberta, Andreas Müller-Pohle, Ricardo Cases, Martin Parr, Cristina de Middel, and Simon Roberts, to name just a few.

Take part in the competition and win a scholarship!


Two scholarships covering 70% of course fees, the equivalent of 6,000 euros.

Deadline for the submission of works: 8th of January, 2016 at 18:00 h, Madrid time (GMT+1).
The winners will be announced on the 14th of January, 2016 at 18:00 h, Madrid time (GMT +1).
The winners will be announced live at the Design Your Day event (Open Day of the IED Master Madrid) and will be published on www.iedmadrid.com.


  1. People of any origin or nationality can take part.
  2. The scholarships are awarded on a discretionary basis, based on the documentation received and the development potential of the candidate. The pre-selected applicants will be contacted for a brief interview in person, by telephone or skype.
  3. The European Master in Fine Art Photography is given in English. There are some activities, case studies and lectures which are given in Spanish with simultaneous translation. A medium-high level of English is required.
  4. Dynamics of the competition: the participants will have to fill out the competition entry form, attaching their curriculum vitae, portfolio and a motivation letter.
  5. PRIZE. Two scholarship covering 70% of the tuition fees, equivalent to 6,000 euros.The winners must pay the course registration fee (€4,000) + 30% of the tuition fees (€2,500).
  6. In no case are the scholarship amounts repayable in cash.
  7. To receive the scholarship it is ESSENTIAL to enrol and pay the registration fee within a period of 15 days starting from 14th of January, 2016 the date of the announcement of the winners.
  8. Rules. The winner must be aware of and observe the rules contained in the general regulations of the IED Madrid, and accept and sign the specific regulations for scholarship holders within a period of a week from the announcement of the awarding of the prize.
  9. The winner must study the whole of the Master in the IED Madrid, and will lose the scholarship if he/she transfers to another centre.
  10. 90% minimum attendance at classes.
  11. The scholarship holders must actively participate in all the special and multidisciplinary projects proposed by the school: presentation events, supervised competitions and workshops.
  12. The scholarship holders must actively participate in the documentation of the Master activities, maintenance of the blog, description of journeys, workshops, lectures, etc.
  13. The Master course will not take place if the minimum number of students is not reached. This will mean the loss of the scholarship.
  14. Refusal to do the course during the official announcement of 2016 will give rise to the loss of the scholarship.
  15. Failure to comply with any of the obligations described will mean the loss of the scholarship.
  16. The scholarship holders give their consent to their name appearing in the Newspoint bulletin and other promotional materials of the IED.
  17. The participation period ends on the 8th January, 2016 at 18:00 h, Madrid time.
  18. The judges’ decision will be announced on the 14th of January, 2016 at 18:00 h, Madrid time, during the Design Your Day event (Open Day) and through iedmadrid.com.
  19. In accordance with Organic Law 25/1999 of the 13th of December, regarding Personal Data Protection, we inform you of the inclusion of your personal and professional data in an automated file entitled STUDENTS and FORMER STUDENTS, managed by the Istituto Europeo di Design S.L., with the aim of offering you information on the administrative processing of your academic record, course and training applications, information, scholarships and grants, events, workshops and any other promotional purpose. You are likewise informed of your right to access, rectify, cancel and oppose the use of your data, by writing to the following address: Istituto Europeo di Design, calle Larra, 14 28004 Madrid o baja@madrid.ied.es.
  20. Participation in this competition entails the acceptance of these conditions **.

*The expenses of additional didactic activities are not included in the scholarship amount.

**These conditions are correct except for printing errors and can be found at www.iedmadrid.com.

ISE NY Grant. Deadline: September 30th., 2015


ISE Cultural Foundation NY has focused on supporting curators and artists who seek the opportunity for an innovative, contemporary art exhibition for more than 30 years by providing gallery space in New York City. This new ISE NY Grant Program is made to help curators and artists all over the world, who are planning to archive an ambitious exhibition wherever it will be.

Application Qualification

  • This is a grant for an exhibition, which is already scheduled.
  • There is NO limit to applicant’s race, nationality, age and the place they currently live in as well as the place where the exhibition occurs.
  • Either curator(s) or artist(s) who have a specific exhibition plan can apply.
  • Applicants must be the creators who can talk about the artistic concept of the exhibition and its’ artwork. Organizations such as museums, galleries and schools cannot apply for this grant.

Grant Amount

Maximum 5,000 US dollars per Exhibition

*The amount will be determined by each exhibition’s scale and content among other factors.

*If the grantee is outside of the US, the grant amount sent will be determined by the currency exchange rate when the grant is issued.

Applicable Exhibition Period

January 1st, 2016 ~ June 30th, 2016

*Only exhibitions during this period will be considered.

*If the exhibition’s starting time is within the date above, the closing date can be later than June 30th, 2016.


  • Application deadline: September 30th, 2015
  • Notification of the results: Each applicant will be notified the results by the end of October 2015 via email.
  • Grant issuing: After the exhibition ends. Within 2 weeks of the final day of the exhibition, the grantee has to send all the necessary reports to ISE Cultural Foundation NY. Within 10 days after receiving the report, the total amount of the grant will be issued.

Note to Grantees

  • ISE Cultural Foundation NY asks each grantee to submit images of the exhibition within 1 week after the starting date of the exhibition.
  • On ISE NY’s website, ISE Cultural Foundation NY will disclose the grantee’s name, name of the exhibiting artists, exhibition title and venue as well as the images submitted, it will also include any relevant promotional material.
  • Grantee must clearly indicate that the exhibition is supported by ISE Cultural Foundation NY on their promotional tools such as printing materials and website.
  • In case any changes happen to the exhibition’s content, date and venue after grantee is determined, the grantee has to notify changes to ISE Cultural Foundation NY ASAP. If the content of the exhibition is significantly different from the original plan, it may cause a revision of the grant amount or cancellation of the grant itself.

How to Apply
Please submit the followings by either email or regular mail. Applicant can only choose one method of submission and cannot combine email and regular mail.

For more information about application form, grant proposal, submission and other application requirements, please check here.


Please contact:

ISE Cultural Foundation NY,
315 West 33rd Street, Suite 9D,
New York, NY 10001 USA
Phone: 212-925-1649
Email: ise@iseny.org


Photography grant to promote social change and photojournalism. Deadline: July 15, 2015

In 1996 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a grant  to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick. 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. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.

To apply or nominate someone fill out the Online Form.

Deadline: July 15, 2015.

New Asian Photography Grant 2015 Deadline: 31 July, 2015


Emaho Foundation has been set up to identify and highlight the works of outstanding photographers from Asia.The foundation is relentlessly formulating programmes and platforms for new and established Asian photographers to create a conducive environment for their photographic projects. Emaho Emerging Photography Grant is one of the pioneering efforts from Asia to provide financial support and international platform to an emerging photographer from within Asian boundaries.


Emaho Foundation is happy to announce its first grant towards honouring an emerging photographer from Asia. Along with a grant of US$ 5000, this programme will also provide the recipient photographer an international platform to showcase her/his ongoing photography project in Asia.

The grant will be awarded to a photographer selected by a reputed panel of international jury on the basis of her/his photographic brilliance, a distinct viewpoint, sincere engagement with the subject matter and a strong desire to establish the body of works internationally.

Deadline for submission is July 31, 2015 at 12 p.m. (Indian Standard Time)

The recipient’s name will be announced on or about September 1, 2015.


The maiden Emaho Emerging Asian Photography Grant 2015 jury comprises of five world-renowned photography experts:

Christian Caujolle: Founder of Agence VU, (France)

Kira Pollack: Director of Photography at Time Magazine, (USA)

Manik Katyal: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Emaho Magazine, (India)

Naoko Ohta: President and CEO of Klee, Inc. (Japan)

Newsha Tavakolian: Award Winning Documentary Photographer, (Iran)


To find out more visit: http://www.emahofoundation.in/


Open call, Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation. Deadline: June 13, 2015

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The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation calls for applications for a 15,000 € grant for a documentary production.
Created in 1990, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation supports young professionals working in culture and media. Each year, awards a photographer under 35 wishing to make an original and innovative documentary project.

To participate, follow the link: www.fondation-jeanluclagardere.com (just French)

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Créées en 1990, les bourses de la Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère soutiennent les jeunes professionnels de la culture et des médias. Chaque année, une dotation de 15.000 euros est décernée à un photographe de moins de 35 ans souhaitant réaliser un projet original et innovant à caractère documentaire. Le jury est composé de professionnels du monde de la photographie et des médias. Par son ambition et sa valeur conséquente, la bourse « Photographe » de la Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère est un bel exemple d’encouragement et de reconnaissance du métier de photographe.

Pour participer, suivez le lien: www.fondation-jeanluclagardere.com

LA BOURSE PHOTOGRAPHE DE LA FONDATION JEAN-LUC LAGARDÈRE EN DÉTAIL Vous êtes un jeune photographe de 35 ans au plus, vous avez déjà réalisé au moins deux travaux photographiques documentaires publiés dans des titres de la presse écrite (papier et/ou web) et/ou dans un livre et/ou dans un catalogue d’exposition, vous exercez la photographie comme activité principale, vous souhaitez effectuer, en France ou à l’étranger, une production photographique à caractère documentaire dans le domaine social, économique, politique ou culturel…

Crusade Engagement Grant. Deadline: April 17, 2015

The Crusade Engagement Grant awards $10,000 to applicant with the most innovative idea to build audiences for fine art photography.

Appliacation now open. Deadline: April 17, 2015. Apply here: https://crusadeforart.submittable.com/Submit

Crusade for Art is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to engage new audiences with art. Our work is about developing and supporting innovative initiatives that create demand for art and opportunities to collect it.

Crusade for Art educates, inspires and supports artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage in meaningful ways.

By inspiring, mentoring, teaching, and funding, Crusade for Art empowers artists to focus on creating demand for art and thereby encourages systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons and collectors.

Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant. Deadline: Feb. 24, 2015

This is an international photography contest that aims to finance selected photographers and bring recognition to emerging talents.

Jury:  Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Roberto Hurcaya, Arianna Rinaldo.

Schedule: Submissions open on December 2nd, 2014 and will close at midnight on Februrary 24th, 2015 GMT.
Prices: 1st ($2,000), 2nd ($1,000), 3th ($500), plus New Generation Price ($500), Honorable Mention (Official Certificate of Honor)
To submit your serie, please visit: http://www.phmuseum.com/grant#info