Memorial Fund awards a $30,000 grant and $5,000 fellowships to photographers with projects produced in the spirit of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic approach to storytelling
New York, NY – March 27, 2015 – The W. Eugene Smith Fund announced today it will begin accepting applications for its annual Grant in Humanistic Photography on April 15, 2015. Photographers interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting SmithFund.org. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015.
In addition, The Smith Fund also announced that applications for the 2015 Howard Chapnick Grant will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2015. The Howard Chapnick Grant is presented for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management.
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition and humanistic approach to storytelling of W. Eugene Smith who dedicated his 45-year career as a photographer to documenting the human condition with compassion and portraying his subjects dignity. Now in its 36th year, this Grant honors the legendary American photo essayist and his picture making practice.
The recipient of the 2015 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 photographers whose work represents exemplary efforts in humanistic photography.
“Each year we are both humbled and inspired by the quality of work that is submitted to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund,” said Marcel Saba, president of the Smith Fund Board of Trustees. “We are honored to have supported so many remarkable photographers and incredible projects which have presented the human condition and spirit from around the world. In having the privilege of awarding these grants, the Smith Fund acknowledges the financial support of many organizations. Our goal as an organization has remained constant since 1978: to provide photographers with the necessary funding so they may tell their stories through photographs, in the spirit of Gene Smith.”
Each year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury who meet twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. Finalists are then 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. The Grant and Fellowship recipients are selected basis of these submissions.
The Howard Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led Black Star photo agency, and acknowledges the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance 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. This grant is not to be used for the creation of photographs.
Photographers interested in learning more or applying for either grant should visit SmithFund.org.
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