It just so happens that this time of year there are an awful lot of grants that are open for submission. I am currently busy trying to get all the materials together for the submissions. I thought I would spend this blog post going over some of them that are available.
FotoVisura is a photo community that is an offshoot of Visura magazine. Every year they have an emerging photographer grant that is open to young photographers. There are two sections that you can submit to. One is for photography “professionals,” the other is for students. The prizes are $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, as well as portfolio exhibitions on FotoVisura. The jury is usually pretty good, and the grant has a lot of visibility. There is a $30 entry fee, but that also buys you portfolio space in the FotoVisura community, and it is always good to have another avenue for curators to find your work. However, the deadline is January 10th, but it usually gets extended.
Find info and enter here
The Center (formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography) has several different grants available each year. The Center is also the group that runs Review Santa Fe. The grants available are the Project Development ($5000), Project Launch ($5000), and Curators Choice (complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe). The Development grant is meant for work that is in progress and is meant to help finish it. The Launch grant is for work that has already been completed. Both grant awards also include: Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts during Review Santa Fe, Exhibition at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe 2014, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops tuition voucher (some restrictions apply), A Photographer’s Showcase from Photo-Eye, Special Invitation to participate in the Art Photo Index (API), a full online portfolio review on Eyeist (some restrictions apply), Lenscratch publication, and online exhibition at VisitCenter.org
The deadline is January 22. You can enter, and find more info here.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award:
This one has been around since 1979. It honors the inventor of the Leica. The prize is aimed at professionals, but it is worth applying. It is also a good way to get your work in front of curators from Europe, as all of the jury are from institutions in Europe. The prize is the biggest of the grants I have listed at 10,000 Euros as well as a brand new Leica M, also valued at 10,000 Euros.
Deadline is January 31. You can enter, and find more info here.
Photographic Museum of Humanity:
The Photographic Museum of Humanity is an online museum that is offering a grant for emerging photographers. For this one, there are three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for $2000, $1000, and $500 respectively. The jury is a nice one that includes Alec Soth and Olivier Laurent of the British Journal of Photography. It’s a pretty easy application, and if you have gathered the materials for the other grants, this would be a cinch.
Deadline isn’t until February 26. You can enter, and find more info here.