The PHmuseum Grant is an annual international initiative organized to support photographers, promote their projects and further their careers. Applicants are invited to submit visual projects centred around a specific theme, narrative or concept.
Within the previous editions it awarded the work of photographers like Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas van Houtryve and Rasmus Degnbol among many others, and it has grown into a leading photography award. Here is how you can present your work:
Create an account, confirm your email address and go to phmuseum.com/grant. We have simplified the submission process, you can now apply without having to create a Photographer profile first.
Present a project of maximum 20 photos. At least 4 of them must be shot after January 1st, 2015. Photos recommended size is 1000px on the short side, weighing less than 5MB.
Review and submit your story, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. Our judges will review the submissions, with winners to be announced in April 2017.
I am interested first and foremost in projects that explore new ways of storytelling. I will be looking for challenging works that will pair up powerful stories told with intense imagery. I will analyze the applications taking into account three main aspects: the creative process carried out by the photographer, the visuality of the imagery and the power of the story. ”
Our international jury will award £12.000 in cash prizes, a solo exhibition at Cortona On The Move and other great opportunities.
Exhibition at Cortona On The Move / Cortona On The Move is one of the leading photo festivals in Europe. Arianna Rinaldo, the Artistic Director, will select a project among all the submissions, which will be granted a solo show at the festival's 2017 edition in July. The prize will include the show production, travel expenses, accommodation and promotion through Cortona OTM channels.
Honorable Mentions / Up to 6 mentions in the Main Prize category and 3 mentions in the New Generation Prize category
These are the panels of international judges that will review the applications and assign the prizes. Learn more about them:
Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. She is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. Emma has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. She co-curates a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. She recently won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.
Director of Photography National Geographic Magazine and Partners.
Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Partners. Prior to joining the National Geographic staff in 2004 she worked as a freelance photographer for nearly twenty years publishing 16 stories and five covers of Nat Geo magazine.
Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued with graduate studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photography of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1988 when she began her freelance photography career.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography and editing in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photos competition. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011. Her team of photo editors won the Angus MacDougall Award for Excellence in Editing in 2015.
She has juried numerous contests including Pictures of the Year International, The W. Eugene Smith Grants and the Getty Images Editorial Grants and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass.
In 2010 Leen curated National Geographic’s Water is Life exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Beyond the Photograph exhibit at the National Geographic Society headquarters in 2011 and The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years in 2013 at the Annenberg Space.
Alejandro Chaskielberg (Buenos Aires, 1977) is an independent photographer, videographer and teacher. He has established a worldwide reputation for his innovative vision and sensibility that crosses the boundaries between document and art. Chaskielberg graduated from the National Institute of Cinematography of Argentina as Director of photography. He performed advanced studies in classical music at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory (violin) and animation at the National Art Film Institute of Avellaneda
He received the BURN Emerging Photographer Grant by the Magnum Foundation in 2009 and was titled World Photographer of the Year 2011 by the World Photography Organization. The Boston University awarded him with the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary color photography. He was also granted by National Geographic Society with the All Roads Photography Program and won the Fifth RM Iberoamerican Photobook Competition.
Alejandro has lived for three years in the islands of the Parana River Delta to work on his first monograph La Creciente. His second monograph Otsuchi Future Memories, documents the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in a small fishing town in Northern Japan. He has also developed projects in Bolivia, Surinam, Netherlands, Cuba and Kenya.
His work was presented at the Brighton Biennial curated by Martin Parr in 2009 and at the Daegu Photo Biennial in South Korea 2014 and the Ballarat International Photography Biennial in Australia 2015 and has also exhibited in many photographic festivals worldwide. He has been one of the Masters of the First Latin American Masterclass organized by the World Press Photo and Master at the ISSP - International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.
Director of Tokyo Institute of Photography
Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the director of Tokyo Institute of Photography, and the organizer of Tokyo International Photography Festival. He’s the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”(2012-2014). From 2008-2012, he worked as the one of the directors at RING CUBE gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include, Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “Otsuchi Future Memories” (2016), Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010). He is also known as lecturer. He teaches RISING SUN Master class with Marc Prust (artistic director, Photo Reporter) at Tokyo Institute of Photography, and gives lectures at universities and photography schools such as Tokyo Polytechnic University, Nihon University College of Art, and Nippon Photography Institute on invitational basis.
Visual Journalist & Senior Photo Editor at PHmuseum
Argentine visual journalist Alejandro Kirchuk was born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, where he is based. His work is mainly focused on personal documentary long-term projects in Latin America. With his work "La noche que me quieras", about Alzheimer's disease, in 2012 he received a 1st prize in 'Daily life stories' category, in the World Press Photo contest. In his time within photography, his work has been also recognized by different organizations such as POYi, NPPA, Magnum Expression Award, Ian Parry Scholarship, Terry O'Neill Award, PhotoEspaña, Lumix FotoFestival, among others. Between 2011 and 2012 he was a fellow of the National Funds for Arts in Argentina (FNA). His photographs are regularly published in different media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Stern Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated China, among others. He works as a photo editor at phmuseum.com since 2012.
Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News
Kate Bubacz is the senior photo editor for BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at ABC News and The New York Post. She started photographing as a kid on vacation and when she’s not looking at pictures, she likes to travel, read and cook.
Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International
Fiona Rogers is the Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International, working to implement new business innovations and strategic partnerships. Prior to this she was the Cultural & Education Manager, conceiving and delivering international exhibitions and events and creating Magnum’s global Education department in 2006. Fiona has extensive experience as a project manager, producing global exhibitions, cultural projects, and photographic assignments for a variety of clients.
Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, Format Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions including the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.
Photographer | Director of Just Another Photo Festival
Poulomi Basu is a storyteller, artist and activist. She was raised by her mother in Calcutta, India and found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history. Poulomi’s work has become known for documenting the role of women in isolated communities and conflict zones and more generally for advocating for the rights of women. Poulomi was featured alongside Hilary Clinton as one of the one of the 'Amazing women from around the world giving their best advice' by Refinery29.
In December 2015, she shared a platform with the parents of the Nirbhaya Delhi rape victim talking about her social activist initiative, The Rape in India Project. She is the director of Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerrilla visual media festival that democratizes photography by taking it to the grass roots and forging new audiences. She was a part of VII Photo Agency mentor program.
She was invited in January 2016 to speak at The National Geographic Headquarters D.C. for their annual seminar , United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave. She has lectured in ICP NY, London College of Communication, TISCH NYU etc.
Poulomi has won several grants like Magnum Emergency Fund 2016 and was recognized as the Finalist for the prestigious W.Eugene Smith Award 2016; Magnum Foundation What Works, 2016. She was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights scholar in 2012 and a Foam Paul Huff Nominee 2015, and recognised in many other awards like Foto Visura Award, Firecracker Grant, Best of Magenta etc.
Her works have been exhibited widely like The Bronx Documentary Centre NY, House Of Commons and Palace of Westminster, London, St. James Palace, London; The Half King NY; Glastonbury Music Festival; Human Rights Watch Sydney; Beijing Art Bienalle, Lodz Poland, Host Gallery, Objectifs Gallery Singapore, Hong Kong Photo Festival, Australian High Commission, London among many others.
Winning the PMH 2014 Grant has been a great motivation to continue with my work and further develop my search within the documentary photography genre. As well as receiving worldwide visibility across PHM’s media’s, my winning series Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty has also been introduced to the South American photography community courtesy of a wonderful exhibition curated by the PHM team at the Paraty Em Foco festival in Brazil. ”
Welcome to the PHmuseum 2017 Grant (PHM 2017 Grant or Grant).
This document defines the Terms and Conditions (Terms) that govern your use of the PHmuseum 2017 Grant (PHM 2017 Grant or Grant) webpages. These Terms apply between You (You or Entrant), and PHmuseum Ltd (PHmuseum or We), PHmuseum Ltd (Company Number 09474210) the United Kingdom based corporation with registered office at International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2BN, London, United Kingdom, owning and operating the phmuseum.com website, all the related websites and services and the Photographic Museum of Humanity trademarks.
By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2017 Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully before applying to the PHM 2017 Grant.
1. GRANT RULES
The PHM 2017 Grant begins on December 12, 2016 at 12:01 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and ends February 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm (GMT). Entrants can participate by clicking on the Apply Now button available at phmuseum.com/grant and following the submission guided process. Update: the deadline is extended to February 22 at 11:59pm (GMT).
Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Each Entrant can submit one or more “Project”, defined as a set of photos built around a concept or a topic. Each Project must feature a minimum of 8 photos and a maximum of 20 photos that will be taken under consideration by the PHM 2017 Judges. The photos must have been shot from January 2006 onwards and at least 4 photos must have been taken after January 1st 2015. Photos shall be uploaded in Jpg or Jpeg format and cannot weigh more than 8 Megabytes. To complete the submission of a Project, the Entrant shall pay an entry fee of GBP 20 for each Project submitted before January 12, 2017 and an entry fee of GBP 30 for each Project submitted from January 13, 2017 onwards.
Winners will be announced on www.phmuseum.com/grant within 90 days of the deadline or extended deadline day. By accepting these Terms You agree and accept that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the PHM 2017 Grant. PHM 2017 Grant is void where prohibited.
2. PRIZES & JUDGES
The PHM 2017 Grant will offer the following prizes:
a) PHM 2017 Grant 1st prize: GBP 7,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;
b) PHM 2017 Grant 2nd prize: GBP 3,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;
c) PHM 2017 Grant 3rd prize: GBP 1,000 in cash, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;
d) PHM 2017 Grant New Generation Prize: GBP 1,000 in cash, a mentorship program with educator Maggie Steber consisting of four Skype meetings of two hours each, a projection at Just Another Photo Festival, promotion via PHmuseum channels and a publication on Witness – the online publication of World Press Photo Foundation;
e) A solo exhibition at photography festival Cortona On The Move, including the show production, travel and accommodation expenses;
f) PHM 2017 Grant Main Prize Honorable Mentions
g) PHM 2017 Grant New Generation Prize Honorable Mentions
Prizes at points (a), (b), (c) and (f) will be assigned by these Judges: Sarah Leen, Emma Bowkett, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Ihiro Hayami.
Prizes at points (d) and (g) will be assigned by these Judges: Kate Bubacz, Fiona Parker, Alejandro Kirchuk and Poulomi Basu.
Prize at point (e) will be assigned by Judge Arianna Rinaldo and offered by the Associazione culturale ONTHEMOVE with offices in Via Roma 31, Cortona, Italy.
Photographers who are 25 (twenty-five) years of age, or less, on the day of the PHM 2017 Grant final deadline are the only applicants eligible for prizes at points (d) and (g).
3. CANDIDATES UNDERTAKINGS
By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2017 Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
By doing so, You also acknowledge and agree that You will not be able to:
a) delete or edit any photos of the submitted Project from the PHmuseum website nor alter their order;
b) delete or edit any information to the submitted Series from the PHmuseum website from the day You submit the Series to 90 days after the PHM 2017 Grant deadline or extended deadline.
By accepting these Terms and entering the PHM 2017 Grant You warrant that all the information submitted is true, current, and complete. You also warrant that You have all the necessary consents in relation to your entry and that You are the copyright owner of any copyright works submitted, e.g. photographs, texts, drawings, and PHmuseum's use of such works will be at no charge, will not infringe the rights of any third party, and You will fully indemnify PHmuseum in the event of any infringement.
You also acknowledge that the full name of the winners may be published by PHmuseum, and You grant to PHmuseum a nonexclusive perpetual, worldwide royalty free license to use and publish your entries in whole or in part in any media form whatsoever, for the purposes of the Grant’s and PHmuseum’s promotion. You also agree that PHmuseum will have the right to use and publish the images for promotional and marketing purposes for the current and future seasons of the Grant on any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid.
If the photographs contain any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Terms without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
3. PHMUSEUM UNDERTAKINGS
PHmuseum commits to credit the due amount to the winners within 90 days after the winners announcement, provided that the winner communicates via email to PHmuseum (i) valid and complete bank account details and (ii) a copy of his/her ID within 30 days after the winners announcement.
PHmuseum will notify the winner of each prize at the email address associated to the winner’s PHmuseum account within 90 days after the Grant closing date. The winner will have 30 days from the day he or she will be notified to answer PHmuseum and claim his or her prize. If PHmuseum is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and PHmuseum reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these Terms and the Grant information.
PHmuseum commits to always mention the author copyrights. When You submit photographs to the PHmuseum website, You remain the copyright owner of the photographs You submit to the PHmuseum website and PHmuseum does not claim ownership over the photographs. To learn more about the copyrights treatment please visit our website’s Terms and Conditions.
By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You candidate Your Series to the PHM 2017 Grant and You make the following representations and warranties:
a) You can lawfully enter into contracts under applicable law and You are at least 18 years old;
b) You have obtained and have copies of model releases from all subjects depicted in the photograph(s) You submit to the PHM 2017 Grant, and such persons voluntarily consented to publication and/or dissemination of their likeness for all legal purposes.
Neither PHmuseum nor their associates, affiliates or partners assume any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of these Terms. Images that demonstrate violations on copyright and/or Grant policies will be removed & disqualified by PHmuseum after due investigations.
5. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PHmuseum and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in the PHM 2017 Grant or any PHM 2017 Grant-related activities.
PHmuseum assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Grant entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.
PHmuseum is not responsible for any issue with or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any damage to Entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to this Grant
Neither PHmuseum nor its servants, agents, nor any other party or organization involved in the management, promotion, or administration of the Grant or its entry routes or donation of prizes or their agents or subsidiaries involved in the Grant will accept responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorized access to entries, or entries lost or delayed whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of network availability, server functions (including but not limited to security functions by software used by PHmuseum or any third party), virus, malware, trojans, bugs, or other causes outside its control.
6. DISPUTE AND CLAIMS
7. RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND GRANT
If for any reason the Grant is not capable of running as planned for bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of PHmuseum that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Grant, PHmuseum reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Grant.
PHmuseum cannot promise that the services relating to the Grant will be free from errors or omissions nor that they will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. These services may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons reasonably beyond the control of PHmuseum. PHmuseum will not be liable in the event that all or any part of the service relating to the Grant is discontinued, modified or changed in any way.
Last updated - February 22, 2017