The PHmuseum Photography Grant is an annual initiative that recognises the importance of photography and visual storytelling. Over the years it has grown into a leading photography prize, with previous editions having awarded work by photographers like Poulomi Basu, Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, and Tomas van Houtryve, among many others. Now in its seventh edition, the initiative is designed to support the production and promotion of visual projects through cash prizes, educational activities and exposure across international festivals, and online media.
To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to innovative and experimental projects. Our independent jury will then review all the submissions and gather together to decide what is most relevant according to their personal criteria. Applying is very easy, just follow these guided steps:
Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.
Upload between 8 and 20 photos. At least 4 of them must have been shot after 1 January, 2016. Images shall be in JPG or PNG format and not weight more than 10MB each. The ideal resolution is 72 dpi with at least 1000px on the shortest side. You can present more than a project, but they must be submitted one at a time.
Check all the info and submit your project, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. The judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in April 2019. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.
© Poulomi Basu
My advice to other photographers would be to apply with a body of work that is personal. Work that has a vision of its own beyond the photo world. Work that is free from editorial constraints and is bold and experimental.
Awarded by PhEST’s Team
PhEST’s team will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the upcoming edition of the festival to be held in Monopoli, Italy in September 2019.
Awarded by PHmuseum's Team
PHmuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio and PHmuseum Curator Rocco Venezia will select 3 works from all the submissions to be published online on World Press Photo’s Witness.
Assigned by Cortona OTM Team
The Cortona On The Move Team will select a photographer, among all of the applicants, who will be granted a slot at a workshop during the festival next edition, to be held in July 2019 in Cortona, Italy.
Assigned by PHmuseum's Team
The PHmuseum team will select 4 photographers among all of the applicants who will be granted a 60 minutes portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.
The judges will select up to 35 shortlisted projects that will compete for all main prizes and honorable mentions. All shortlisted works will be projected at Cortona On The Move 2019 (Italy), Just Another Photo Festival 2019 (India), and Obscura Festival (Malaysia), and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.
© Igor Pisuk
The prize gave me a big support and the opportunity to finish my long-term series and finally publish it as a photobook. It gave me the courage to develop my vision in the most honest way without any compromises.
Max Pinckers (b.1988, BE) is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores visual strategies in documentary photography. Not believing in the possibility of sheer objectivity or neutrality, Pinckers advocates a manifest subjective approach, which is made visible through the explicit use of theatrical lighting, stage directions or extras. Extensive research and diligent technical preparation are combined with improvisation to obtain lively, unexpected, critical, simultaneously poetic and documentary images. His works take shape in as self-published artist books and exhibition installations such as The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), and Margins of Excess (2018). Pinckers is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent and has received multiple international awards, such as the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2015 and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press.
Director of Photography, Washington Post
MaryAnne Golon is the Director of Photography at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne was the director of photography at Time Magazine and a senior photography editor there for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors from The University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. Before joining The Post in 2012, MaryAnne curated Look 3: The Festival of the Photograph and help guide the 2-year product build of a digital asset management system for a major non-profit organization. Golon was also director of photography at Time magazine where she co-managed the international newsweekly’s photography department for more than 15 years. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. Golon has received many individual and team picture-editing awards from the POYi (Pictures of the Year International) and NPPA's (National Press Photographer’s Association) Best of Photojournalism competitions. Communication Arts, Society of Publication Designers, and American Photography have all recognized her work. She was awarded Picture of the Editor of the Year from the IFA Lucie Awards in 2013. She was twice selected for American Photo magazine’s list of the 100 most important people in photography.
Head of the Contemporary Photography Department at Instituto Moreira Salles, editor of ZUM magazine
Thyago Nogueira is the head of the Contemporary Photography Department at Instituto Moreira Salles, Brazil and editor of ZUM magazine. He has curated exhibitions and edited the catalogues of exhibitions featuring William Eggleston” (“A cor americana”/”The American Color”, 2015), Claudia Andujar (“No lugar do outro”/”In the place of other”, 2015) and Mauro Restiffe (“São Paulo Fora de Alcance”/”São Paulo, Beyond Reach”, 2014). He has guest edited Aperture magazine focused on São Paulo photography (2014), and co-curated the Offside project with Magnum agency during Brazil’s World Cup. He has also curated “Água escondida/ Hidden Water”, a book project by photographer Caio Reisewitz. He is currently working on a Contemporary Brazilian Photography exhibition, as well as a retrospective of photographer Claudia Andujar and a project with artist Rosangela Rennó. He is an advisor for The Photobook Museum and Errata Editions, and has judged and nominated for different awards such as Foam Paul Huf, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Prix Pictect, Deutsche Börse, Hasselblad, Israeli Museum, GDP4PhotoArt, and Harvard/Robert Gardner.
Artistic Director QUAD & Director FORMAT International Photography Festival
Louise Fedotov-Clements is the Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies in Derby UK, since 2001, and the Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, which she founded in 2004. An independent curator since 1998, she has initiated many commissions, publications, mass participation and exhibitions. A Guest Curator for numerous international exhibitions and festivals, including Dong Gang Photography Festival South Korea; Photoquai Biennale; Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries; Venice Biennale; Photo Beijing. She has contributed to many publications as producer/writer and is on the Editorial Team of RVM Magazine Italy and Archivo magazine Portugal. She is a regular juror, portfolio reviewer, speaker and award advisor throughout Europe, America & Asia.www.formatfestival.com
© Vasantha Yogananthan
I’ll be looking for a coherent body of work that expresses an idea with sharp intention, both critically reflecting on the medium itself as well as creatively engaging with the subject matter.
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