July Photography Awards Guide

The Howard Chapnick Grant, Firecracker Photographic Grant, International Photography Award Emergentes DST, and ACCIONA Sustainability Photography Prize are the most exciting competitions open for submissions this month. Read on to find out more.

Howard Chapnick Grant

Michael-I.jpg#asset:750© Michael Itkoff. (Recipient of the 2006 Howard Chapnick Grant)

Established in 1996 by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Howard Chapnick Grant is now one of the leading awards dedicated to photography research. The grant is designed to encourage leadership in fields relating to photojournalism, and the $5,000 prize “may be used to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual” say the organizers. The judges – members of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography Board of Trustees – will give special consideration to work that looks to promote social change and/or examines the crucial role of photojournalism in the twenty-first century. Deadline: July 15th.

2016 Firecracker Photographic Grant

Diana-Fire-cracker.jpg#asset:722:url© Diana Markosian, from the series Inventing My Father. (2014 Firecracker Photographic Grant recipient)

The annual Firecracker Photographic Grant is designed to finance and support the development of a visual documentary project. "Receiving the Firecracker grant was a huge endorsement for me and for a piece of work I'd been struggling to find the right platform for. The award gave the work great visibility and the grant itself was instrumental in the final stages of bringing the work together as a book” says British photographer Jo Metson Scott, the inaugural FPG recipient. The prize fund includes a minimum of £1000 to help with the creation of a series, and £1000 credit with Genesis Imaging for professional printing, mounting, and framing. The competition is open solely to female photographers born, or currently living in, Europe. All submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury, comprised of such industry specialists as Chloe Dewe Mathews (prominent photographer) and Eleanor Macnair (artist and PR specialist). Deadline: July 31st. Winner to be announced on September 1st.

International Photography Award Emergentes DST

Sanne-Encontros.jpg#asset:724© Sanne De Wilde. (Winner of the 2013 International Photography Award Emergentes DST)

Organized by Encontros da Imagem, the International Photography Award Emergentes DST offers an opportunity for both emerging and established photographers to present their work to leading figures in the industry. From the initial list of applicants, a selection of finalists will be invited for a series of portfolio reviews with a group of visual arts specialists that includes Frank Kalero, Independent Curator; Iatã Cannabrava, Director Centro Estudos da Imagem; Krzystof Candrowicz, Founder of Lodz Fotofestival, and Vincent Marcilhacy, Director, The Eyes. The overall winner will receive a €7,500 endowment and an individual exhibition at the next edition of Encontros da Imagem festival. Submissions must be sent by July 24th.

ACCIONA Sustainability Photography Prize

Ricardo-photoespaña.jpg#asset:725© Ricardo Cases, from the series Paloma al aire. (Exhibitor at this year's PHotoEspaña)

ACCIONA (a sustainable business corporation) has teamed up with international photography festival, PHotoEspaña to launch the Sustainability Photography Prize. A distinguished jury, featuring industry professionals and a representative of ACCIONA, will be looking for work in Latin American countries that both examines the conservation of biological diversity, and reflects the commitment and principles of sustainability. In addition to the €2,000 monetary prize, the winning work will also be published on the cover of the PHotoEspaña website and displayed in a collective exhibition at the festival in 2017. Deadline: July 10th.


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