May Photography Awards

The PHM 2016 Grant, W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and Canon Female Photojournalist Award are among the most exciting opportunities open for entries this month. Learn more here and apply now.

PHM 2016 Grant

© Max Pinckers, from the series Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty. (PHmuseum 2014 Grant winner)

The fourth edition of the PHMuseum 2016 Grant is open for submissions, with a distinguished jury comprised of Kathy Ryan (Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine); Donald Weber (Photographer and member of VII Photo); François Hébel (Art Director and Curator); and Francisco Mata Rosas (Photographer and Researcher at UAM). They will award $4,000 in cash prizes, including the New Generation Prize (US$500) which will be assigned to a photographer under the age of 25. The contest has no entry fee, but you need to be an approved photographer within the PHmuseum curated community in order to present your work. Deadline: June 14th. Learn more at

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

© Matt Black, from the series The Geography of Poverty. (2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant winner)

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is currently accepting applications for its 37th Grant in Humanistic Photography. This illustrious award is handed out annually to a photographer whose previous work, and proposed project, demonstrates extraordinary commitment to documenting the human condition. A number of finalists will be selected by a three-member international jury, and only then will they be invited to submit a more extensive portfolio for a second round of judging. The winner will receive a US$30,000 prize fund, while an additional US$5,000 will be distributed to one or more finalists considered worthy of special recognition. US$50 entry fee. Deadline: May 31st.

The Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards 2016

© Newsha Tavakolian (Juror), from the series Iran Coming Out of the Shadow

Magnum Photos has partnered with LensCulture to create a new and exciting opportunity that honors the world’s best visual storytellers. 12 winners and 20 finalists will be selected from Documentary, Open, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, and Photojournalism categories. The jury features seven renowned names working in the industry: Martin Parr (President of Magnum), David Kogan (CEO, Magnum Photos), Stacey Baker (Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine), David Alan Harvey (Founder of Burn Magazine), Amy Pereira (Director of Photography, MSNBC), Newsha Tavakolian (Magnum Photographer), and Jim Casper (Editor-in-Chief, LensCulture). Prizes include US$18,000 in cash awards, an online Magnum exhibition, international press exposure, festival projections, portfolio reviews, and featured articles. Deadline: May 24th.

Canon Female Photojournalist Award

© Anastasia Rudenko, from the series Paradise. (Winner of the 2015 Canon Female Photojournalist Award)

The 16th Canon Female Photojournalist Award – supported by ELLE Magazine in association with Images Evidence – will award €8,000 to a female photojournalist covering social, economic, political, or cultural subjects. Presented every year at Visa pour l’Image, the largest international festival of photojournalism, the grant is designed to help with the production or completion of a long-term photo-reportage project. Applicants will be judged upon both the quality of their photographs and the pertinence of their proposal. Women visual storytellers of any age and nationality may apply. Entry is free. The submissions dossier must be sent by May 17th.

Getty Images Editorial Grants

© Souvid Datta, from the series Sonagachi: Vanishing Girls. (Recipient of a 2015 Getty Images Editorial Grant)

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography aims to support independent photojournalists working around the world. Five winners will each receive US$10,000; funds designed to help with the pursuit of work that is personally significant and would otherwise be difficult to actualize. “Selection will be based on the judges’ determination of applicant’s ability to execute the submitted project with compelling visual narrative in documentary feature format” say the organizers. Carolyn Cole (Photographer, Los Angeles Times), Jean-Francois LeRoy (Director General, Visa Pour l’Image), Eli Reed (Photographer, Magnum Photos), Paul Moakley (Deputy Director of Photography, TIME), and Sarah Leen (Director of Photography, National Geographic) are the jury members. Deadline: May 18th.

The Alfred Fried Photography Award

© David Martín Huamaní Bedoya, from the series Tururo Roots. (2015 Alfred Fried Photography Award recipient)

Presented by both the Photographische Gesellschaft (Vienna-based Photographic Society), and Edition Lammerhuber (Austrian publisher), the Alfred Fried Photography Award supports visual storytellers whose work documents mankind’s efforts to live together in harmony. The Peace Image of the Year will receive €10,000. Jury members include Gerd Ludwig (Photographer, National Geographic Creative), Pascal Maitre (Photographer, GEO, National Geographic), Klaus Lorbeer (Editor-in-chief, Foto Objektiv), and Erich Lessing (Photographer, Magnum). Deadline: June 1st.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

© Hosam Katan, from the series Syria. (Winner of the 2015 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award Grand Prize)

Emerging photographers and photojournalists are invited to apply for the annual International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Documentary Photography Award, which is this year dedicated to the theme of “Justice.” “By seeking to reveal the world’s injustices, the photographer acts as a powerful agent of change. When the photographer bears witness to social problems, human rights abuses, suffering, conflict, poverty, and to those struggling on the margins of society, some justice is done to the subject in that they are noticed and given hope of a voice” explain the judges. The Grand Prize carries a £1,000 cash award. World Press Photo will also add the winner to its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass. Applicants must be younger than 31 years old or enrolled in an educational program on June 1st, 2016. Deadline: June 1st.


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