The Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Deadline: 31 May 2011
Open to: photographers
Scholarship/Grant: $30,000

Established in 1979 in honor of W. Eugene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist, the Smith grant is given to a photographer who is demonstrating an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s humanistic photography and compassionate dedication.

Administered by the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, an independent non-profit organization, the grant provides photographers with the financial freedom to continue or complete a major photographic project. The grant represents the most prestigious honor in the field of documentary photography.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants should include a written proposal that is concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven, and a resume of educational and professional qualifications. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate evidence of their photographic ability and submit between 20 and 40 images. The Fund’s preferred method of submission is jpegs on a CD or DVD (no RAW or TIFF files). However, for those applicants who do not have access to digital technology, the Fund will accept between 20-40 traditional or digital work prints instead, provided they are no larger than 18 x 24 cms or 8 x 10 inches.

The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing.

No preliminary materials will be returned unless expressly requested by the applicant, and sent accompanied either by a self-addressed stamped envelope or appropriate packaging and a prepaid courier waybill. Non-returned materials will be destroyed at the end of the entire judging process. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage to any work. There is no entry fee.

How to Apply

Download application form HERE.

Send all submissions to:
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
c/o International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036 — USA

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