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Photo-j Contests, Grants & Photo Prizes: Details, Deadlines, Judges
December 09, 2004
By By Jay Defoore
World Press Photo
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the World Press Photo competition is one of the most prestigious international contests honoring photojournalism Winning is tough, but there are plenty of categories to try your hand at: spot news, people in the news, portraits, sports, arts & entertainment, nature, etc. Winners of each single picture and picture story category receive a cash prize of EUR 1,500 and airfare and hotel accommodations to the award ceremony in Amsterdam, where the contest is based. One photo is selected as the World Press Photo of the Year, and the winner receives EUR 10,000. All the winners are treated like royalty, and the prime minister of the Netherlands personally hands out the awards. The competition received more than 63,000 submissions in 2004 from 124 countries.
A first round of judges—an international body of photographers, editors and agents—narrows the field, then a second round makes the final choices. Entries are judged for their news value and for the photographer’s creative skills. World Press Photos is known to be the most “avant garde” of the photo-j contests, often choosing unconventional, artistic compositions. For stories and portfolios, the editing of the material submitted is also taken into account.
Deadline: January 13
Web site: www.worldpressphoto.nl
Pictures of the Year International (POYi) and Best Of Photography (BOP)
Three years ago, a disagreement over money ended a prosperous 50-year marriage between the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which hosts the POYi competition, and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), which started a competing contest called Best of Photography (BoP). The majority of photographers and editors would prefer the two organizations stop their bickering and reunite the parallel competitions, but until that happens, photographers will continue entering—and often winning—both.
POYi is one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the U.S. Judging is open to the public, and photography students are especially encouraged to sit in on the process. BoP, billed as “The Contest Designed By Photojournalists for Photojournalists,” convenes for a week at the Poynter Institute in Saint Petersburg, FL. The rules for BoP 2005 are still being finalized at press time, so check the Web site for the latest information.
POYi Deadline: January 18
POYi Web site: www.poyi.org
BoP Web site: http://www.nppa.org/competitions/ best_of_still_photojournalism/2005/
The Pulitzer Prizes
Considered the Oscars of the news business, the Pulitzer Prizes are coveted more for the respect they command than the money awarded ($7,500). Winning a Pulitzer practically guarantees you an obituary in The New York Times, or so said the late winner Eddie Adams. An initial round of judges nominates work to put before the entire Pulitzer board, which is made up mainly of newspaper (not photo) editors. The one winner is chosen for Breaking News Photography and another for Feature Photography (in addition to several other awards for everything from investigative reporting to criticism to editorial cartooning). Winning portfolios or single images usually pertain to what the editors hash out as the most “important” news event of the year, although there are occasional surprises. The only stipulation for the contest is that the work had to appear in an American newspaper the previous year. For this year’s awards, the prize money has increased to $10,000, so get going.
Deadline: February 1, 2005
Entry Fee: $50
Web site: www.pulitzer.org
W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows in the tradition of the W. Eugene Smith’s compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. Winners receive $30,000, with an additional $5,000 in fellowship money to be awarded at the discretion of the jury. In addition to a photographic essay, judges take into consideration the photographer’s written proposal. The grant program is independently administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and funded by Nikon. Past winners include Stanley Greene, Trent Parke, Kai Wiedenhofer, Maya Goded and Brenda Ann Kenneally.
Deadline: July 15
Web site: http://www.smithfund.org
The Eyes Of History
The yearly Eyes of History competition is open to members of the White House News Photographers’ Association (WHNPA). The contest awards photojournalism with several categories geared towards political coverage. The organization also gives out a $5,000 project grant each year. Membership has its privileges.
Deadline: January 26
Web site: www.whnpa.org
Overseas Press Club Awards
Much like the Pulitzers but not quite as esteemed, the Overseas Press Club awards several categories for journalism. Tops among the photo prizes is the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise. Carolyn Cole has won the award the last two years. The Olivier Rebbot Award recognizes photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books. The John Faber Award honors photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services. A Feature Photography Award looks at feature photography published in any medium on an international theme. Fewer people enter these awards, so one would expect an easier time getting in. But those awarded are often among the best in the business. In addition to Cole, 2003 winners were Chris Hondros (John Farber), Alex Majoli (Feature Photography) and Yuri Kozyrev and Li Zhensheng/Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images/Phaidon for Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer’s Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution (Olivier Rebbot). All award winners receive a certificate and a $1,000 cash prize.
Deadline: January 27
Entry Fee: $125
Web site: http://www.opcofamerica.org/ opc_awards/awards.php
Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards
The Scripps Howard Foundation Photojournalism Award honors outstanding photojournalism portfolios, not individual pictures. Entries will be judged on general excellence, quality of image, composition, display and impact. Newspaper or wire service photographers whose work was published in the U.S. in 2004 are eligible for the $10,000 (up from $5,000) and trophy prize. Past winners include Don Bartletti of The Los Angeles Times, Aristide Economopolous of the Newark Star-Ledger and Marc Andrew Piscotty of the Denver Rocky Mountain News.
Deadline: January 31
Entry fee: $50
Contact: Patty Cottingham at (800) 888-3000
Web site: www.scripps.com/foundation
CARE International Award For Humanitarian Reportage
The contest is open to professional photographers whose work reports on tragic situations or abuses against human rights or human dignity requiring a humanitarian action. Olivier Jobard of Sipa Press won the award in 2004 for his work documenting the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. The 8,000 EUR prize is presented at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France each summer, where the winner’s work is exhibited alongside work from four finalists. CARE is a humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty.
Web site: www.care.org
Oscar Barnack Prize
Sponsored by Leica Camera AG since 1979, the Oscar Barnack Prize looks for photos that “express man’s relationship to his environment in a story of no more than 12 images.” The 5,000 EUR prize is announced each summer at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie festival in Arles, France. Projects must have been completed the year before the year of the contest, or long-term projects where at least a few photographs were taken in 2004. Peter Granser won the award in 2003 for his project “Coney Island,” which looks at the current demise of the once-great amusement park in New York City.
Deadline: January 31
Web site: http://www.leicacamera.com/ kultur/events/wettbewerbe/index_e.html
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
This award focuses on the life of disadvantaged people in the US, their way of life, their plight and their potential. Entries must be published in the U.S. for first time.
Entry Fee: $20
Tel: 202.463.7575 x225
Address: RFK Journalism Award Committee, 1367 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036.
PDN Photo Annual
PDN’s contests have celebrated the best work in the professional community. Our contests allow photographers to be recognized for excellence, applaud our colleagues for their achievements, and offer inspiration all year. The PDN Photo Annual features a portfolio of award-winning pieces in the categories of Advertising, Editorial, News & Sports, Corporate/Design, Student Work, Photo Books, Photo Web Sites, and Personal Work; in 2005 a Stock category is being added. The judges include photo editors, art buyers from ad agencies, graphic designers, teachers—in other words, people from every field being represented in the Annual.
Deadline: February 15
Web site: http://www.pdnonline.com/contests
The Art Directors Club
This annual juried contest features dozens of categories, including several for photography. Deadline for submissions is January 21 for professionals or January 28 for student categories. Call (212) 643-1440, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.adcglobal.org for more info. Gold and Silver Cube winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York in June. Winners will also be included in the Art Directors Annual 84, which will be distributed in Fall 2005.
The ADDY Awards
The ADDYs are sponsored by the American Advertising Federation to recognize creative excellence in advertising. Awards are given in several media categories as well as photography. Contact Gail Bozeman at email@example.com or visit the
Web site at www.aaf.org
The International Photography Awards conducts two parallel competitions each year—one for professional photographers and one for amateurs. Judges determine winners in a plethora of specific categories, including car photography, nudes and children. Certificates of excellence are awarded in all sub-categories to both groups, which compete separately. The top prize is the title of International Photographer of the Year, which comes with a $10,000 prize. The best amateur photographer receives the New Discovery Award, which comes with a $2,000 cash prize. The work of all the winners are published in the annual International Photography Awards Book and displayed in a Los Angeles gallery. In addition, the 15 finalists (eight professionals and seven nonprofessionals) will also receive two tickets each to the Lucie Awards ceremony.
Deadline for the 2005 competition is May 31.
Web site: www.photoawards.com
Other Foundation Grants And Awards
The Alicia Patterson Foundation’s Fellowship Program for Journalists awards one-year grants to working journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest. Works completed for the project are then published in APF Reporter, a quarterly magazine published by the Foundation. There are not set categories for photographers, but one or two are usually selected each year. Fellows receive a $35,000 stipend, one of the largest amounts for any grant. Freelance photographer Builder Levy and Washington Poststaff photographer Lois Raimondo are among the recipients of the 2004 fellowships. Web site: www.aliciapatterson.org
The Alexia Foundation awards grants to professionals and scholarships to students photographers to help them complete documentary work that promotes world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer can apply but proposals that have received awards exceeding $1,000 in previous calendar year are not eligible. This is not a portfolio competition but emphasizes a concise, focused and meaningful story proposal. In 2004, judges awarded Roger Lemoyne a $15,000 grant and Francesco Zizola $7,500 award. Marie Arago was the first place student scholarship winner. Web site: www.alexiafoundation.org
The NPPA/Nikon Sabbatical Grant enables a working photojournalist to take a three-month leave of absence to pursue a documentary project illuminating “The Changing Face of America.” The award includes a $15,000 stipend. One winner is selected each year. Past winners include Felicia Webb, Jon Lowenstein, Eugene Richards and John Ficara. Deadline is December 27, 2004. Web site: http://www.nppa.org/ competitions/nikon_documentary_sabbatical/info.html
The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize, administered by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, awards $10,000 annually to encourage collaborative documentary work in the tradition of American photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Portland, Oregon-based freelance photographer Jim Lommasson and boxing writer Katherine Dun took the 14th annual award in 2004. Other past winners have included Keith Carter, Donna DeCesare, Ernesto Bazan, Deborah Luster, Rob Amberg, Jason Eskenazi, Dona Ann McAdams and Misty Keasler. The Center for Documentary Studies also hands out awards for student documentary work and the Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, a biennial prize offering publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award and inclusion in a traveling exhibition of prizewinners. Web site: http://cds.aas.duke.edu/grants/
The Santa Fe Prize For Photography, now in its second year, the Santa Fe Prize for Photography aims to recognize and reward photographers who have completed or are near completing a meaningful body of work. Winners are chosen from a list of photographers nominated by curators, editors, publishers, photographers and educators. This year’s single juror was Roy Flukinger, research curator of photography at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Byron Wolfe, a photography educator at California State University, Chico, has won the 2004 Santa Fe Prize for Photography for his essay “Everyday: A Poetic Diary with Pictures.” The award includes $5,000 and participation in Review Santa Fe. Honorable mentions were awarded to Kelli Connell of Youngstown, Ohio and Paul D’Amato of Riverside, Ill. The inaugural award went to Alec Soth, now of Magnum, for his project “Sleeping By the Mississippi.” Web site: www.santafecenterforphotography.org
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize—formerly the Citigroup Photography Prize—is organized by the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Essentially a fine art prize, the award recognizes living photographers who have made the most significant contribution to photography during the past year. Photographers are nominated for a significant exhibition or publication that took place in Europe between Nov. 1, 2003 and Oct. 2004. Nominees are selected from a jury, so no applications are accepted (if you have to lobby for inclusion, you’re probably not going to win anyway). One winner is selected from a shortlist to receive $55,600 (¬30,000); three runners up each receive $5,560 (¬3,000). The jury is chaired by Paul Wombell, director of the Photographers’ Gallery and 2005 jury members include Kate Bush, editorial director contemporary art and photography, Phaidon Press; Rosa Olivares, director EXIT magazine, Madrid; Christoph Ruys, director, PhotoMuseum, Antwerp. Shortlist winners will be announced Dec. 16; the award ceremony will take place on May 5, 2005. Previous winners of the Citigroup Photography Prize include Juergen Teller, Joel Sternfeld, Shirana Shahbazi, Boris Mikhailov, Anna Gaskell, Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky and Richard Billingham. Web site: http://www.photonet.org.uk/ programme/citibank.html
China International Press Photo Contest, the first of which is going to held in March 2005, is China’s newest entry into the international competition arena. Modeled after World Press Photo, CHIPP as the first and largest of its kind event ever held in China. Professional photojournalists throughout the world are invited to create a visual record of the past year focusing on the challenges and struggles for a peaceful and prosperous world. The aim is to encourage high professional practices in photojournalism and promotes the free exchange of information. This year’s jury includes Robert Pledge, president of Contact Press Images, Jim Dooley, former director of photography at Newsday, and the founding president of the Associated Press Photo and Alain Lebouc, chairman of France’s Scoop Photo Festival. www.chipp.cn/emain.asp
The Golden Light Awards, which generally begin taking entries in the fall, are aimed at emerging photographers. Winners in seven categories receive $1,700 in tuition grants to the Maine Photographic Workshops and other awards, including equipment and material support. Categories include documentary and photojournalism, advertising and commercial, personal and fine art, environment and landscape, travel, digital and portraiture. Entry fees are $45. For more information visit www.GoldenLightAwards.org
The College Photographer of the Year contest is conducted annually to help young photographers evaluate their abilities as visual communicators and compare their work with that of their peers. Top portfolio winners receive a summer internship and a $1,000 scholarship. Runners-up receive cash prizes and film. Undergrads and grad students enrolled in the 2003-2004 school year are eligible. The call for entries is usually in the fall. Entries for the 2004 competition were judged Nov. 7, 2004 through Nov. 10, 2004 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. Contact Angel Anderson at (573) 882-4882 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.cpoy.org
The NLGJA Excellence in Photojournalism Award bestows $500 and two non-cash awards to recognize and reward excellence in photojournalism for issues related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities. Phone: (202) 588-9888. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.nlgja.org
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