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The Inge Morath Award

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the sixth annual Inge Morath Award. The annual prize of $5,000 is awarded by the Magnum Foundation to a female documentary photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion of a long-term project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers.
Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath’s estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography.
Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation.
Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include: Kathryn Cook (US, ’08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, ’07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, ’06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, ’06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, ’05) for Before the Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, ’02), for Kashmir.

All submissions must be postmarked or delivered by April 30th, 2009.

Form of Submission:
Images should be sent as a PDF slide show (no Quicktime, Powerpoint, or HTML files will be accepted). A subfolder with the individual image files must accompany the PDF file. All files and support materials must be submitted on a CD to the address below.
All submissions must consist of work done solely by the submitting photographer.

Image File Specifications:
- 40 – 60 images (1200 pixels on the longest side @ 150 DPI saved as a Jpeg compression at 8 minimum).
In the subfolder containing individual images, please use numbered filenames indicating the image sequence, with the number coming first in the file name and then last name; for example: 01_Smith, 02_Smith, 03_Smith etc. (use only two digit numbers; 01, 02, 03, etc.).
Please label your CD with your name and contact information before sending it, and please test the CD to ensure that both it and your slideshow are functional.

Required Support Material:
- Project description.
- Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) including name, telephone number, and mailing address.
- Photocopy or scan of ID clearly showing date of birth. Applicants must still be under the age of 30 before April 30th, 2009. Photographers represented by Magnum Photos and their immediate relatives are not eligible.

Return of Submissions:
Submissions that are not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Applicants waive any claims for loss of or damage to their submissions.

Announcement of Winner:
July 2009 on the web sites of the Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation.

Fine Print:
Applicants grant the Magnum Foundation a license to reproduce, display and distribute their submissions solely in connection with the administration and judging of the Inge Morath Award, including on the Magnum Foundation website and the Inge Morath Foundation website.
Winners of the Inge Morath Award agree that any future publication, exhibition or display of the funded project shall credit the Inge Morath Award and the Magnum Foundation.
Upon completion of the funded project, a final (digital) copy must be provided to the Magnum Foundation. The Foundation, in furtherance of its charitable purposes, may, in the future, (1) display the project on its website and make it available for display on the website of the Inge Morath Foundation; and (2) publicly display the project (or excepts from it) in connection with exhibitions or promotional materials related to the Inge Morath Award. The Foundation will credit the artist as the author and copyright holder of her photographs.
Winners may be required to provide additional identifying information prior to receiving payment.

Send Submissions To:
Inge Morath Award
c/o The Magnum Foundation
151 West 25th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001 USA

For Further Information:
- www.magnumfoundation.org
- www.ingemorath.org

by Emine Gozde Sevim at 2009-02-03 20:28:07 UTC (ed. Feb 3 2009 ) Brooklyn, New York , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

30 Apr 2009 00:04

I’ll be watching this and other pages where the Award has been announced. If you have any questions about the Award or submissions, etc., please feel free to ask here. Thanks.

John Jacob

Inge Morath Foundation

by John Jacob | 04 Feb 2009 17:02 (ed. Feb 4 2009) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Sadly I’m too old to enter my work. Otherwise I would jump at this chance. It’s a great initiative! Good luck to all who are entering. Best, Wendy

by Wendy Marijnissen | 04 Feb 2009 17:02 | Antwerp, Belgium | | Report spam→

This question came to me as an email, but I’m going to post the answer here as well. (Please note that you may view all past winners’ and finalists’ submissions on the Inge Morath Foundation web site, www.ingemorath.org).

Q: I’m looking for information about The Inge Morath Award. Should the pictures I submit be about my documentary project or about my portfolio?

A: The IM Award is given to complete a long-term documentary project. While the instructions don’t specify what you should send, I recommend that your submission focus on the project for which you’re seeking support.

You may submit 40 to 60 images, so it’s possible to send selections from both a project and your portfolio. However, it’s most important to adequately represent your project, as that is what the jurors will be primarily looking at.

Thank you.

John Jacob

Inge Morath Foundation

by John Jacob | 05 Feb 2009 15:02 (ed. Feb 5 2009) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hi John,
is it possible to submit twice? I mean 2 different proposals and pictures that come with it?
best, alice

by Alice Smeets | 06 Feb 2009 13:02 | Eupen, Belgium | | Report spam→
Hi Alice.

Congratulations on winning the UNICEF photo competition!

Only one submission is allowed per artist.

You may submit selections from several projects if you wish. But this should be done only if the inclusion of multiple projects somehow enhances your request for support of one of them. I do not recommend submitting two projects and assuming that the jurors will select one over the other.

In most cases, I recommend submitting only one project, and using the large number of images allowed to make the best possible case for supporting it.

Thank you.


Inge Morath Foundation

by John Jacob | 06 Feb 2009 15:02 (ed. Feb 6 2009) | New York, United States | | Report spam→

I’m bumping this to the top of the list as a reminder to all that the deadline for submissions is April 30th.

Please reply to this thread if you have any questions.


Inge Morath Foundation

by John Jacob | 07 Apr 2009 13:04 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Is it possible to submit with a project that have already been supported economically by a (Norwegian) foundation? I already spent this money for the first part of the project, and now I want to continue the work. Of course I own the rights etc to it.

Thanks for answering!


by [former member] | 23 Apr 2009 12:04 | Qaanaaq, Greenland | | Report spam→
Hi Andrea,

Thank you for your interest in the Award. Yes, you may submit a project that has already received support elsewhere.

It may be a good idea to check with the organization that already supported your project to ensure that its requirements, which you’ve already agreed to, are consistent with Magnum’s, which you would need to agree to if selected for the Award. Magnum’s requirements are listed above under “Fine Print.”

Best from


by John Jacob | 23 Apr 2009 13:04 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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Emine Gozde Sevim, Emine Gozde Sevim
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John Jacob, Inge Morath Fndtn. John Jacob
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New York , United States
Wendy Marijnissen, Photographer Wendy Marijnissen
Antwerpen , Belgium
Alice Smeets, Photojournalist Alice Smeets
Eupen , Belgium


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