Hello photographer! Here is an amazing list of international photography grants and fellowships aimed at professional photographers and photography students from all around the world. (We also have a huge list of international photography awards and photobook publishers!).
For each grant, we only indicate the submission period and not the exact dates to keep the list year-independent. But we have your back covered: signing up to our weekly newsletter, you will receive a reminder of grants, awards and open calls for photographers on a weekly basis, straight into your inbox!
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Enjoy the list!
Submission period: October – January. The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.
Submission period: July – January and January – July. Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects whose goal is to educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums.
Submission period: November – January. The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice.
Submission period: December – January. The Project Launch is presented to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.
Submission period: January – February. The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the works final stages.
Submission period: November – February. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support professionals and emerging talent who progress the art form of still photography through original subject matter, content, or processes. Our support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory.
Submission period: December – February. PMH 2014 Grant is an important occasion to see your work recognized by an outstanding jury in front of an international public. It is a great moment to gain visibility and create yourself new opportunities.
Submission period: November – March. We invite documentary photographers around the globe to submit their documentary photo project proposals highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, povery, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.
Submission period: February – April. Crusade for Art aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. By inspiring, mentoring, teaching, and funding, Crusade for Art will empower artists to focus on creating demand for art and thereby encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons, and collectors.
Submission period: February – April . The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.
Submission period: February – April. The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) believes that photography is a powerful tool for marine conservation. We seek emerging conservation, wildlife and environmental photographers with a passion for marine subjects to apply for an unprecedented annual photography grant. SOSF has set aside US$40,000 to invest directly in marine conservation photographers of the future.
Submission period: March – May. The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense.
Submission period: February – May. The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taloyr Prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor.
Submission period: March – May. The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.
Submission period: April – May. We believe that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. That is why we continue to offer the Grants for Editorial photography, to help photojournalists pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.
Submission period: April – May. Each year, to complement our Grants for Editorial Photography, we offer an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through our Emerging Talent Award.
Submission period: April – May. Getty Images proudly supports photographers, filmmakers and communications professionals who use their talents to promote positive change in our world. The Getty Images Creative Grants help these creative visionaries as they work together to create new, compelling imagery or video for a nonprofit organization of their choice.
Submission period: April – May. The Imagely Fund offers a $5000 grant to a photographer to help fund one humanitarian or environmental photography project each grant cycle. Our goal is to provide support for projects that will have a tangible and positive impact on the world.
Submission period: April – June. Unlike the first Women’s Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is intended to permit the photographer to propose a serious documentary photographic or multimedia project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.
Submission period: May – July. The Emerging Photographer Grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.
Submission period: June – July. The Howard Chapnick Grant was established to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management.
Submission period: June – July. Each year we hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.
Submission period: October – July. Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist in conjunction with the Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month.
Submission period: June – August. The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project.
Submission period: March – August. Our grant is open for submissions without any fees (Free to Enter) to support all photographers from every corner of the world. We only accept series of photographs which share a common theme and are built as a one consistent project in the following categories: City, Fine Art, Outdoor, Story, People. We do believe that it will help a photographer to proceed and complete his project. The Grand Prize winner and finalists will be selected by the most respected names in photographic world.
Submission period: March – September. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support professionals and emerging talent who progress the art form of still photography through original subject matter, content, or processes. Our support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory.
Submission period: July – September. Created in 2009, by the Carmignac Gestion Foundation, Carmignac Gestion photojournalism Award invites documentary photographers and photojournalists from around the world to submit a long-term reportage on a particular theme.
Submission period: August – October. This juried competition identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.
Submission period: September – October. The grant is open to professional photographers who have participated in a recent World Press Photo Contest and applications are accepted in October every year. The grant celebrates the legacy of photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed when a group of journalists came under fire during fighting between rebels and General Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata, Libya in April 2011.
Submission period: August – November. We know that 1000 Euros will not enable you to go and shoot the aborigines in Papua Guinea but we do believe that it will help a photographer to proceed with and, hopefully, complete an ongoing work. We are fully aware of the costs that photographers have to face on a daily basis so we at Gomma have decided to light up our own Karmic balance and had come up with a new grant for photographers.
Submission period: October – December. This is a significant grant given annually for a working photographer to undertake a paid assignment with an NGO of their choice.
Submission period: October – December. The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission.
Submission period: submission accepted on a rolling basis. The VSCO® Artist Initiative is a $1,000,000USD grant and movement of solidarity that provides artists the resources to pursue their creative vision. The Initiative honors art and artist by discovering, funding, advising, and promoting creatives from all corners of the globe.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS) established in 2009 an ongoing juried, international photography contest that encourages artists eighteen years and older to submit their own new work, which has not been previously published or exhibited.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. Using our global network, we will be supporting the publicizing of photographers and their works, your photographic presentation or campaign, or your book launch. Any alternative proposal on photography for the best use for this gallery space is welcome – but all proposals will be reviewed and only successful proposal will receive this grant.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. Our assistance grants are modest but they are targeted so that they meet the specific needs of the freelancer or family. Amounts and target areas vary according to the particular circumstances of the applicant but examples include medical and rehabilitation costs, emergency subsistence, legal advice, and relocation costs. Our aim is to help grantees overcome a crisis and, where possible, resume work.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelancers. Since its launch in 2000, the Fund has given over 500 bursaries to freelance journalists, photographers, cameramen and filmmakers, enabling them to gain the vital skills and knowledge needed for work in hostile environments.
Submission period: multiple call for entries per year, and with varying dates – check website for details. TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.