Blue Earth Alliance Project Support

The Blue Earth Alliance supports visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues. Award amounts vary by project.

The Africa-China Reporting Project Grants

The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project) at Wits Journalism facilitates journalists to investigate complex dynamics and uncover untold stories, with an emphasis on on-the-ground impact and perspectives to illustrate how the lives of the people of Africa are changing amid the comprehensive phenomenon of Africa-China interactions. It invites journalists to submit proposals on this topic for grants of up to US$1,500. Learn more here.

The Aftermath Project

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to telling 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. The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict.

The Alexia Grants

The Alexia Grants provide grants and scholarships to photojournalists, enabling them to create work that gives voice to those who go unheard, fosters cultural understanding and exposes social injustice. It annually provides a $20,000 grant for a professional photographer to produce a substantial story. The Alexia Grants also provide grants and scholarships for six students. Students must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. Photographers from anywhere in the world are eligible.

The Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship Award

The Alicia Patterson Fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are full-time print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work full-time for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. The aim of the award is to improve the quality of U.S. print journalism.

American Illustrator-American Photography

American Illustrator-American Photography are juried showcases for established, emerging and student illustrators and photographers. The award annuals offer high visibility and recognition where it matters most. Winners are published in a large-format, luxurious, hardcover, showcasing  work that’s ahead of its time.

The AI-AP books, published annually in November, are the first go-to resourses for art directors, designers, photo editors and art buyers who insist on assigning only the best original, thoughtful and compelling pictures.

Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

The Anja Niedringhaus Award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus. The award celebrates the courage of women photojournalists who capture conflict and crisis while sharing moments of humanity.

The Biennial Grant

The Biennial Grant has been conceived to fund and support photographers working on a documentary or fine art projects. Applications are open every two years, and it is aimed to fund photography project expenses with a grant amount of $12,000.

APA / Lucie Foundation Scholarship

The APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship awards one grant of $5,000 to a professional photographer beginning a new project idea, or for a work in progress of a specific series.

Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition

The Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition seeks to illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. It is hosted by the California Academy of Sciences.

Camille Lepage Award

The Association named Camille Lepage – On est ensemble was founded on September 20, 2014, only months after the death of Camille Lepage while reporting in the Central African Republic. The Association commemorates Camille, her work and commitment.

For the fifth time, the collecting society la Saif is supporting the award which provides backing and encouragement for a photojournalist committed to a long-term project. The award is in the amount of €8,000. Learn more and apply here.

Canon Female Photojournalist Award

The Canon Female Photojournalist Award is an annual prize for women photojournalists. Women photojournalists worldwide are welcome to enter the competition, for which there is no age limit. The 8,000-euro award enables the winners to finance their projects and have their work exhibited at the festival in Perpignan and later in Paris at the Cosmos Galery. I’m grateful to have been a former recipient.

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award

In addition to an award of 50,000 euros, the Carmignac Gestion Foundation supports the winner after completion of the project by financing an exhibition and a monograph. The Foundation also commits to buying four photographs from the work produced. In offering this award, the Carmignac Gestion Foundation aims to support photojournalists who find themselves working on the front-line of different situations. In choosing to support this profession which is critically underfunded, Carmignac Gestion wishes to provide these key witnesses of the contemporary world with the means to go where others don’t.

CatchLight Fellowship

The CatchLight Fellowship is $30,000 each to be awarded annually to three creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues.

CatchLight’s Behind the Lens series

CatchLight’s Behind the Lens series is primarily interested in longer term projects that show a unique and personal approach from the visual storyteller’s perspective. Selection will be determined on the basis of existing work. This opportunity is not an assignment. In addition to highlighting timely, important work on their Instagram feed, this series provides their audiences and community with behind-the-scenes insights into the visual storytelling process. In response to the current economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, on the mostly freelance field of visual storytelling, we are increasing our standard rate to $450 USD for the next several months. Learn more here.

CDS Filmmaker Award

The $7,500 annual CDS Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary films that combine originality and creativity with firsthand experience in examining central issues of contemporary life and culture. In keeping with the CDS mission, the award was created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change.

Center: The Project Development Grant

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. This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published.

Center: The Project Launch

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.

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant & Project Development Grant

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant is awarded to talented photographers working with a fine art series or a documentary project. The grant includes a $5,000 cash award and a featured exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, a Lenscratch publication and more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Photographers from PhotoShelter

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread in 2020, PhotoShelter compiled the following list of resources for photographers.

Courage in Journalism Awards

The Courage in Journalism Awards from the IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation) show people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. It honors the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths. Nominate a woman today.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Dig in here.

Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize

The Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor 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. The winner receives $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists focusing on human rights and social justice reporting. The eight-month fellowship combines research at MIT with journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Epson International Pano Awards

The Epson International Pano Awards is the largest panoramic photography competition in the world. The total prize pool is worth $50,000.

Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards

The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards is an international photography competition for up-and-coming image makers. Photographers of all disciplines are invited to submit up to five images in any genre.

FotoEvidence Book Award

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.

Fotovisura Grant

FotoVisura aims to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant recognizes photographers as judged by their images, story, dedication and commitment of the photographer to the story or concept.

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student Study/Research grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

Getty Images Creative Grants

Getty Images Creative Grants program recognizes, celebrates and supports emerging and established photographic, illustrative, and creative talent.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Getty Images believes that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. Five journalists will be chosen to receive grants of $10,000, intended to provide the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. One Editorial Grant recipient will be chosen for the David Laidler Memorial Award.

HCB Award

The Henri Cartier-Bresson Award is open to photographers with “an approach close to that of documentary” and the £35,000 is awarded every other year.

Ian Parry Scholarship

The Ian Parry Scholarship Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years of age. Aidan Sullivan, then picture editor, and Ian’s friends and family created the Ian Parry Scholarship in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. Each year they hold an international photographic competition for young photographers who are either attending a full-time photographic course or are under 24.

The Ian Parry Scholarship is divided into two categories: The Sunday Times Award for Achievement and The Canon Award for Potential. Each winner will receive $3,500 for their chosen project, as well as mentorship and other forms of professional support. The 2020 Deadline is July 9. Go to for more details.

Inge Morath Award

The annual Inge Morath Award is a $5000 prize given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project.

The International Academic Forum Documentary Photography Award

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award promotes and assists in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The contest is free to enter and the £1000 award is judged by a panel of leading professionals in documentary photography and photojournalism.

International Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need. Learn more here.

International Women’s Media Foundation Reporting Initiatives

The IWMF is the only global organization built to serve the holistic needs of women and nonbinary journalists. They are a bold and inclusive organization that supports journalists where they are with awards, reporting opportunities, fellowships, grants, safety training and emergency aid. As one of the largest supporters of women-produced journalism, our transformative work strengthens equal opportunity and press freedom worldwide.

Istanbul Photo Awards

The Andalou Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards accepts single and story entries in news and sports categories. Prizes include $8,000 to the winner in each category.

IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

The International Women’s Media Foundation will award $2.3 million to women journalists over the next 10 years through a gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation that seeks to empower women around the world working in the media.

Kuala Lampur International Photo Awards

The Kuala Lampur International Photo Awards is a portraiture-only competition with themed and open categories and it open to photographers of all experience levels.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award is for professional photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form. The winner of the “Leica Oskar Barnack Award” receives a Leica M camera and a lens worth 10,000 Euros in addition to a cash prize of 10,000 Euros.

Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program

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. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility. Submissions are reviewed regularly throughout the year.

Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship

The Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship provides a grant of $2,500 for an emerging or student photographer, working on a portfolio or specific body of work.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Documentary Photography Grant

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation calls for project proposals along with portfolios to highlight human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress. The foundation will award a $5,000 grant to the winning documentary/reporting project proposal.

National Geographic Early Career Grant

The National Geographic Explorer Grants are separated into two levels: Level 1 is for individuals earlier in their career, and Level 2 is for those who are more established in their field. The grants fund individuals working on projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, and technology that align with one or more of National Geographic’s focus areas. In addition to providing project funds, the NG Society will actively seek to help recipients network, connect, and learn with National Geographic and each other, empower them with cutting-edge tools, technology, and training, and further their impact and recognition through the society’s storytelling.

Nikon Photo Contest

Nikon has an incredible opportunity and I am honored to have been a judge. The Nikon Photo Contest nurtures an aspirational community that supports photographers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through photography. Get your entries ready and watch the Nikon Photo Contest website for more information about this year’s contest.

Open Society Documentary Photography Project

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project offers grants for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. The fund awards approximately ten cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 USD each to photographers to produce a photo essay on a critical human rights or social issue in the region. Along with the stipend, successful applicants will receive two master-level workshops on visual storytelling through photography and multimedia. Watch the Open Society website for information about the next round.

NPPF Student Scholarships

The National Press Photographers Foundation scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. These awards are directed toward those studying full-time or returning to college.

Open Society Fellowship

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges to enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

Philip Jones Griffiths Award

The Philip Jones Griffiths Award, named in honor of the renowned photojournalist, aims to help a journalist complete a body of work related to issues of social and political importance

Photographic Museum of Humanity

The Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant is an international contest with the aim to finance talented photographers and discover new talents. A total of $4,000 will be awarded.

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris

The Prix de la Photographie Paris strives to promote an appreciation of photography, discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Entries are accepted in six categories.

RFK Journalism Awards

Drawing from both national and international candidate pools, the RFK Journalism Awards recognize writing in the public interest on the issues of poverty, political inclusion, and justice. The twelve award categories honor exceptional works of journalism and social critique in many forms including documentary film, photography, radio, and cartoons.

Rory Peck Training Fund

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. The Trust works with five approved course providers. You must take your training with one of them, but it is up to you which one.

Rory Peck Trust Assistance Grants

Rory Peck Trust offers individual grants to freelance newsgatherers and/or their families who find themselves in a critical situation. This includes freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned or injured, forced into hiding or exile, or killed.

The Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Competition

The Society of Environmental Journalists offers more than $17,500 in cash prizes are available in their annual awards which recognize the best environmental reporting of the last year. Enter your best stories on environment, energy, business, agriculture, or other related issues published from March 1 of the previous year through the end of Feb or the competition year. Deadline: Early April.

Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards is open to photographers at every experience level and offers $30,000 in annual cash prizes and Sony equipment. Photographers are invited to submit a single shot or photo series.

Soros Justice Fellowships

The Soros Justice Fellowships Program’s Media Fellowships is for individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important U.S. criminal justice issues. Deadline is in October. Watch the Open Society website for the next round.

Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The Tim Hetherington Fellowship is an annual grant awarded to a photographer to finalize a project on a human rights theme. It is open to professional photographers who have participated in a recent World Press Photo Contest. Applications are accepted in October every year.

Travel Photographer of the Year

The Travel Photographer of the Year contest is “by photographers, for photographers” and seeks entries from around the world. Winning photographs are printed in TPOY books, displayed at the Museum of London Dockland and in traveling exhibits.

VSCO Artist Initiative

VSCO has created a $1,000,000 grant to provide photographers with funds to pursue their creative visions. Applicants must be VSCO members.

The W. Eugene Smith Fund

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.

The W. Eugene Smith Howard Chapnick Grant

The Howard Chapnick Grant was developed to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition includes a major exhibition at the National History Museum in Britain. There are 17 categories covering all manner of wildlife photography.