Strategies for Photographers: Thoughts On How To Apply For Fellowships and Other Competitions

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Aperture Foundation are hosting a panel on Strategies for Photographers: Thoughts On How To Apply For Fellowships and Other Competitions this coming Monday.

Strategies for Photographers: Thoughts On How To Apply For Fellowships and Other Competitions
Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Aperture Foundation
547 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10011

Event open to the public.

About the Event

One of the ways photographers are able to sustain careers is through grants and fellowships. For over 30 years the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography has been one of the most prestigious.

The panel brings together some Smith Fund Board members to share their experiences judging competitions ranging from Smith to World Press Photo, World Photo Organization, Getty Images, PDN, Le Journal de la Photographie and American Photography to name a few. This is a unique opportunity to gain some insight into what takes place in the judging room and for photographers seeking advice.

Participants will include current Smith Board members David Friend (Vanity Fair) W.M. Hunt (Dancing Bear), Marcel Saba (Redux Pictures), and Lauren Wendle (PDN), all of whom have served as head jurors.

This panel is free and open to the public and will follow an afternoon press conference announcing the call for entries for the 2013 Smith Fund Fellowship.
Past recipients of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund represent a “Who’s Who” of 20th Century documentary photography in the humanistic tradition of Smith. Recent W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund recipients include 2012: Peter von Agtmael, 2011: Krisanne Johnson, 2010: Darcy Padilla, 2009: Lu Guang, 2008: Mikhael Subotzky, 2007: Stephen Dupont, 2006: Paolo Pellegrin, and 2005: Pep Bonet.

Chronologically, earlier fellows range from Jane Evelyn Atwood, Eugene Richards, Sebastio Salgado, Milton Rogovin, Gilles Peress, Donna Ferrato, Letizia Battaglia, John VInk, Graciela Iturbide, Paul Graham, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Carl de Keyzer, Dario Mitideri, Eli Reed, Marc Asnin, James Nachtwey, Ellen Binder, Vladimir Syomin, Gideon Mendel, Alain Keler, Ernesto Bazan, Chien-Chi Chang, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Maya Goded, Kai Widenhofer, Trent Parke, to Stanley Greene through to Peter van Agtmael.

For more information visit Entries for this year’s competition are due by the end of May.

About the Grants

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography was established in 1979 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. Today, the grant represents the most prestigious honor in the field of documentary photography.

The Howard Chapnick Grant encourages and supports professionals working in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism. Applicants may be engaged in research, editing, education, or similar endeavors; the grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs. Special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change or serve significant concerns within the field.

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