Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Offers New Documentary Award

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The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant program. Their call for 2016 entries is now open for both documentary photography and short film submissions. The foundation seeks outstanding entries focusing on the lives and populations ravaged by human suffering and unrest, forgotten communities, exploited lands and people, on communities ravaged by war, poverty, famine, disease, and the exploitation of global resources. One winning submission in each category will be selected by a jury. The foundation awards a $5000 grant for the production or completion of a documentary photography project, and a $5000 prize for a social documentary film. 2016 entries must be received by March 31, 2016. Learn more and apply at About the Foundation The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Organization committed to positive social discourse in underrepresented communities throughout the world by…

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The Photography Master Retreat Now Accepting Applications

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The only Retreat of its kind, The Photography Master Retreat is a unique one-week professional retreat with four renowned mentors in the south of France which takes place every year in July after Les Rencontres d’Arles. It is designed for professional or aspiring professional photographers in any genre – fine art, conceptual, or documentary – who are passionate about their existing work and committed about taking it to the next level. Four internationally acclaimed mentors will guide, advise and inspire 16 participants. Not so much a shooting trip but a rare chance to pause and reflect, it is a career-enhancing opportunity for professional critique and artistic introspection. The Photography Master Retreat 2016 will be held from Saturday July 9 to 16, 2016. Photographers are invited to submit an application and 16 participants will be selected by the mentors. Applications are due December 1, 2015. For more information, please visit

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Help Support The Alexia Foundation’s Next Big Initiative

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This fall, the Alexia Foundation is starting an important new initiative to further the ability of photojournalists to help bring important issues to the forefront. The Alexia Foundation is creating the first of many one-day workshops entitled, Photography: Agent for Change. With a variety of world-renowned experts, including grantees Ami Vitale and Tim Matsui, National Geographic’s Whitney Johnson, Getty Images’ Aidan Sullivan, ICP’s Fred Ritchin and many others, will help attendees understand how to make the greatest possible impact with their work. This day of immersive learning will empower many more photographers and stir even more vital social change. Please help support photography: Agent For Change Picture credit: From Alexia 2015 Student Winner Michael Santiago's project "Stolen Land, Stolen Future" on African-American farmers. Ms. Shirley's brother “Peewee” has also farmed all his life. He comes up to help and usually spends a couple of weeks helping out. Michael Santiago/Alexia Foundation

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2015 MacArthur Fellows Includes Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier

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Recognizing 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future, the Foundation today named the 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions. "These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways," said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. "Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all." Included in the class of 2015 is photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier who also received the ICP Infinity Award last year in the publication category. LaToya Ruby Frazier’s body of work “The Notion of Family” examines the impact of the steel industry and health care system on the community of Braddock. She uses portraits of her mother, grandmother and herself as symbols…

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Winners of IAFOR Documentary Photography Award Announced

As a proud sponsor of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award we are pleased to present this year's winners: Hosam Katan (Grand Prize), Yasmin Balai (2nd Place), and Romain Champalaune (3rd Place).  The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is a new international photography award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The Award is supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – Asia’s Think Tank – and builds off of the strength of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award, now in its fourth year. The theme for 2015 is "Power." Photography can have the power to manipulate memories, encourage thought and stimulate emotion, it also has the power to do these things across languages and cultures. The skilled photographer must hold power over their camera and manipulate the power dynamic between photographer and subject. Pointing a camera at someone can be seen as an act of power in itself. This year's winners explore "Power" from a variety of…

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