Media Grants, Competitions and Workshops


The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict.

Aaron Siskind Foundation: The Individual Photographer’s Fellowship program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary American photography.

Alexia Foundation: Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change and promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice

Anthropographia: This competition, which is free to all, offers an opportunity for photographers to exhibit their work and demonstrate their commitment to human rights issues.

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year : This competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film.

Blue Earth Alliance Photographic Project Sponsorship: Blue Earth sponsors photographic projects whose goal is to educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, or current topics of social concern.

Burn Magazine 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.

Canon AFJ Award: The Association des Femmes Journalistes and Canon France, in partnership with the international Visa pour l’Image festival, and with the support of Figaro Magazine, award an annual prize for women photojournalists.

Center (formerly known at the Santa Fe Center for Photography) aims to help photographers identify their creative goals and accomplish them through feedback, support and opportunities.

Center for Fine Art Photography promotes the art of photography by supporting the growth of creative artists through exhibitions and educational programs.

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.

EnFoco‘s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting several U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a free, national call for entries.

Freedom to Create: Artists or groups whose work promotes social justice, builds the foundations for an open society or inspires the human spirit are invited to submit an entry into the Freedom to Create prize categories.

Focus for Humanity aims to provide financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers who capture these stories of our shared humanity and to help fund their work with NGOs.

FotoEvidence Book Award: Every year the FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a photo project documenting evidence of a violation of human rights. The selected project will be published as part of a FotoEvidence series of photo books dedicated to pay tribute to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver painful truths, creating an awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

Inge Morath Award: The annual award is given to a female photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project.

Getty Images offers Grants for Editorial Photography as well as Grants for Good, which support photographers working with nonprofit organizations.

LUCEO Student Project Award: Central to LUCEO’s mission is their belief in the importance of long-term projects. They also understand that developing photographers need support. To advance both of these causes, LUCEO has created the LUCEO Student Project Award, which will be disbursed annually to a talented student photographer in support of a significant and developing body of work.

Magnum Expression Award was established by Magnum Photos in an effort to raise awareness and inspire change through photography.

Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund supports experienced photographers with a commitment to documenting social issues, working long-term, and engaging with an issue over time. Projects address critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon.

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film offers a $5,000 grant to photographers focusing on lives and populations ravaged by war, famine, poverty, religious persecution, political oppression, forced migration, and other social injustices. The grant will be utilized for the production or completion of a social documentary project.

The National Press Photographers Association offers a variety of grants and competitions for visual journalists.

Open Society Foundations awards grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year. Through the Audience Engagement Grant and the group exhibition Moving Walls, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project supports photography to engage and mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights. OSF also offers the OPENPhoto awards for photographers based in Africa.

The Photocrati Fund offers a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to undertake an environmental or humanitarian photography project. At the completion of the project, the grant winner’s images will be displayed as a photo essay on

Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Association will award a grant to a photographer to produce a story that must be told which is not supported from within the media.

POYi International Awards: Pictures of the Year International offers an annual competition for photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. POYi is administered by the Missouri School of Journalism.

Project Exposure is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding and promoting photography projects around the globe through grant making and public outreach initiatives.

The Puffin Foundation has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

The Pulitzer Center provides travel grants to journalists for international reporting projects that focus on under-reported systemic crises, produced for distribution in US news media outlets.

The Royal Photographic Society offers a number of grants and student/photographer bursaries for projects.

TPW – Alexandra Boulat Scholarship: In honor of the memory of Alexandra Boulat, this scholarship allows attendance at a workshop in Tuscany for free (room and board not included) and work under the guidance of master photographers.

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.

Women in Photography: Women in Photography and LTI/Lightside Photographic Services established the Individual Project Grant in 2008 to help support international female artists.

World Photography Organisation: The Open competition seeks the true amateur – the lover of photography – to enter a single image, capturing that perfect moment. All ages and levels of expertise are welcomed in this competition where image is everything and imagination is the only necessary ingredient.


Mountain Workshop from WKU

Missouri Photo Workshop

Santa Fe Workshops

Maine Media Workshops

Media Storm Workshops

NPPA Emersion Workshop

Look3 Master Classes

California Arts Council
Call for Entry
Cranbrook Academy of Art Library
Humble Arts Foundation New York
New York Foundation for the Arts National Database of Grants
The Foundation Center


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