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Ian Parry Scholarship Supports Outstanding Student Work

Book  2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the Ian Parry Scholarship. This coveted prize could become the opportunity of a lifetime for a current full-time photography student or an emerging photographer under 24 years of age who submits a compelling selection of images and a synopsis for a proposed assignment before the July 7 deadline.

Widely recognized as one of the most important awards available for aspiring documentary photographers and visual journalists, the scholarship was initiated by renowned photo editor Aidan Sullivan, currently vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, UK, in memory of his colleague Parry, a young photojournalist killed while on assignment for the Sunday Times during the 1989 Romanian Revolution.

The scholarship winner will receive a monetary award of £3,500 ($5,930) to put towards the completion of the proposed assignment. In addition, the winner will receive camera gear, representation from Reportage by Getty Images as part of their Emerging Talent group and addition to the list of nominees to be selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass, conducted by World Press Photo.

Several commended photographers will also receive a monetary award of £500 ($847). All finalists will be published in the Sunday Times Magazine, have their work exhibited at Downstairs at MOTHER in London and be considered for an assignment from Save the Children.

Says Sullivan of the award, “The Ian Parry Scholarship is not an event where you get a shiny trophy, a cheque, a handshake and then a fond farewell. This is a community comprising of all of the friends of Ian, the majority of who never knew him but have all become part of his legacy.”

Past scholarship winners include Farzana Hossen (2013), Adrian Fussell (2012), Rasel Chowdhury (2011), Sebastian Liste (2010), Maisie Crow (2009), Jonas Bendicksen (2002), Marcus Bleasdale (2000) and Simon Roberts (1998).

All applicants must submit a portfolio of 12 captioned images from the past year and a detailed written proposal of a project to be undertaken if selected for the scholarship. Full details for uploading images to the scholarship Web site are available here.


Get in Our Face with Your Best Portrait Work!



Image © Adam Crowley, 2013 Faces contest winner

We’re looking for a few good Faces to feature in PDN‘s September issue, as the winning entrants in our latest portrait competition! We’ve extended the deadline to June 13, so you still have time to submit your best work for a chance to win the grand prize of an iPad Air, a $575 credit to the Santa Fe Workshops, a $500 Adorama gift card, a digital camera and a one-page profile in PDN‘s October issue. First place winners in our five categories of Animal Portraits, Celebrities, Babies/Children, Commercial/Editorial/Assignment and Personal Work will receive a digital camera, a $100 Adorama gift card, a Photoserve portfolio and a one-year subscription to PDN. All winners’ work is featured on an extended online contest gallery. View the work from our 2013 Faces winners here, then click here to register and get your work in our face!


Apply Now for a Career Changing Weekend

EAW_Poster_CropThe coming of May signals the final countdown to apply for a coveted spot among 100 top photo students and emerging professionals picked for the 2014 Eddie Adams Workshop. This tuition-free, four-day workshop is one of the most prestigious photo education and networking events in our field. Attendees, who are selected based on the merits of their submitted images, get a rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from 150 of the best photo editors, producers and photojournalists in the business. The annual mid-October gathering at Adams’s bucolic upstate New York farm is a career-changing weekend, packed with shooting, editing, lectures and panel discussions from before dawn to well past midnight, when attendees have the opportunity for one-on-one time with editors during the 11:30 Club portfolio reviews. In spring 2014, PDNedu featured stories on 2013 Workshop attendees Maddie Meyer and Supranav Dash after discovering them through the workshop. To be considered for a spot on this year’s roster, apply online before May 31. And for a comprehensive view of the workshop experience, follow them on Facebook and download the cool new Eddie Adams Workshop app.


Concerned Photographers, Listen Up


The 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is currently accepting submissions by photographers whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition and dedicated compassion of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography. Now in its 35th year, the Smith Award was established in 1978 in honor of the legendary American photo essayist. Recent grant recipients include Robin Hammond, Peter van Agtmael, Krisanne Johnson, Darcy Padilla and Lu Guang.

The 2014 award winner, as judged by a three-member international jury, will receive $30,000 to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more $5,000 fellowships will be awarded to photographers whom the judges feel represent exemplary efforts in humanistic photography. A $50 application fee is required of all projects submitted for the Smith Award. Online entries containing up to 40 images must be received by May 31, 2014.

A second award, the Howard Chapnick Grant, was established in 1996 for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The deadline for this $5,000 award is July 15.

“The Smith Fund has supported dozens of world-class photographers who have created bodies of work that illustrate the human condition and provide a voice for those who cannot provide one for themselves,” explains Marcel Saba, president of the Smith Fund board of trustees.”

Grant recipients will be announced at a public ceremony in New York City during the month of October. To learn more and apply for each award, click here.


Photo Group / PDN Summer Internships


The Emerald Expositions Photo Group, parent company of Photo District News, PDNedu and Rangefinder magazines, PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI photography trade shows, Web sites such as Photoserve and Shutterlove among other custom media properties, is looking for summer interns to assist in editorial, marketing and sales capacities.  These positions offer an opportunity to learn all aspects of editorial production and marketing for the magazines, Web sites, trade shows, custom publishing and event projects. Help editors in researching, proofreading, fact-checking, reporting and writing about news from all aspects of the professional photography world. Other tasks may include researching and writing blog posts, proofing magazine layouts and attending editorial meetings. Interest in photography is appreciated, but not required. Experience with HTML and content management systems a plus.

These are paid internships with a full time schedule of four days a week for seven weeks in June and July, and offers a unique opportunity to experience the Emerald Expo Photo Group culture and team while enhancing your professional and personal skills. Position is located at our 85 Broad Street office. No relocation or housing assistance is provided. All applicants must be currently enrolled in school or a graduating senior to qualify.For consideration, please send a resume and short cover letter explaining your interest in magazines, online publishing and/or photography to jill.waterman@emeraldexpo.com.



Your Chance to Network with PDN’s 30 Photographers


The first PDN‘s 30 seminar of 2014 will be held next Wednesday, March 26 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues). PDN managing editor Meghan Ahearn will moderate presentations by three PDN’s 30 honorees, Sony Artisan Tony Gale and a noted industry creative for multiple viewpoints on how to get started in the photo industry. Learn how these rising stars and industry pros got to where they are today, including how they got their first jobs and how they structure promotional efforts. Panelists will each share what they learned in school as well as what they wish they’d been taught, for career advice you won’t hear anywhere else. All are welcome at the free panel from 6:30 to 8 pm, then stick around for our networking reception from 8 to 9.

On Your Mark… Get Ready… Go Get PDNedu’s Sports and Adventure issue!


PDNedu‘s Spring 2014 issue has just debuted at the Society for Photographic Education’s 51st national conference, which runs through Saturday, March 8, at the Hilton Baltimore in the scenic Inner Harbor district.

While the conference is a ticketed event, the exhibits fair is open to the public and we’re handing out magazines at booth #13, so if you’re in the Baltimore area this Friday or Saturday, please stop by to say hello and pick up a copy.

In addition to the print issue, check out our online gallery with the winning work and honorable mentions from PDNedu’s eleventh annual student photography contest. Additionally, keep an eye out for PDNedu‘s digital edition—enhanced with streaming videos and hotlinks—which will be going live next week.

PDNedu‘s cover feature on Dustin Snipes and his iconic brand of sports portraiture proves that this One to Watch continues to take each photographic challenge to new heights. After reading the story in print, step behind the scenes in our digital edition to see Snipes in the studio during a shoot with Nascar sprint cup driver Kasey Kahne.

It’s a Living profiles extreme adventure and sports photographer Corey Rich. Read about his steady ascent as a visual storyteller in both motion and stills and watch his remarkable film WHY in our digital edition.

Step X Step features a recap of last fall’s exclusive PDNedu/Nikon Photo Industry Mashup panel discussion, where Ami Vitale, Corey Rich and Jerry Ghionis offered valuable insights about how to maintain a solid presence in a shifting field.

And, in our Business Smarts story Ivory Tower or Job Center Colleen Mullins delves into the framework for the Obama administration’s upcoming College Affordability Plan, which signals high adventure of another sort.

All this and much, much more are packed into the issue, including cost breakdowns for studying, living and working in Salt Lake City, reviews of the latest and greatest in photo gear and a Q&A with Rich Clarkson, legendary director of photography and founder/director of the sports photography agency Clarkson Creative.

For those not in Baltimore, PDNedu’s Sports and Adventure issue is currently shipping to photography programs nationwide. We hope you’ll enjoy it, and, by all means, please let us know what you think!


International Journalism in Valencia, Spain


Are you looking to improve your photography, multimedia and writing skills in an international setting? If so, then look no further than this summer’s international journalism workshop in Valencia, Spain, from July 11 to August 8, 2014. An award-winning faculty—including Jeff Brody, communications professor at California State University, Fullerton; Bruce Strong, Department chair and associate professor at Syracuse University and noted photographer and filmmaker Maisie Crow—are leading this month-long session.

The program will run as a workshop, giving participants intensive experience in producing a range of individual stories and group projects. Mornings will be dedicated to review of and discussion about assignments in the classroom, and afternoons will be spent shooting under the assistance of the professors. Translators will be available to help with language skills and students will get a unique window into Spanish culture and life by boarding with local host families.

Coursework is scheduled from Monday through Thursday, allowing plenty of time from Friday to Sunday to enjoy the nearby Valencia beaches or explore further afield. At the end of the session, class work will be presented on a dedicated Web site.

The program cost is $4,995, plus airfare, and includes tuition (three credits), home stay accommodation with host family (two students per room), all meals with family, travel insurance, welcome and farewell dinners, special Spanish dinner and Flamenco Show, guided tours of the city, paella cooking lesson, aquarium visit, and a choice of optional activities and weekend trips.

College credits are offered through California State University, Fullerton, by enrolling in the course Communications 472, News Media Production. These credits are transferable and may be accepted for journalism elective credit at your university.

The deadline for online application is March 1, with final bills due by March 15. Students are admitted on a rolling basis after a reference check. A $500 deposit is fully refundable until official notice of acceptance. For further details and to sign up, visit the ieiMedia Web site.


Cabin Fever? Enter our Contest!




image © Pari Dukovic

With six more weeks of winter in the forecast, shake off your cabin fever and make good use of your computer time by entering PDN’s Photo Annual. This is our biggest opportunity of the year and offers both professionals and students a chance for industry recognition and valuable prizes. In addition to the regular prizewinners, all student finalists have an added chance to win the Marty Forscher Fellowship, which awards a $1,500 cash prize to one student photographer for outstanding achievements in humanistic photography. Last year’s award, presented during a ceremony at the PDN Photo Annual party, went to Eugenijus “Giena” Barzdžius for his documentary series on elderly people who overtook state-owned land in Lithuania. All contest winners receive an invite to this exclusive party and will have his or her work published in June’s PDN Photo Annual issue. Students also benefit from a discounted entry fee of $35 for up to six images, with no limit to the number of entries you can submit. For an overview of last year’s student winners, click here for the 2013 Winners’
Gallery, then size up your best efforts, register here and upload your masterpieces before our final deadline on February 25.


Seeking Projects Promoting Peace and Understanding



Do you have a story that contributes to world peace and cross-cultural understanding? If so, check out the student category of the 2014 Alexia Foundation Grants, organized by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. But, get your ducks in a row this weekend, as student applications must be received by 2 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, January 27.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography and multimedia projects, however student applicants are encouraged to submit multimedia pieces with their grant applications. Students are also encouraged to submit projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community.

This annual award offers one student winner the opportunity for an all-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism in London during Fall 2014. Additional grants are given for First place, Second place and Award(s) of Excellence at judges’ discretion.

In 2014, one student will be selected for a new award—The Gilka Grant—named in honor of Robert Gilka, the long-time National Geographic director of photography, who passed away in summer 2013. The Gilka Grant will recognize the best project proposal with a multimedia component, so to further support the profession’s development of compelling motion projects. The winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop. Renowned picture editor Stan Kalish  was a longtime colleague and friend of Gilka’s.

Both graduate and undergraduate student applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university degree program at the time of application. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of full-time professional experience is eligible.

There is no entry fee or application form required and all submissions can be uploaded via the Web site. For further details, click here.