PDN Photo District News


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.


Submit Your Pictures for Your Chance to Win


image © Eugenijus Barzdžius

Student photographers, listen up for a chance to have your work seen and selected by top industry experts. PDN’s Photo Annual is our biggest opportunity of the year, featuring valuable prizes and industry recognition for both professionals and students. 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, presented during a ceremony at the PDN Photo Annual party in New York. Last year’s award was presented to Eugenijus “Giena” Barzdžius, for his documentary series on elderly people who overtook state-owned land in Lithuania. To see more of this work and for an overview of last year’s student winners, click here for the 2013 Winners’

Additionally, each contest winner receives an invite to our exclusive Photo Annual party and gets his or her work published in June’s PDN Photo Annual issue. Students get a discounted entry fee of $25 for up to six images, with no limit to the number of entries you can submit. For your chance to win, drop what your books, register here and upload your best pictures before the January 29 deadline.


Escape the Cold on January 15 with YPA Mentoring Exhibit


© Chase Guttman, New York 2 mentoring team

In summer 2013, the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) mentoring program paired 76 college-age photo students with 33 professional photography mentors in 19 teams throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, India and United Kingdom. From June through August, teams met regularly to discuss the common theme “Escape” and review work from individual mentee projects.

The resulting images and project statements will debut in an exhibition at New York’s Calumet Gallery, 22 W. 22nd Street, 2nd floor, on Wednesday, January 15, with an opening reception from 5 to 9 pm. Winners of three “best of” category awards – best overall mentee, best single image and best team – will be announced at the reception. A suggested donation of $20, to support next year’s programming, can be made at the door or in advance.

Creative energy and a dose of friendly competition fueled a collaborative approach within each team, allowing both mentees and mentors to mutually benefit from the experience. Many of the mentees and mentors will be present at the reception, so come connect with this dynamic community while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

YPA Escape Postcard

© Jennifer Lourie Tapp, Los Angeles mentoring team



Student Photographers, Show Off Your Best Shots!

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Now that you’ve organized all your fall semester images for final reviews, it’s a perfect time to show off your best shots in PDNedu‘s eleventh annual student photo contest. We’ve got an incredible prize package for winning entries in our seven contest categories and a great line up of judges reviewing the work.

Students can submit a single photo or a series of up to six images per entry, with no limit to the number of entries submitted; however, all submissions must be made by students currently enrolled in college or high school. Online entries only.

All submissions received by Friday, December 21 cost just $12 an entry. If you’re an educator looking to submit on behalf of your class, e-mail info@pdncontests.com for special group‐rate deals.

The selection of gear for grand-prize winners includes a Nikon digital camera, a B&H gift card and Canson Discovery Pack from our generous sponsors. All winners and honorable mentions will also receive a one-year subscription to PDN®.

Another coveted prize for Grand-Prize winners is a portfolio consultation with a PDN editor, one of our contest judges or with Dennis Keeley, chair of Photography and Imaging at Art Center College of Design for the Pre-college category winner.

Additionally, the images of Grand-Prize winners and selected honorable mentions will be featured in PDNedu‘s spring 2014 print issue, in the digital edition and on the PDNedu contest Web site. The work of select People’s Choice winners will also be featured on our PDNedu Contest Gallery.


STEVEN J. BLISS, Dean, School of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

PETER DENNEN, Photo Consultant, Pedro and Jackie, Portland, Maine

JON JONES, Director of Photography, the Sunday Times magazine, London, United Kingdom

DENNIS KEELEY, chair of photography and imaging: Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

ARAM KIM, Publisher, BLINK magazine, Seoul, South Korea

ELIZABETH LAPP, Marketing Curator, Shutterstock, New York, New York


FASHION/PORTRAITURE: From glamour to grunge, show us some style; self-portraits welcome.

DOCUMENTARY/PHOTOJOURNALISM: Budding reporters, hit the beat. Both the front lines and the back rooms count, with plenty of room for the in-between. Show us the issues, people and events in your periphery.

STILL LIFE: Evoke the aroma in a steaming cup of joe or send us the best from your studio lighting setups—if it’s stationary, it counts.

TRAVEL/LANDSCAPE: From your summer fling in Paris to your hiking trip to Machu Picchu, or simply hanging out in the hood or your favorite day at the beach—we want to see where you’ve been.

FINE ART/PERSONAL WORK: Your chance to get creative and conceptual—the offbeat, unique and beautiful work that doesn’t fit in the above categories.

PRECOLLEGE—ANY SUBJECT: If you’re a high school student and a budding shutterbug, show us your shots from any of the above categories and prove that you’ve got what it takes. Don’t worry, you’ll be judged against your peers.

MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO: Budding directors, get moving and submit your best clips—the sky’s the limit—up to 20 minutes in length or 100 MB file size.

For an overview of past winners, click here to view the 2013 Winners’ Gallery. Keep tabs on 2014 contest submissions by checking the latest entries link then register here and upload your best work for a head start on success in 2014!