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Get Expert Advice on Applying for Fellowships

Posted by on February 27, 2013 | Contests/Events


When considering the many opportunities available to photographers, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is among the most prestigious. For more than 30 years, this highly competitive award has made a huge impact on the careers of winning photographers such as Peter von Agtmael (2012), Krisanne Johnson (2011), Darcy Padilla (2010), Lu Guang (2009), Mikhael Subotzky (2008), Stephen Dupont (2007) and Paolo Pellegrin (2006).

In preparation for the 2013 competition, this coming Monday, March 4, 2013, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Aperture Foundation will team up to host the panel Strategies for Photographers: Thoughts On How To Apply For Fellowships and Other Competitions.

This is a unique opportunity to get expert advice from a number of current Smith Fund board members, who will share their experiences in judging top 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.

Panelists include 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.

Attendees at this free event will gain insight into what takes place in the judging room, how to assemble a submission to impress and, most importantly, the pitfalls to avoid when applying for competitions and grants.

Beginning at 6:30 pm, this panel is free and open to the public and follows an afternoon press conference announcing the opening of the 2013 Smith Fund Fellowship call for submissions. Both events will be held at the Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor.

The deadline for the 2013 Smith Fund competition is Friday, May 31. Click here for more information.