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Howard Chapnick Grant Submissions Accepted until July 15

Posted by on June 4, 2013 | Contests/Events


While the May 31 application deadline for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund may have passed you by, there’s still plenty of time to apply for the Fund’s Howard Chapnick Grant, which supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as education, research, editing and management.

The Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of the legendary Black Star photo agency’s long-time director and to acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography.

The annual $5,000 grant may be put towards financing a variety of qualified undertakings, such as a program of further education, a special long-term sabbatical project, program research or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration is given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended for the production of photographs, which is the purpose of funding for the main Smith Fund Award.

Previous Chapnick grantees include photo educator David Spear, a two time recipient whose 2012 grant funded a project at the Two Eagle River School
 on Montana’s Flathead Reservation; Ryan Libre, founder and director of Documentary Arts Asia, whose 2011 award went toward building a documentary arts library and gallery in Thailand; Chinese photo educator Ren Yue, who engaged young Chinese photographers and students to record the changing landscape in Beijing in 2008; Daylight magazine co-founder Michael Itkoff, whose 2006 grant went to support the publication of Daylight’s fifth issue; among several others.

Click here to learn more about the Chapnick Grant and to apply online before July 15.