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Posted by on April 7, 2014 | Contests/Events


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.