WASHINGTON, DC – National Geographic magazine launched its new Grant for Photography by awarding the first one to photojournalist Eugene Richards for his project on veterans of the war in Iraq. The $50,000 grant is one of the largest awards of its kind, and the magazine says it will be awarded annually.
“I am extremely pleased that our judges chose such a deserving and respected photojournalist as Eugene Richards,” National Geographic’s senior editor of photography and illustrations David Griffin said. “Having Eugene, an award-winning photographer, as our first recipient of the Grant for Photography launches this new grant on a solid course. We are honored to be supporting Eugene and the photography he plans on this socially important documentation of the intimate lives of those directly affected by the war in Iraq.”
The magazine says that Richards will be working on a project called “War is Personal.” It will focus on the current war in Iraq and the impact it has on the soldiers and their loved ones when they return from their tour of duty.
National Geographic says there were 145 entries for the grant from photographers around the world. Richards was picked by a panel of judges that included National Geographic staff photographer Jodi Cobb; Michele Stephenson, the former director of photography for Time magazine; and Michel du Cille, a staff photographer for The Washington Post.
The entries included a written statement from the photographer describing either a proposed project or a current essay and examples of the applicant’s photography. Any professional photographer is eligible to apply for the annual grant.