Photojournalists have until July 15, 2005, to apply for the 26th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc., funded by Nikon Inc., as well as applying for the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented each year, the application says, “to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's compassionate dedication exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.”
This year the grant will be $30,000 USD with an additional $5,000 USD in fellowship money “to be awarded at the discretion of the jury.”
July 15 is also the deadline to apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant, which is also administered by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. The Chapnick Grant was introduced in 1996 by the Smith Fund “to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism.” These fields include editing, research, education, and management and the grant of $5,000 USD can be used to finance education, research, or long-term projects, and the Smith Fund board of trustees says that special consideration will be given to proposals that “promote social change or serve significant concerns of photojournalism.”
Complete instructions on how to apply, including downloadable Acrobat .PDF forms for both grants, are online at www.smithfund.org.
Stanley Greene was the 2004 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his project, “Chalk Lines: A Photographic Investigation of the Caucasus.” Other past winners include Trent Parke (2003); Kai Wiedenhofer (2002); Maya Goded (2001); Brenda Ann Kenneally (2000); and Chien-Chi Chang (1999).
The board of trustees who administer the two grants are Helen Marcus, president; Robert Pledge, vice president; Sue Brisk, secretary; and Jeanette Chapnick, treasurer. Board members include Jim Balog, Rich Clarkson, Donna Ferrato, Peter Howe, Jim Hughes, W. M. Hunt, Chris Johns, Yukiko Launois, John G. Morris, Kathy Ryan, Marcel Saba, Mike Smith, Arthur Soybel, and Anna Winand.