The W. Eugene Smith Fund’s Grant in Humanistic Photography has been increased from $30,000 to $35,000 for 2017, to be awarded to a photographer working in the tradition of Eugene Smith who was known for his essays on contemporary issues that call for compassion and attention.
Winners of the prestigious award have included Sebastião Salgado, Eli Reed, Matt Black, Donna Ferrato, Lu Guang, and James Nachtwey. The 2016 winner was Justyna Mielnikiewicz, a freelance photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia for her project “A Diverging Frontier” which studied Russians living in former Soviet states.
“We continue to be overwhelmed and inspired by the quality of work submitted by photographers all over the world in the name of humanistic photography,” said Lauren Wendle, president of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, in a press release. “Last year’s recipient, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, is a great example of the quality of work being submitted and the significance the Smith Fund has established internationally.”
In addition to the main grant, one or more photographers will be awarded fellowships totaling $5,000. Applicants interested in the Smith Award and fellowships can visit SmithFund.org.
Applications are also open for the Howard Chapnick Grant of $5,000 for “champions of photography” such as photo editors, educators, researchers and photography leaders. The grant is not for creating photography but undertakings such as further education, research, a long-term sabbatical project or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual.
The deadline for all of these awards is May 31, 2017.
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by contributions from The Incite Project, and Canon USA. Additional support is provided by Photo District News, International Center of Photography (ICP), School of Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, MediaStorm, Brilliant Graphics, Synergy Communications and Aperture.