May 2021- As an organization dedicated to advancing photojournalism through education National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) is known for developing and elevating news photography by annually supporting at least a dozen promising young photographers with scholarships.
NPPF also works to raise the standards for visual journalism through three key grants to fund important visual work. This year’s awards are announced below, including a new, premier fellowship.
2021 Application Period: April 12 to May 17, 11:59 p.m., EDT - This annual grant supports in-depth documentary photojournalism. It encourages visual journalists to pursue stories exposing parts of American society that tend to be ignored or under-covered, stories that would make a difference and have an impact on society. The grant’s namesake, renowned editor Bob Lynn, provides support for the grant.
2021 Application Period: May 24 to June 21, 11:59 p.m., EDT - This grant honoring the prize-winning Los Angeles Times picture editor Alan Hagman is offered annually for working U.S. photojournalists or students to facilitate an important documentary project on topics that otherwise would not be reported – ranging from human rights to environmental issues. Alan Hagman died in 2019. His family and friends provide funding for the grant.
2021 Application Period: June 28 to August 2, 11:59 p.m., EDT - The du Cille is NPPF’s premier annual fellowship for a U.S. photojournalist, honoring visual journalist and editor Michel du Cille who died covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, Michel du Cille set the journalistic, ethical and personal standards that gave his subjects voice and dignity. The fellowship is designed to create significant work reflecting Michel du Cille’s work and the highest standards of visual journalism.
If you have an important story you want to bring to a wide audience and want to apply for one of these grants, begin on NPPF.org by creating an application account. As you gather required materials, your project can be added to and changed at any time until the award deadline.
Applications may be made at NPPF.ORG