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Founded in 1979 in honor of LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund seeks to honor and support documentary photographers who embrace the ideology of the fund’s namesake and whose work eschews conventional, mass media-driven work in order to spur dialogue and reveal the multifaceted nature and tenacity of the human spirit.
To that end, the fund is accepting applications for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers, and the Howard Chapnick Grant.
W. Eugene Smith Grant — Grants of up to $35,000 will be awarded to photographers whose proposed project uses compelling photojournalism to express an issue of concern reflective of the human condition. The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers has similar parameters but is designated for current students. A grant of up to $4,000 will be awarded through the program.
Howard Chapnick Grant — A grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to an individual who is not a photographer but instead works in a related field that reinforces the impact of photojournalism (e.g., research, education, photo editing). The program supports costs related to the artistic and professional development of the recipient.
See the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund website for detailed guidelines, application instructions, and the work of previously funded photographers.