Grant Program


“The Peacock Fan (1940)” photograph by Clarence John Laughlin. © The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

The Clarence John Laughlin Award annually grants one $5000 prize and an exhibition in the NOPA gallery to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres.

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED.

“The End of the Parade” photograph by Michael P. Smith © The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography was created to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers.  The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project.

MPS 2017 Award Details:

  • FIRST PLACE: $3,000 cash award | summer 2018 exhibition in the NOPA Gallery | online exhibition
  • SECOND PLACE: $1,500 cash award | online exhibition
  • THIRD PLACE: $500 cash award | online exhibition

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.

Read more about the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography here.
Download a printable version of the MPS Fund 2017 Grant Guidelines here: MPSFUND2017_GUIDELINES

MPS 2017 has closed.