Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

Annie Flanagan Receives 2016 Grant

Katie the day she moved out of the house she built with her ex-husband in Arkansas. 

(Arkansas / October 2014)
Katie the day she moved out of the house she built with her ex-husband in Arkansas. (Arkansas / October 2014)

2016 Recipient – Annie Flanagan
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2016 Finalist – Jeremiah Ariaz
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2016 Finalist – Michael Adno
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2015 Recipient – Cate Sampson
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2015 Finalist – Jeremiah Ariaz
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2015 Finalist – Lance Rosenfield
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2014 Recipient – Brandon Thibodeaux
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2014 Finalist – Dominic Bracco II
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2014 Finalist – Katty Ryan Hoover
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2014 Finalist – Liz Moskowitz
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2014 Finalist – Bryan Schutmaat
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2014 Finalist – William Widmer
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2013 Recipient – Andrew Kaufman
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2013 Finalist – Jeremiah Ariaz
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2013 Finalist – James Edward Bates
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2013 Finalist – JT Blatty
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2013 Finalist – Sydney Byrd
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2013 Finalist – Kris Davidson
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2013 Finalist – Corey George
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2013 Finalist – Walker Pickering
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2013 Finalist – Bryan Schutmaat
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2013 Finalist – Brandon Thibodeaux
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2012 Recipient – Kael Alford
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2012 Finalist – Jeremiah Ariaz
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2012 Finalist – David Armentor
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2012 Finalist – Lizzie Chen
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2012 Finalist – Public Attire
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2012 Finalist – Jennifer Kaczmarek
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2012 Finalist – Tomas Montoya
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2012 Finalist – Raymond Thompson
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2012 Finalist – Mary Lou Uttermohlen
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2012 Finalist – Michel Varisco
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2012 Finalist – Monique Verdin
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2011 Recipient – Scott Dalton
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2011 Finalist – Jeremiah Ariaz
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2011 Finalist – Dominic Bracco II
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2011 Finalist – Debbie Fleming Caffery
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2011 Finalist – Loli Kantor
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2011 Finalist – Deborah Luster
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2011 Finalist – Charles Martin
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2011 Finalist – Nancy Newberry
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2011 Finalist – Rick Olivier
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2011 Finalist – Betty Press
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2011 Finalist – Amber Shields
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2011 Finalist – Brandon Thibodeaux
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2009 Recipient – Jonathan Traviesa
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2009 Finalist – Shannon Brinkman
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2009 Finalist – Sydney Byrd
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2009 Finalist – Jenny Ellerbe
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2009 Finalist – Philip Gould
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2009 Finalist – Deborah Luster
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2009 Finalist – David Rae Morris
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2009 Finalist – Lance Rosenfield
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2009 Finalist – David Wharton
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2009 Finalist – Jennifer Zdon
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About the MPS Fund
The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) 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.

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

The MPS Fund 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

2017 Calendar

  • March 1: Juror announced
  • March 10: online submissions opens
  • April 30: online submissions deadline @ 11:59 PM CST
  • May 31: winners announced

Please read the 2017 MPS Fund Grant Guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. A printable version is available for download here: MPSFUND2017_GUIDELINES.

If you have any further questions you may contact NOPA’s Executive Director, Amy Williams, at adwilliams@neworleansphotoalliance.org

You may apply for the MPS Fund 2017 Grant here starting on March 10, 2017.

Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture, and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state’s renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians. Smith photographed at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major grandstand exhibition and photo kiosks placed around the Fair Grounds.

In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, produced five books, and garnered a host of honors, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Smith was an inspiration, a role model and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.