Funding for Documentary Photographers

Deadline June 20, 2008

The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change.

All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-based organization) that will work with the photographer to design an innovative distribution strategy that targets specific communities and advocates for social change.

To be eligible for support, proposals must: present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with text, sound, or other media; address a current social justice issue (preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI); and engage a specific audience, community, and/or site and use creative distribution strategies that are tailored specifically for that context. Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide administrative, programmatic, and financial and/or in-kind support.

Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 each will be awarded.

For more information, please visit http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/focus_areas/distribution/guidelines