Photo Grants 2018

1 January 2018

Our list of International Photography Grants and Funds in 2018 for student, amateur and professional photographers:

Photogrvphy Grant 2018

Photogrvphy Grant awards $1000 annually to the applicant with the most inspirational photographic idea to support his visual project. Our grant is open for submissions without any fees (Free to Enter) to support all photographers from every corner of the world. We only accept series of photographs which share a common theme and are built as a one consistent project in the following categories: City, Fine Art, Outdoor, Story, People. We do believe that it will help a photographer to proceed and complete his project.  The Grand Prize winner and finalists will be selected by the most respected names in photographic world. Website:

Alexia Foundation Professional & Student Grant

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities. The professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project. + Student grants.

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant

This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition during Review Santa Fe. The grant funds may be used for most expenses related to the project. Please be aware that no funds in addition to the $5,000 are available for exhibition or travel expenses to Santa Fe.

Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship

The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers – one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of Fine Art or Documentary/Photojournalism.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film Grant

We are excited to announce the opening of our 2016 call for documentary photography and film grant entries. Created to encourage the betterment of humanity through editorially-based imagery of themes including human unrest, famine, disease, politics, war, uprisings, injustice and triumph, we invite photographers and film makers to submit their applications and works through March 31, 2016. Two $5000 awards will be announced in July 2016 during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.

Crusade Engagement Grant

The Crusade Engagement Grant awards $10,000 annually to the applicant with the most innovative idea to build audiences for photography. The Crusade Engagement Grant supports artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to photography and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. The goal of this grant is to empower artists to focus on creating demand for art, and thereby encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons and collectors.

Inge Morath Award

The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.

Marine Conservation Photography Grant

Applicants should be serious emerging photographers who may have become successful in their local region but have not been widely published in major magazines and have not earned numerous high-profile international awards. We prefer applicants to be under the age of 30, but older applicants who can still be regarded as ‘emerging’ may also be considered. Photographers with underwater photography skills in their repertoire are especially encouraged to apply.

Photocrati Fund

The Photocrati Fund offers a $5000 grant to a photographer to undertake an important humanitarian or environmental photography project. Our goal is to identify outstanding photographers and to provide support towards projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world. Applications are judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers. The grantee becomes a Photocrati Fellow for the calendar year from the announcement of his/her award until the announcement of the following year’s award.

Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field. 

Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize

The winner receives $10,000, features in Center for Documentary Studies’ print and digital publications, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Eugene Smith Grant

Grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2015, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Grants for Editorial Photography, which will provide five total grants of $10,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.

Getty Images Emerging Talent Award

Grants for Editorial Photography program, we offer an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through our Emerging Talent Award. Applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of submission and not associated with any agency.

Getty Images Creative Grants

A total of eight prizes totaling $40,000 will be offered by Getty Images to recognize, celebrate and support emerging and established photographic talent.

Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant

Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.

Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund

The Emerging Photographer Grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

Howard Chapnick Grant

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

Ian Parry Scholarship

Entrants must submit a portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship. The prize consists of £3,500 towards their chosen assignment £500 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended. There is no fee for entry.

LightWork Artist-in-Residence

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist in conjunction with the Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Firecracker Photographic Grant

 The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project. Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging, the Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £1,000 plus £1,000 credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award

A key aim of the Award is to support the winning photojournalist by providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Carmignac Foundation collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project by offering the laureate 50,000€ to go into the field, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return. Four photographs from the winner’s portfolio then enter Carmignac’s prestigious art collection.

Tim Hetherington Grant

The grant is open to professional photographers who have participated in a recent World Press Photo Contest and applications are accepted in October every year. An annual 20,000 euro grant awarded to a visual journalist to finalize an ongoing project on a human rights theme.

The Aftermath Project

This is a sweet and bittersweet time – the opening of the application cycle for our tenth grant of $20,000, for the year 2016. It’s sweet because it’s a remarkable thing to stand on the brink of a decade of work – and also to begin planning our tenth anniversary celebrations, which will launch sometime in 2017 and will include a traveling exhibition and retrospective book.

VSCO Artist Initiative

The VSCO® Artist Initiative is a $1,000,000USD grant and movement of solidarity that provides artists the resources to pursue their creative vision. The Initiative honors art and artist by discovering, funding, advising, and promoting creatives from all corners of the globe.

JGS Quarterly Photography Contest

This contest aims to heighten the visibility of hopeful and life-affirming stories. Awe-inspiring developments in science and art, forward thinking actions taken by societies, organizations and individuals in response to challenges – there is no shortage of stories waiting to be told.

Reminders Photography Stronghold Grants

Using our global network, we will be supporting the publicizing of photographers and their works, your photographic presentation or campaign, or your book launch. Any alternative proposal on photography for the best use for this gallery space is welcome – but all proposals will be reviewed and only successful proposal will receive this grant.

Rory Peck Assistance Grants

RPT provides individual grants to freelance journalists and their families who find themselves in a critical situation. This may include freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned, injured, forced into hiding or exile, or killed.

Rory Peck Training Fund

Rory Peck Training Bursaries are for freelancers who work internationally. To qualify you will need to have worked as a freelancer in newsgathering and/or current affairs for a minimum of 18 months. The number of bursaries are limited and priority is given to freelancers whose work habitually takes them into hostile environments, and to those with a forthcoming confirmed assignment.

The Documentary Project Fund

TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.

Blue Earth’s Grant

Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects that educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.

FotoEvidence Book Award

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice. FotoEvidence will offer to collaborate with one of the finalists to crowdfund the publication of their work.

Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant

PMH Grant is an important occasion to see your work recognized by an outstanding jury in front of an international public. It is a great moment to gain visibility and create yourself new opportunities. The 2016 PHmuseum Grant will be presented in February 2016.