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Gene Smith Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, INC., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2013, 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 in early October.

The Jury

The Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury every year. The jury meets twice. At its first session it reviews all the applications and proposals, and selects finalists primarily on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. The finalists are only then asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal, and to answer questions about their project.

At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.

Submission Guidelines:

You must register on this website by clicking the 'Apply for Grant' link on the side navigation. There is a $50 fee for grant consideration..

No preliminary materials will be returned unless expressly requested by the applicant, and sent accompanied either by a self-addressed stamped envelope or appropriate packaging and a prepaid courier waybill. Non-returned materials will be destroyed at the end of the entire judging process. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage to any work.

Information specifications for W. Eugene Smith Grant submission:

You should be prepared to answer these application questions:
• BACKGROUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY: (Formal education, workshops, apprenticeships, self-teaching, etc.)
• PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE: (Staff positions, free–lance work, etc.)
• AWARDS, GRANTS, OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND DISTINCTIONS
• PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED: Books (Title & publisher), Exhibitions (Title, location & city)
• PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: (Include name, address, telephone number)
• TITLE AND BRIEF SUMMARY OF SMITH GRANT PROJECT
• The applicant must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing.
• Applicants should include a written proposal that is concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven.
• Applicants should provide educational and professional qualifications.

The written proposal should be no longer than 2 pages and submitted as a microsoft word document.

Images:

The images need to be JPEG files with 1500 pixels on the long dimension saved at 72 dpi. Name the files with your first and last names and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the file name add a sequence number starting with: 01.

Example: John_Smith01.jpg, John_Smith02.jpg, John_Smith03.jpg

In the event the applicant is the recipient of the Smith Grant, applicant hereby agrees to donate to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, as an unrestricted gift, twelve (12) digital images and twelve (12) prints of work completed as part of the project proposed herein. Applicant agrees to deliver six (6) of said images to the Fund nine (9) months after receiving the Grant, and the remaining six (6) of said images within eighteen (18) months after receiving the Grant.

The images shall become part of the W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection at the International Center of Photography in New York. Applicant also agrees that as part of the unrestricted gift, the Smith Fund may exhibit the images and may use them to promote the activities of the Fund.

Applicant also understands and agrees that, if applicant is the recipient of the Grant, twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) of the total Grant of $30,000 ($30,000) will be paid upon receipt of the Grant, five thousand dollars ($5,000) will be paid upon receipt of the first six (6) of the digital images and six (6) prints within nine (9) months after receipt of the Grant, and the final five thousand dollars ($5,000) will be paid upon receipt of the remaining six (6) of the digital images and six (6) prints within eighteen (18) months after receipt of the Grant.

The digital images to be submitted shall conform to the following specifications:

Format: .jpg
Dimensions: At least 1500 pixels on the long dimension
Resolution: 72 dpi

Applicants can submit up to 40 images.




Or Entry by Mail:

The files should be saved as Microsoft Word documents. Name the files with your first and last names and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the file name add CV for the curriculum vitae. For your W. Eugene Smith Project Description, add PD. For your W. Eugene Smith Grant Application, add GA.

Example: John_SmithCV.doc, John_SmithAS.doc and John_SmithGA.doc.

The images need to be JPEG files with 1500 pixels on the long dimension saved at 72 dpi. Name the files with your first and last names and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the file name add a sequence number starting with: 01.

Example: John_Smith01.jpg, John_Smith02.jpg, John_Smith03.jpg

Place all your files in one folder. Name the folder with your first and last names and use an underscore to separate your name. Burn to a CD and submit. If return is desired, please enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope.

If you are applying by mail, please enclose a $50 check made out to W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, INC.
c/o International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036







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