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W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013


***** W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013 ****

* $30,000 Grant
* Discretionary Fellowship: $5,000
* Application Deadline: May 31, 2013
* To Apply:

***** Howard Chapnick Grant 2013 *****
* $5,000 Grant
* Application Deadline: May 31, 2013
* To Apply:

W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013

Established in 1979 in honor of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), the legendary American photo essayist, the Smith grant is given to a photographer who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s humanistic photography. Administered by the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, an independent non-profit organization, the $30,000 annual grant provides photographers with the financial freedom to continue or complete a major photographic project. The grant has often been referred to as the most prestigious honor in the field of documentary photography.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from:
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP); Open Society Foundations; Harbers Family Foundation; The International Center of Photography; School of Visual Arts BFA Photography; MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments; and Canon USA, with the support of MediaStorm; Photo District News; and Synergy Communications, Inc.

Prior Recipients of the Grant for Humanistic Photography (Representing 14 Countries):
Marc Asnin, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Letizia Battaglia, Ernesto Bazan, Ellen Binder, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Stephen Dupont, Carl DeKeyzer, Donna Ferrato, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Lu Guang, Graciela Iturbide, Krisanne Johnson, Alain Keler, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Dario Mitidieri, James Nachtwey, Darcy Padilla, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Milton Rogovin, Sebastião Salgado, Mikhael Subotzky, Vladimir Syomin, Peter van Agtmael, John Vink, and Kai Wiedenhöfer.



Travel Photography Scholarship: Greenland

Travel Photography Scholarship: Greenland

Aspiring photographers, it is that time of year again! Time to get shooting your photo essays for our 2013 Travel Photography Scholarship to Greenland!

This is your opportunity to accompany renowned National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards, on assignment in Greenland.

Explore this stunning country with a 10-day itinerary with Visit Greenland, Destination Arctic Circle and Air Greenland that features the remote wildlife and landscapes of the rugged north (check out the full itinerary here).

Your best photos from the trip will be published on National Geographic Channel where they will be viewed by thousands of travellers worldwide, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get your foot in the door of one of the most revered exploration organisations in the world!

To apply, you must submit a series of photos (up to 5) that tell a story about a place you have visited and tell us about yourself and why you should be awarded this scholarship.

Visit the Scholarship pagefor more information and to apply. Applications close July 5, 2013.

Apply now!

Syngenta Photography Award winners announced

Syngenta Photography Award winners announced

On May 15, Syngenta announced the winners of the Syngenta Photography Award, an international competition that aims to stimulate dialogue around key global challenges. In its inaugural year, the “Rural-Urban” theme explores the relationship and tensions between these environments.

The winners of the Professional Commission and the Open Competition were selected for their artistic quality and interpretation of this year’s theme by an international panel of experts, chaired by the author and curator William E. Ewing.

the First Prize winner for the Professional Commission is Jan Brykczyński (Poland),

© Jan Brykczyński / Sputnik Photos, The Syngenta Photography Award 2013

© Jan Brykczyński / Sputnik Photos, The Syngenta Photography Award 2013


VIPA 2013 Photo Documentary Award

We are very pleased to announce that our annual documentary photography competition, Vienna International Photo Awards 2013 – VIPA for short – is now open for entries. The VIPA mission’s is to draw more attention to documentary photography in Austria and worldwide. Ever since we have established the first edition, VIPA has become one of the leading documentary photography contests. We wanted VIPA to be different as we focus on a niche between press and art photography that is often lost sight of. The uniqueness of documentary photography lies in its rendering of a wide variety of themes, its distinct image characteristics and the plurality of perceptions in a way not found in press photography or art photography.

For VIPA 2013, we have 3 submission categories: Professional, Amateur, Smartphone

The competition will be judged by an international panel of prestigious museum curators, gallery directors, and fine art photographers: Antoine D’Agata (France), Catherine David (France), Jean-Baptiste Joly (Germany/France) Thomas Köhler (Germany), Laura Serani (Italy) and Anna Zekria (Russia)

New !!! This year, VIPA is also launching a live competition named Pict of the Week. Photographers are invited to submit one single image every week. Each Saturday, a gallery of the selected photos will appear online and submitted to public voting. The most voted photo will be published in VIPA catalogue and will be part of the finalists exhibition in Vienna.


3 Bangladeshi won VOA Photo Contest Winners

Passion, angst, beauty and joy.  All these emotions and more were shared by photographers from around the world in the 2013 VOA Photo Contest.

 But it was images from Bangladesh that won the hearts and eyes of judges.  In fact, entries from Dhaka took first, second and seventh place in a competition that saw more than 4,500 entries from 110 countries.


Top honors went to Raihan Parvez from Dhaka for his black and white portrait of an older women protecting her grain from three hungry ducklings. 

A lighted-hearted take on the theme of man against nature, the stand-off is more heart-wrenching when one understands the bleak reality of a struggle for life for villagers in an area used to rising sea levels, failed crops and devastating cyclones.

By winning this year’s contest, Parvez will receive an Apple iPad with Retina Display.


Also from Dhaka, photographer Saud A Faisal’s depiction of family life in the poisonous rubble of the city’s leather industry won second prize.

Here are the remaining selections by VOA’s panel of photo judges:

3rd  – Dandan Damdani, Indonesia
4th – Nimai Chandra Ghosh, India
5th – Hisham Sarsour, Palestinian Territories
6th (tie) – Atho Ullah, Indonesia
6th (tie) – Zuopeng Zhang, Canada
7th – Md Khalid Rayhan Shawon, Bangladesh
8th – Rabin Chakrabarti, India
9th – Prasetyo Wibowo, Indonesia
10th – Riza Nur Indra Lukmana, Indonesia
Honorable Mentions: Erwin Kurniawan (Indonesia),Jose Coelho (Brazil), Serg Kuran (Ukraine), Atet Dwi Pramadia (Indonesia), Alland Dharmawan (Indonesia)


KOZMO & TTL Presents MMZ Khan’s Photography Exhibition


KOZMO & TTL Presents MMZ Khan’s Photography Exhibition

Muhammad Munimuzzaman Khan (MMZ Khan) is one of the promising young photographers of Bangladesh, a country full of color, joy and passion. Social changes, Natural beauty, serenity and essence of life inspire his photography. He works as an Information Technology Specialist but he is passionate about photography. He started to develop his passion for photography at an early age. MMZ Khan received recognitions from various national and international forums for his work. He organized, participated and also served in different capacities in a wide range of exhibitions and workshops.

KOZMO & TTL is proud to jointly present MMZ Khan’s Photography Exhibition titled “Children of Bangladesh”.

Mr. Ahmed Sharif, prominent photographer and founder of Ideas Studio inaugurated the exhibition.

from 4th April to 11 April @ Kozmo Wisdom Lounge, Baridha

Call for entries for Delhi Photo Festival 2013



Submissions open from march 4 to april 20, 2013

We invite photo-practitioners and curators to submit works for consideration as print exhibitions, digital exhibitions, photo-based installations, multimedia & films.

Please read the guidelines below carefully before you submit your work.

We also invite curators, collectives, communities & institutions to send us short proposals (by email) for talks, workshops, discussions and other events.

For all enquiries / clarifications write to

You can also read Karan’s Blog Entry about the submission process.

Details here