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Shining a Light International Photo Contest

Shining a Light International Photo Contest

The Muhammad Ali Center, Generation Ali, and MensWork Inc. announce the 2013 First Annual “Shining a Light” International Photo Contest. The goal of this year’s competition is to showcase the global and systemic problem of violence against women and to highlight the actions individuals and organizations are currently taking to combat this issue.

In addition, the contest hosts will produce a documentary-style exhibition from 20 to 30 finalist photographs that will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky during November and January 2014, and subsequently in other venues to raise awareness and promote education

“Shining a Light: Working Together to End Violence against Women” The photographic submissions are asked to depict one or more of the following:
1. The impact of violence against women (not limited to physical and sexual violence, but uncovering other forms of violence and abuses of human rights as well) on communities across the world
2. Individuals or organizations engaging in actions to prevent violence against women
3. Solutions or actions that incorporate men’s activism or actions to prevent violence against women.

PRIZE DETAILS: A donation will be made by the contest hosts to the non-profit or non-governmental organization of choice of the first, second and third place winners in the following amounts:
1st Prize—$1000
2nd Prize—$750
3rd Prize—$500

Free Entry

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The Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013

This year (2013) the Association des Femmes Journalistes (The Association of Women Journalists), an organisation promoting women in the media, and Canon France, the photographic equipment manufacturer, distributor and importer, in association with Images-Evidence, wish to give a female photojournalist, an award of 8000 Euros, endowed by Canon France. The Award is supported by Le Figaro Magazine.

The Canon Female Photojournalist Award granted by the AFJ is presented to a female photojournalist in activity who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier.The Award will be given to an individual photojournalist and not to a group, without any consideration of her nationality. The Award is given in order to allow the winner to carry out the photo-reportage which has been presented for the Award.

The applicant agrees that, should she obtain the Award, she will be in Perpignan on the 7th of September 2014 to attend the evening projection of the 25th International Festival of Photojournalism, where she will be presented with the Award by representatives of the AFJ and Canon.


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!

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)