Grants, Contests & Funds

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. See rules below for details on each.

Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship

The Lucie Foundation is proud to support professionals and emerging talent who progress the art form of still photography through original subject matter, content, or processes. Our support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory. 

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film Grant

We invite documentary photographers around the globe to submit their documentary photo project proposals highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, povery, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.

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. 

Eugene 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”.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography 

We believe that photojournalism is a powerful tool for telling compelling social, political and cultural stories. That is why we continue to offer the Grants for Editorial photography, to help photojournalists pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.

Getty Images Emerging Talent Award

Each year, to complement our Grants for Editorial Photography, we offer an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through our Emerging Talent Award. 

Getty Images Creative Grants

Getty Images proudly supports photographers, filmmakers and communications professionals who use their talents to promote positive change in our world. The Getty Images Creative Grants help these creative visionaries as they work together to create new, compelling imagery or video for a nonprofit organization of their choice.

Imagely Fund

The Imagely Fund offers a $5000 grant to a photographer to help fund one humanitarian or environmental photography project each grant cycle. Our goal is to provide support for projects that will have a tangible and positive impact on the world.

Innovate Grant for Photographers

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Photographer and one Visual Artist. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented visual artists.

Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant

Unlike the first Women’s Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is intended to permit the photographer to propose a serious documentary photographic or multimedia project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.

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”.

Gomma Photography Grant

We know that 1000 Euros will not enable you to go and shoot the aborigines in Papua Guinea but we do believe that it will help a photographer to proceed with and, hopefully, complete an ongoing work. We are fully aware of the costs that photographers have to face on a daily basis so we at Gomma have decided to light up our own Karmic balance and had come up with a new grant for photographers.

Canon Female Photojournalism Award

Details: Organised annually by the French Association des Femmes Journalistes and Canon France, the contest has run since 2000. The winning photographer receives €8000 to finish a photojournalistic project, which will then be shown the following year at the Visa pour l’Image festival. The competition is opened to women photojournalists of any age and nationality.

Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014). With this Award, the IWMF celebrates the courage of women photojournalists like Anja. The Award recognizes the importance of visual journalistic work that inspires us to take action and compels us to better understand the world. 

Created in 2014 with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication, as Anja’s does.

The Award winner will be publicly honored, have her work showcased, and receive a cash prize of $20,000.

Photoville's THE FENCE

The FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in 7 cities across the United States: Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, and Denver. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for consideration by the jury. The submitted work should fit one or more of our 7 thematic categories: Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food.

Visura Grants

The Visura Photojournalism Grant, FotoVisura Grant, and Multimedia Grant empower photojournalists by supporting their work, mission, and career. Visura awards each winner with a $5000 cash prize. 


The inaugural CatchLight Fellowship of $30,000 each will be awarded annually to three creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact.


The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is an initiative that provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region. The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in partnership with Magnum Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund established the ADPP to stimulate compelling work by Arab Photographers working across a range of experimental styles of storytelling.

PH Museum Grant 

PHmuseum is also known for its Grant, an international photographic prize that we organise with the aim of supporting photographers and awarding the best visual stories of the year. Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas Van Houtryve, Catherine Schneiderman and Rasmus Degnmol are among the past editions winners, while Martin Parr (Magnum), Kathy Ryan (New York Times), Alec Soth (Magnum), François Hébel (Foto Industria) and Iatã Cannabrava (Estudio Madalena) among the former jurors.

Tim Hetherington Fellowship

The fellowship will assist visual storytellers by providing access to training or mentorship so they can further their projects and mission. Fellows will become part of sustainable network focused on innovative processes and permanent education. The fellows from each year will become part of the network and will play a role in selecting new fellows. The aim is to grow and strengthen a network of multiple skills that provides on-going support.

The selected fellow will receive an award of €5000, to be provided equally by the Tim Hetherington Trust and the World Press Photo Foundation and its partners. The World Press Photo Foundation is also approaching organizations to join this initiative and add financial benefits or other value in order to expand the fellowship circle. 


POYi began as a photographic contest in the spring of 1944 in Columbia, Missouri, when the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored its "First Annual Fifty-Print Exhibition" contest. Its stated purpose was, "to pay tribute to those press photographers and newspapers which, despite tremendous war-time difficulties, are doing a splendid job; to provide an opportunity for photographers of the nation to meet in open competition; and to compile and preserve...a collection of the best in current, home-front press pictures.

POY Latam

POY Latam was created by Loup Langton and Pablo Corral Vega in 2011 to celebrate excellence in documentary and artistic photography in Ibero-America. It has become the largest and one of the most important competitions in the region. POY Latam is not for profit and seeks to reach the general public through the organization of the contest, exhibitions, workshops and publications. Unlike most other contests, the judging is transparent and broadcast live. 

World Press Photo 

The annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world. The contest is organized into categories, and judged by a jury comprising leading photojournalism professionals. The membership of the jury changes every year, and is led by a chair and supported by a secretary who implements the rigorous judging procedures. The jury, chair, and secretary are independent of the World Press Photo Foundation. The staff, board, and partners of the World Press Photo Foundation cannot direct the jury’s decisions.

Tokyo International Photography Competition 2017

There are numerous competitions whose aim is to discover new photographic talent from around the globe, but many of these opportunities are often beyond the reach of those who do not speak a certain language or have a deep understanding of a particular culture. This has often been the case for Japanese photographers trying to enter foreign markets and for foreigners wanting to present and exhibit their work in Japan.

A select group of 9 internationally renowned jurors from around the world will review all the images submitted and nominate 8 talented photographers whose work will be exhibited as part of a traveling exhibition in Tokyo (Japan) before heading out to New York (USA) and Sydney (Australia)!

The Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award

Photographs must be related to any of the following themes: humanitarian action, international cooperation, social exclusion, human rights violations, armed conflicts, natural disasters, refugee and immigrant populations or socially excluded groups.

FotoEvidence Book Award

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo 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 as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to long-form projects of documentary photographers working in the humanistic tradition. 

Reuters Grant

The Reuters Photo Grant aims to discover and develop new photojournalist talent with expert training on offer for eight emerging image-makers. Reuters Pictures is offering up to eight grants each worth $5000USD in a new award promoting emerging photojournalists.

Women Photograph Mentorships

The program will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. Mentors include editors from National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and photographers who are the recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, and World Press Photo awards.

Native Agency

Platform highlighting visual storytellers from underrepresented regions -- Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia.
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