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PROOF’s Award for Emerging Photojournalist

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PROOF wants to help emerging photojournalists do meaningful projects related to human rights and social justice issues. This is the right opportunities for you if you:

  • have not yet been exhibited or published widely
  • demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice issues
  • do not have agency representation.

Awards:

  • The selected photojournalist will receive USD $2500 to put toward their project.
  • The final three candidates will have their work showcased through GOOD.
  • Second and third place finalists will also have the opportunity for a portfolio review with Jamie Wellford of Newsweek.

Judges: Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF, Ed Kashi of VII, Amy Yenkin from the Open Society Foundations, and Ann Friedman, Executive Editor of GOOD.

You need to submit:

  • Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words)
  • Project proposal and budget summary (maximum 500 words)
  • Portfolio of 10-12 photographs that demonstrate your commitment to human rights and social justice issues
  • Resume or CV

The statement of purpose should be 500 words or less and make clear the subject of your project and its importance in the scope of current human rights issues. Include historical, environmental, or cultural background to the project as appropriate. The following are a few of the questions that ought to be answered in the statement of purpose: Who or what will be photographed?, Why is this project important to you?, Why is this project important to the public? And what positive consequences might result from this project?

The project proposal should be 500 words or less and explain how and when the project will be completed. What background and preparation will you need to enable you to complete the project? Do you have a partnership organization or local collaborator? If yes, what will their role be? How will the financial award be used? Include a budget summary at the end of your project proposal.

Image requirements: JPG format; 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, RGB mode, maximum quality.

One year from the announcement of the award recipient, the winner is required to submit a visual and written report to PROOF giving a full account of project planning, completion, and goals.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: proofmsj.com/photojournalists/photojournalist-grants/

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