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Vital Impacts Environmental Photography Grants

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Vital Impacts Environmental Photography Grants

Vital Impacts will be awarding two $20,000(US) grants to support the development of a documentary project on the work of an environmental story over the course of twelve months. The grants are for two separate photographers working on two separate projects. The grants will fund visual stories that highlight solution based environmental initiatives. It is designed to give the recipients time, mentoring and intellectual freedom to produce a body of work over twelve months.

The purpose of our grants is to support and encourage visual storytellers to create a long term documentary photography project with local communities who are working to protect the environment and wildlife.

GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED: April 2023

Image requirements: 10-20 jpeg images measuring 3000px on their longest size showing the applicants experience photographing a local conservation story. The images should represent 1-2 bodies of work or photo stories, as opposed to being a collection of stills.

Online submission of digital images via the website.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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