If you are an environmental, wildlife or humanitarian photographer, and you haven’t submitted your application to the 2012 Photocrati Fund grant competition, you have a few more days! We have just extended the deadline until Wednesday, April 4, 2012 (11:59pm Mountain Standard Time). The Photocrati Fund is a $5,000 grant for a photographer to undertake an important environmental, wildlife or humanitarian project. It’s judged by some of the best photographers in the world.
The Photocrati Team is happy to announce that the 2012 Photocrati Fund is now open! The Photocrati Fund offers $5,000 grants to photographers working on important humanitarian or environmental photography projects. For more details, visit the Photocrati Fund page:
The Photocrati Fund, now in its third year, is one of the rare options today for upfront funding of photography projects. It also means great exposure – the judges are some of the best known environmental and humanitarian photographers in the world, and the winner is announced in front of a audience of prominent photographers and editors at the Look3 Festival each year.
Take a look at the 2011 winner and top finalists:
The Photocrati Fund is one of the most exciting and satisfying things we do each year. It’s deeply personal for me, because I still remember slogging in poverty through Southeast Asia, covering things like illegal logging in Borneo and various humanitarian disasters. I know a lot of dedicated photographers are out there doing the same thing today. Funding for such undertakings has always been sparse, but with changes and financial challenges in the media business, finding project funding outside of a few grants has become almost impossible. That is one of the key reasons that we remain committed to supporting great photographers doing important work.
Please consider applying, or to pass the word along to other photographers you know who are working on important environmental or humanitarian projects!
Erick Danzer is Founder & CEO of Photocrati Media.
Photocrati is proud to announce the 2011 Photocrati Fund winner and top finalists. We had a wonderful time catching up with industry leaders and photographers at this year’s fabulous LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia. And we’re very grateful to our judges for continuing to support the photography community through their efforts with Photocrati: Jim Brandenburg, Michael “Nick” Nichols and Steve McCurry. With more than 400 applicants to the grant this year, competition was fierce and judging was a challenge.
2011 PHOTOCRATI FUND RESULTS
Paul Colangelo ~ 2011 Photocrati Fund Fellow
Surviving Todagin ~ Paul Colangelo — the 2011 Photocrati Fund Fellow — will lead a four-month-long expedition on Togadin Mountain in the Sacred Headwaters region of British Columbia (June-Sept. 2011) to document the unfolding story of the conflict between development, conservation and livelihoods. Surviving Togadin, part of the Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey endeavor, focuses on the world’s largest herd of Stone sheep, their endangered habitat and the Tahltan First Nations people who depend on these animals. The expedition team includes: Dr. Wes Sechrest from Global Wildlife Residence, Dr. Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and photographer Paul Colangelo.
Robin Hammond ~ Second Place
Still Human – Mental Health in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Struggle for Dignity ~ In most African countries, there is little, or no, provision for mental health. Where facilities exist, they are often woefully inadequate. Mental health care conditions are often atrocious. Patients are caged in prisons, confined with shackles and deprived of dignity. This work aims to inspire change — a more humane and dignified treatment of mentally ill patients.
Matt Eich ~ Third Place
Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town ~ Separated and segregated, it’s a world away from the affluent neighborhoods on the other side of the tracks: with roughly 500 residents and 90 percent unemployment, poverty, crime, violence dominate– but so do beauty, poetry and music. This project examines the complicated legacies of racism and class disparities in a Mississippi Delta town. “There is no salvation in hanging out on the corner.”
Anna Boyiazis AIDS Orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa; Stacy Kranitz The Island – Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana; Ivo Viktorov Danchev Saker Falcon Conservation in Central Asia; Wendy Marijnissen Every Woman Counts; Alex Masi War Defects: The Fallujah Legacy; Thomas Edwin Stanworth An Uncommon Faith; Sebastian Liste Vicario Sugar Cane, Slave Work, and Andrew Harrington Living with Lions.
Photocrati is proud to announce that esteemed wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg has joined the 2011 Photocrati Fund judging panel along with Steve McCurry and Michael “Nick” Nichols. We are honored and excited to work with these masters of the craft!
Powerful imagery awes, inspires and engages people in the world; it incites dialogue and often encourages action. Great photography brings humanity to statistics, faces to tragedy, connections to cultures far away, and life to dying species. Incredible images tell stories that we need to hear. But those stories are expensive and time-consuming to produce.
The Photocrati Fund bridges the gap for one pro or emerging photographer each year by providing a $5,000 photography grant to focus on a month-long environmental or humanitarian photography project. At the completion of the project, the grant winner’s images will be displayed as a photo essay on Photocrati.com.
We hope to invest in photographers who will have a long-term positive impact. Our goal is to identify outstanding, photographers and to provide the resources necessary to pursue projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world.
The 2011 Photocrati Fund competition officially opened in November 2010 and will run through April 1, 2011. The 2011 Photocrati Fund award will be announced at the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia in June 2011. The grantee becomes a Photocrati Fellow for the calendar year from the announcement of their award until the announcement of the following year’s award.
Award decisions will be made by the Photocrati Fund Board, a prestigious panel that includes some of the world’s best-known environmental and cultural photographers. The 2011 Photocrati Fund judges include: Steve McCurry, Jim Brandenburg and Michael “Nick” Nichols.
Check out the Photocrati Fund page for more details about how to apply for this exciting grant. To view information on Mark J. Davis, the 2010 Photocrati Fund Fellow, and top finalists, please visit the 2010 Photocrati Fund Winner link.