Announcing the 2014-2015 Photocrati Fund Winner!

Photocrati is excited to name esteemed photographer Ed Kashi as the 2014-2015 Photocrati Fund Fellow for his work documenting the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease (of unknown causes) among sugar cane workers in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. End-stage renal failure impacts nearly one-third of the men in this town, frequently referred to as the “Island of Widows”. Called a “silent killer” the disease is often not identified until kidney failure is imminent. Expensive urgent medical care is often out of reach or unavailable for the sugar cane workers.

Kashi’s powerful imagery adds an important element to the ongoing efforts to understand the underlying cause of this scourge. Research presently indicates harsh working conditions combined with severe heat, dehydration and environmental toxins likely contribute to the rising death toll.

With this grant, Kashi plans to further his documentary work in partnership with local NGOs such as La Isla Foundation to raise awareness and advocacy for CKDu and improved working conditions, and to improve available support for families of suffering sugar cane workers.

Kashi’s project was selected from a competitive group of more than 400 applicants by the 2014 – 2015 Photocrati Fund juror panel which included some of the world’s premier environmental and humanitarian photographers: Jim Brandenburg, Steve McCurry, and Steve White.

Second Place goes to documentary and travel photographer, Jacob Maentz for his ongoing work on The Forgotten Ten (Katutubong Filipino Project). With this project, Maentz seeks to raise awareness of the social and land rights challenges and pressures that the diverse, culturally-rich indigenous Filipino population presently faces.

Third Place goes to renowned photographer Paula Bronstein for her ongoing work The Forgotten Frontline: Women in Afghanistan. This powerful project endeavors to give voice to the complicated struggles and successes of Afghani women “between life and war”.

Fourth Place goest to humanitarian photographer Anna Boyaizis for her project, Second Wave, which covers the Jane Goodall Institute’s innovative peer education program in Uganda. This important program focuses on improving girls’ lives through education and support for HIV prevention, feminine hygiene, and reproductive health issues.

The 2014-2015 Honorable Mentions

Lianne Milton, La Vida No Vale Nada: Guatemala; Michelle Siu, Marlboro Boys, Indonesia; Cosmin Bumbutz, No Future for Roma Families in Romania; Alessandro Grassani, Environmental Migrants: The last illusion; Kenya, Nairobi; Alessio Romenzi, Aftermath of the Syrian Civil War: Refugees; Lebanon, Beirut; Allison Shelley, No Choice: Abortion and Imprisonment in Mexico; Mexico City and Guanajuato State; Dan Giannipoulos, The Rehabilitation of Syria’s Refugees; Jordan & Lebanon; Stefano Schirato, Toxicity; Russia, Dzerzhinsk; Daniele Volpe, Aftermath of Guatemala Genocide, Guatemala, and Fabio Bucciarelli, On the Brink of Abyss, South Sudan.

 

Special Thanks to the 2014 – 2015 Photocrati Fund Judges: Jim Brandenburg, Steve McCurry, and Steve Winter

2014 Photocrati Fund Update & Extension

Hi Everyone,

We wanted to give a quick update on the Photocrati Fund progress.

The submissions so far have been incredible. However, one of our judges has been unavailable and disconnected from communication while on a job.  So we decided to extend the deadline of the fund until Monday, April 28.

This gives our judges more time to review the projects and photographs in addition to you, the photographers, having more time as well.

So please spread the word and tell every photographer you know with a humanitarian project to get their submissions in. Click on any of the social sharing buttons, like Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

We also hope to have our 2013 Photocrati Fund winner, Alex Masi’s update online soon.

Thank you!

The Photocrati Team

$5000 Photocrati Fund Grant Competition Now Open for 2014

Quick announcement from Scott

…and now for the details.

It’s our favorite time of year again.

Our team is pleased to announce that the fifth annual Photocrati Fund competition is now open. The Photocrati Fund provides a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to help support an 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.

Past recipients of the award have covered overfishing in Chile, the conflicts surrounding conservation of endangered habitat for Stone sheep, global energy poverty, and the ongoing legacy of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak.

We believe that great imagery can still make a tremendous difference in the world, and we understand the challenges facing photographers who wish to undertake these kinds of projects. Our hope is that our upfront grant can help these important humanitarian and environmental stories get told.

The winner and top finishers are selected by a prestigious panel of some of the world’s top environmental and cultural photographers – past judges of the grant have included Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe and Jim Brandenburg. We are so honored to have the chance to work with our esteemed panel of judges, and we especially appreciate the chance to see so many incredible projects from photographers around the globe. The 2014 judges are still being confirmed, but please stay tuned, we’ll finalize our panel soon.

Applications for the 2014 Photocrati Fund competition will be accepted from Thursday, January 30, 2013 through Friday, April 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Mountain Time). The grant winner will be announced at the end of June 2014.

Grant applicants should submit a one-page project statement (including a rough budget) and bio, along with a link to an online portfolio of 20-30 themed images to: fund@photocrati.com. Please put “2014 Photocrati Fund” in the subject of the email. For complete Photocrati Fund rules and guidelines please see visit the Photocrati Fund page.

To learn about Alex Masi’s winning 2013 project, Bhopal Legacy, please check out the 2013 Photocrati Fund Winner and Top Finishers blog post.

Announcing the 2013 Photocrati Fund Winner and Top Finalists

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Photocrati is proud to (finally) announce the 2013 Photocrati Fund winner, top finalists, and honorable mentions. This year, more than 400 photographers applied for the grant. We feel honored to have had the chance to review their work. It is inspiring to learn about so many talented photographers engaged in meaningful humanitarian and environmental projects across the globe. From documenting child laborers in Mexico, to covering AIDS orphans in Uganda, to capturing Louisiana’s degrading coastline and bayous, applicants impressed us, and our judges, with their powerful imagery and solid applications. We are very grateful to our judges for generously continuing to support the photography community through their efforts with Photocrati: Jim Brandenburg, Michael “Nick” Nichols and Steve McCurry.

2013 PHOTOCRATI FUND RESULTS

Alex Masi – 2013 Photocrati Fund Fellow

Bhopal Legacy — Documentary photographer Alex Masi, the 2013 Photocrati Fund winner, focuses on the longterm impact of the devastating 1984 gas leak from the Union Carbide Indian Limited pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. At the time of the accident, the local government confirmed almost 4,000 deaths. By 2006, a government report showed that more than 550,000 people had suffered injuries from the gas leak, many of them resulting in paralysis. In addition to the gas cloud, toxic waste buried near the plant has leaked into the surrounding soils and aquifers and thus the drinking water. Now, thousands of people, mostly poor, suffer from neurological disorders due to this environmental contamination. With this grant, Alex intends to document the work of medical advocacy groups who work to improve the lives of “gas survivors” and to raise awareness about the plight of the people who suffer daily with little recourse for relief.

Ethan Welty – Second Place

Unprotected Cascades

Spanning the border between Washington state (US) and British Columbia (Canada),the North Cascades is an iconic mountain range that defines the region both climactically and aesthetically. Conservation photographer Ethan Welty is creating a comprehensive portrait of the range: highlighting its magnificence and biodiversity, while also raising awareness for the need to increase park boundaries. While many assume that the entire North Cascade range is protected, only 504,500 acres are part of North Cascades National Park.

Philippe Schneider

Where We Live Matters – In 2007, the United Nations reported that more than 900 million people worldwide live in slums. Philippe’s work documents the plight of slum dwellers in Paga Hill, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea). Rapid urban development, lack of available land, and high housing costs lead many working poor to build homes in slum settlements. In May 2012, armed police destroyed the homes and structures of more than 3000 people in a forcible eviction. Humanitarian photographer Philippe Schneider works to illuminate the dignity of the human spirit in difficult conditions, and seeks to raise awareness for the complex issues surrounding urban poverty, lack of affordable housing, land tenure, and slum dwelling.

Scott Typaldos – Fourth Place

Butterflies – Humanitarian photographer Scott Typaldos explores the challenges facing people afflicted with mental health issues in Western Africa and Eastern Europe. Many facilities lack adequate funding to provide proper care. Patients are frequently shackled, left imprisoned and isolated. Scott’s work aims to highlight human rights abuses and to work toward increasing awareness of, and funding for, those suffering from mental illness in underserved areas.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Allison Shelley, Not with a Bang; But a Whimper, Kiana Hayeri, The Day I Became a Woman; Marc Ellison, Pain at Sunrise, Regrets at Sunset; Sara Lewkowicz, A Portrait of Domestic Violence; Monique Jacques, Gaza’s Girls; Sean Gallagher, Jakarta: The Sinking City; Fausto Podavini, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam; Rafael Fabres, Pacification; Natisha Mallick, Living at the Edge of Life; Benjamin Cherry, The Importance of Natural Corridors

 

The Photocrati Fund, a $5000 grant to support an environmental or humanitarian photography project, is offered to one photographer each year. The aim is 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 2014 Photocrati Fund competition will begin in January 2014 and will run through April 2014. For more details please see the Photocrati Fund webpage.

 

Photocrati Fund Offers $5000 Photography Grant

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It’s our favorite time of year again. Our team is pleased to announce that the fourth annual Photocrati Fund competition is now open.

The Photocrati Fund offers a $5,000 grant to one photographer each year to undertake an 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.

The winner and top finishers are selected by a prestigious panel of some of the world’s top environmental and cultural photographers – past judges of the grant have included Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe and Jim Brandenburg.

We are so honored to have the chance to work with our esteemed panel of judges, and we love the chance to see so many incredible projects from photographers around the globe.

We really believe in the power of great imagery to make a difference in the world. And we are excited to be able to support one Photocrati Fund Fellow each year with a unique upfront grant. We know, from experience, how difficult it can be to secure funding and platforms for photography projects. Our fellowship is part of our commitment to help ensure that important stories get told.

Applications for the 2013 Photocrati Fund competition will be accepted from Tuesday, January 15, 2013 through Tuesday April 30, 2013 (11:59 p.m. Mountain Time). The grant winner will be announced at the end of June 2013.

Grant applicants should submit a one-page project statement (including a rough budget) and bio, along with a link to an online portfolio of 20-30 themed images to: fund@photocrati.com. Please put “2013 Photocrati Fund” in the subject of the email. For complete Photocrati Fund rules and guidelines please see visit the 2013 Photocrati Fund page at Photocrati.com.

To learn about Peter DiCampo’s winning 2012 project, Life Without Lights, please visit the 2012 Photocrati Fund blog post at Photocrati.com. To view the 2011 winner and top finishers, please visit the 2011 Photocrati Fund blog post.