Now Announcing the 2011 Photocrati Fund Competition

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

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.

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