New photography grants aim to help women photojournalists tell visual, impactful stories
posted Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:00 AM EST
Women Photograph has established four grants aimed at increasing the amount of women in photojournalism. The primary grant, which is supported by the Pulitzer Center, offers $5,000 for established photographers. Three other grants, worth $2,500 and financed by bag-maker ONA, are aimed at emerging photojournalists.
Founder of Women Photograph, Daniella Zalcman, who is herself a photographer, told TIME “These grants are meant to in some small way help elevate the voices of female (and non-binary) visual journalists. The main grant is another tool to help women work on the stories that are most important to them — which is always an integral part of developing a voice as a photographer. While the Women Photograph database is only open to photographers with five or more years of experience, I deeply believe in the need for more structured support for emerging female photographers, whether in the form of mentorship or funding for independent projects, so I hope the emerging photographer grants will help support a few young journalists who have the passion and the drive to go work on their own projects but maybe lack the institutional support."
If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for the new grants, applications open up on April 1 and the deadline is May 20. You can read more about the grants and the application process here.
For more reading on women in photojournalism and why grants like these matter, read this excellent piece for the New York Times by James Estrin and this recent TIME article by Anastasia Taylor-Lind about women and war photography.