The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Network Program announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. The grant is being offered to:
visually document issues of importance in the region; and
provide training and support to photographers from the region.
Approximately 10 cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 each will be awarded to photographers to produce a photo essay on a current human rights or social issue in the region. Grantees will participate in two master-level workshops on visual storytelling through photography and multimedia. These workshops are led by internationally-recognized photographers and industry professionals who will then provide ongoing mentorship and support throughout the six-month grant term.
Details & Information
The six-month grant program will provide up to 10 regionally based photographers with:
Audio equipment and software
Two advanced training workshops
Ongoing Coaching/Mentorship throughout the grant period
Deadlines to keep your project on track
Publicity and promotion of the work produced
Opportunity for follow-up support to distribute the finished work
History and Background
At the core of the grant program is the desire to support creative work that uses photography as a means of critically exploring current social problems. The program was created to support artists from the region who will contribute to civil society in their home countries, and when appropriate bring those issues to an international stage through longer term documentary work rather than news photography. Based on our experience with prior grant programs and workshops for photographers, grantees have the best chance for personal and professional growth through guided artistic development, project assistance, and professional education. We are also responding to a lack of affordable, advanced training programs for photographers in the region, which will enable them to compete in international markets.
We are also committed to furthering public dialogue around issues relevant to the work of the Open Society Foundations. As such, proposals will be carefully judged by Open Society Foundations staff and outside advisors to ensure that the issues are urgent and timely.
To apply, please go to:
The deadline for applying is December 3, 2010 at 6pm EST.
Exhibition Producer and Outreach Coordinator
Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project
The grant will begin in July 2011 and end in late January or early February 2012.
more informations here: apply.docphoto.soros.org