PROOF?s Award for the Emerging Photojournalist

Announcing PROOF?s Award for the Emerging Photojournalist

 About the Award

PROOF knows that emerging photojournalists want to do meaningful projects related to human rights and social justice issues but oftentimes don?t have the funds or connections to do so. For this reason, we?re offering an award to help an emerging photojournalist jumpstart their project by providing funding and support from the media community.
For this award, we have put together a panel of judges including: Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOFEd Kashi of VII, Amy Yenkin from the Open Society Foundations, and Ann Friedman, Executive Editor of GOOD.
The selected photojournalist will receive USD $2500 to put toward their project. The final three candidates will have their work showcased through GOOD. Second and third place finalists will also have the opportunity for a portfolio review with Jamie Wellford of Newsweek.
In addition to the financial award, the winner will also:
– Have the opportunity to directly submit their work to Ed Kashi for review, guidance and feedback, for a period of six months
– Have their work featured on PROOF?s website
– Receive a portfolio and project consultation from Human Rights Watch, a New York based non-profit
Application Guidelines
Eligibility: This award is for emerging photojournalists. For the purposes of this call for entries, the term ?emerging photojournalist? is to be defined as a photojournalist who has an accomplished body of photojournalistic work that a.) has not yet been exhibited or published widely,  b.) demonstrates a commitment to human rights and social justice issues, and c.) does not have agency representationThere are no age or geographic restrictions.

Each application should include the following:

– Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words)
– Project proposal and budget summary (maximum 500 words)
– Portfolio of 10-12 photographs that demonstrate your commitment to human rights and social justice issues
– Resume or CV
– Application fee of USD $10.00 made payable to PROOF: Media for Social Justice

*Application deadline is March 15th, 2012. 5pm EST

Complete details regarding submission specifications are available on our EntryThingy call for entries page.
Contact in case of any technical difficulties during the application process. Note: Applications submitted via email will not be considered for the award.

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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