05 June 2014
The W. Eugene Smith Fund Board of Trustees has announced that the annual Howard Chapnick Grant is now open for entries. The grant was established in 1996 by the Smith Fund and friends of Howard Chapnick to honor his memory as the head of the Black Star photo agency, and encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. Deadline to apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant is 15 July 2014.
The $5,000 grant may also be used to further education or research initiatives, as well as long-term sabbatical projects or internships. In addition, the Fund’s Board of Trustees said that special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.
“Howard Chapnick understood how important it was to support photojournalists and help them share their stories with the world,” explains Marcel Saba, president of the Smith Fund. “While it was the photographer who created the images, it was Howard who created the story by combining selections from bodies of work to give outsider’s and insider’s look at what was happening. This annual grant honors his legacy and provides an opportunity for others to continue their great works in his memory.”
Last year's Howard Chapnick Grant was presented to FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization that provides photography workshops to Haitian youth and adults. FotoKonbit is using the $5,000 grant to produce a ten-day workshop for a group of Haitian students the organization has been working with in the fishing village of Labadie.
Other past Chapnick Grant recipients include photo educator David Spear, a two-time recipient, whose 2012 grant funded a project at the Two Eagle River School on Montana’s Flathead Reservation; Ryan Libre, founder and director of Documentary Arts Asia, whose 2011 award went toward building a documentary arts library and gallery in Thailand; Chinese photo educator Ren Yue, who engaged young Chinese photographers and students to record the changing landscape in Beijing in 2008; Daylight magazine co-founder Michael Itkoff, whose 2006 grant went to support the publication of Daylight’s fifth issue; among several others.
About The Smith Fund Grant
The Smith Fund Grant is named for the legendary documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith. Now in its 35th year the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has become the one of the longest standing and most prestigious awards in photojournalism. An annual grant of $30,000 is given to a photographer to complete a project deemed most worthy by a panel of jurors.
Image: An image from the Fotokonbit project, Haiti, winner of the 2013 grant.