Traditional media offer limited opportunities for presenting documentary photographs in a way that fosters social change. The Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project supports photographers, working in collaboration with a partner organization, to present their work to specific audiences to stimulate positive social change.
All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit or community-based organization) that agrees to collaborate with the photographer to present the work in innovative ways and to reach out to specific communities to advocate for social change. The partner must engage with the photographer to accomplish these goals—and not just fund or publish the project.
Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded. Read the guidelines here; applications must be received by July 6th, 5 p.m. EST.
Proposals must present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with words, sound, or other media.
Proposals must address a current social justice issue. Preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI.
Proposals must use creative and appropriate strategies to present the work to the public.
Proposals must engage a specific audience or community.
Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide programmatic and financial support.
The following projects are not eligible for funding:
Projects that involve the making of new photographs;
Projects whose only goal is to raise awareness in a general way;
Books absent an advocacy use for the publication;
Gallery exhibitions that serve only the interests of the photographer or the gallery;
OSI cannot support lobbying activities. Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. OSI does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Application, Review, and Selection Process:
To apply, log in to the OSI Online Application System at https://oas.soros.org/oas and submit completed application by Friday, July 6, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please note: Applicants must register as an individual in OAS to access the application for the Documentary Photography Project.