10 Photography Grants and Scholarships for Amateurs and Professionals

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I'm a freelance travel, culture and documentary photographer based in the Philippines. My passion lies in creating images that communicate a strong sense of place and cultural awareness in unique, challenging situations. You can see my work at www.jacobimages.com

For many of us photographers, whether hobbyists or professionals, there are times when additional resources are needed to continue or progress our work. Photography projects can be very time intensive and often require a lot of financial resources to see them to the end. I am a big believer in hard work, but without financial support our hard work can often go nowhere. One avenue of finding those financial resources is through photography grants or scholarships. I have complied a short list of ongoing photography grants and scholarships for those amateurs, students or working professionals. Again, this is a short list and there are many others out there if you search for them. Those listed below cover most all genera of photography, but most emphasis editorial, photojournalism and documentary.

FFH_Logowhite_ltblue4Focus for Humanity (FFH):
FFH offers a Fellowship of up to US$5,000 for a non full-time photographer keen to focus on photography as a career and probably within the humanitarian or cultural field, but who needs that final push or help to overcome that last barrier that is stopping them turning full-time. The fellowship is awarded by means of a competitive portfolio review and an assessment of an online application form.

391px-Getty_Images_Logo.svgGetty Images:
Getty Images offers two types of grant. The first, Grants for Editorial Photography, is available to both professionals and students. Since 2005, they have awarded five Grants for Editorial Photography annually to professional photojournalists. Each grant provides $20,000, plus editorial, logistical and promotional support. They also award four student grants of $5,000 per year to photojournalism students at accredited schools. The second, Grants for Good, consists of two grants of $15,000 annually, to cover photographer, filmmaker and agency costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice.

jg_navbar3_r1_c1John Gutman Photography Fellowship: Open only for U.S. Citizens
For over sixty years, John Gutmann made an imprint as an artist and educator on the development of photography as an art form. Through his philanthropic generosity, annual awards of up to $5,000 are made to emerging photographers showing professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment, and need in the field of photography. Candidates for Gutmann Fellowships are nominated by an appointed jury.The annual award of $5,000 will be given to one or a number of emerging photographers, showing professional accomplishments, serious artistic commitment and need in the field of creative photography: Students are not eligible. Nominated photographer must be a U.S. citizen: The fellowship is limited to photographers, however the definition as to what constitutes photography will be at the discretion of the jurors. The award funds are to be used as the recipient(s) deem appropriate.

imagesThe Photocrati Fund:
The Photocrati Fund offers $5000 grants to emerging photographers to undertake important humanitarian and environmental photography projects. Their goal is to identify outstanding, up-and-coming photographers and give them the resources necessary to pursue projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world.

beaLogoBlue Earth Alliance:
Blue Earth sponsors photographic projects whose goal is to educate the public about endangered cultures, threatened environments, or current topics of social concern. They are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature, and will consider proposals of any geographic scope, involving the photographic medium (they do not sponsor motion picture projects). Their standard contract sponsors the project for two years.

lucieFoundation_Logo-1Lucie Foundation:
The Lucie Foundation supports professionals and emerging talent who progress the art form of still photography through original subject matter, content, or processes. Our support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory. Their concern isn’t with genre, but rather to support innovative work and to aid in artist visibility through exhibition of new work in a metropolitan gallery setting, as well as publication of the work in book format for increased exposure.

humble.58 AMHumble Arts Foundation:
Humble Arts Foundation established the New Photography Grant in 2007 to help support fine art photography projects in the U.S. and abroad. Given twice annually (fall and spring), the grant is a $1,000 cash award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in contemporary art photography as submitted to Humble Arts Foundation.

logoAaron Siskind Foundation:
The Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) grant program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in still photography and photography-based media.

AlexiaLogoAlexia Foundation:
The professional Alexia Grant was not established with the single purpose of rewarding the best photographers — this is not a portfolio competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can further cultural understanding and world peace by conceiving and writing a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal, and who can demonstrate the ability to visually execute that story with compelling images. There is no mathematical formula for determining grantees, but the proposal and photography must both be considered of the highest quality. The Foundation also provides cash grants to enable student photographers to have the financial ability to produce a picture story that furthers the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

ianparry-logoIan Parry Scholarship:
The Ian Parry Scholarship is designed to award young documentary photographers with a bursary that will enable them to undertake a chosen project and raise their profile in the international photographic community. It is for photographers 24 years old or younger, and is worth £3,000.

18 thoughts on “10 Photography Grants and Scholarships for Amateurs and Professionals

  1. David Cannon

    This is a timely post for a friend of mine in Turkey, Jacob! He could use some funding for a really great project he is working on there and hopefully one of these will pan out for him. I hadn’t seen you post on here in a while, so it’s good to see you on here again! I hope things are going great for you and your family!

    1. Profile photo of Jacob MaentzJacob Maentz Post author

      Hi David…Good to hear that this will be of use for your friend. There are really a lot of opportunities for funding if you put the time in to apply. This is just hitting some of the bigger ones that I’m familiar with. Yeah, things have been a bit busy for me over the last few months, but I plan to keep posting here when time permits. All is well on the family side of things too. :)

      1. Cody

        Jacob, do you know of any grants for sports photographers? I want to get more into that realm, but have limited resources. Thanks for any help you can give me!

  2. Matthew Howell

    I am currently passionate about filming short films regarding sensitive subjects in youth/kids that need to be addressed from an inspirational point of view. To help encourage and teach how to handle situations or how to overcome obstacles. Is there a grant or some other source of funding that would help me raise funds for the equipment needed?

  3. Link

    Can these grants be used for Photography Students? I’m going for my bachelor’s and would love to get as much funding as possible towards my schooling.

  4. Brittany

    Im 14 years old, and I’m in 9th grade. Im taking photography next year and i love it, out side of school. My dad told me to start looking to some scholarships and I found this page. I like to take pictures of nature and animals, and looking for some scholarships still not sure on how they work but I know they go toward college which is great. If anyone knows where I can go to look at scholarships that would be great . Or any type of teen photography websites or camps.

  5. Renerio Duallo

    Hai sir, im Mr. Renerio Duallo from the Philippines… 19 years old. Taking pictures is my passion, and I love it. Its one of my dream to become one the famous photographer in the philippines and in the entire country. But we have not enough money but still its not hindrance to pursue my dreams. I hope you can give me a chance to be one of your sholars. Thank you :))

  6. Rebekah Holderman

    Hi, my name is Rebekah Holderman from a small town in North Carolina. I’m 17 years old and am a senior in high school. Photography is truely my passion and has been for a while. I currently am running my own photography “business” if you would say, and I love it. I am busy taking photographs at weddings, family portraits, senior session, artistic nature photos, and many more. My goal after high school to attend Lees-McRae College in the mountains of Banner Elk, NC. And to persue my dream, LMC requires a lot of money per year, therefore I am diligently searching for any and every scholarship opportunities I can grab. I hope you consider my story and give me a chance! Thanks so much.

  7. Richard

    Im a 20 year old male grade 12 graduate living in a small country called swaziland in the african continent.photographing is my passion and it is in my veins,i need some assistance to be taken for some indoor lessons and the problem is in my country there is none photographing schools hence i realy need it as my carreer.i was so amazed when i had a tour to australia when i found these schools every where so pliz come and rescue me im hungry for succes

  8. David

    Some good sources listed here for grants. Thank you, Jacob, but I’d like to see more sources that have an interest in images shot on FILM. If there are any, please let us know.

  9. chirag dua

    I m a college student and I m doing mass communication .I want to be a wildlife photographer and m very passionate for animals and new places.and I love travelling not for the sake because i want to travel the world.

  10. Scott Rogers

    My name is Scott Rogers, 43 and I live in Sioux City IA. I have a Associates Degree in Computer Technology that went no where. I now drive a delivery truck for a roofing company that is killing me. I have always loved photography and I am always snapping pics and video. I want to get more involved in photography, maybe as a possible retiring career. My problem is that my wife can not work full time, so stuff got tight. Is there any grants or funding that might help me get a better camera and pay for local classes? Can u please let me know. Thank you Scott teknojunky@live.com

  11. jarodlee knoetze

    hi there im a 16 year old photographer and would like to take my path in photography i currenty shoot school functions , sport events and swiming galas i use school photography equipment and cameras i live in south africa in durban and go to westvile boys high school currently doing grade 11 i would do anythign in the world to have an oppertunity to have my own equipment andstudy much futher and do plenty of photo shooting i have 3 year experince with cameras and would love to take it futher thanks for listening to m story .

  12. alisha bailey

    So I am a junior in high school looking for a photography scholarship. I’d like to go to college next year for photography but I’m.not sure I can afford it on my own. I just don’t know what to do.

  13. Niladri Sarkar

    Hi.. Very much interested on above scholarships. I m niladri sarkar from india, i was in IT field which was so suffocate situation for me. I started taking snaps from those days . Right away i started photography as my future look ups. I cnt stay without what i see , with explanation. I am trying get some perfect match for my studies on photography. Help need. Thank u…

  14. dixit

    Hello sir.i m dixit 16 years old & i m from india.i m studying in 11th science,its about to over..but i m very much interested in wildlife photography, and natural, but i m confused which photography course or degree or scholarship should choose. What should i do to go abroad for studying in photograp. Thank u.

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