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Strategies for Photographers: Applying for Competitions

Monday, March 4

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund at Aperture presents a panel discussion that offers an insiders’ perspective on jurying photography competitions. Many photographers sustain their careers through grants and fellowships, and for over thirty years the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography has been one of the most prestigious in the field. The panel brings together W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund board members David Friend (Vanity Fair), W. M. Hunt (Dancing Bear), Robert Pledge (Contact Press), Marcel Saba (Redux Pictures), and Lauren Wendle (PDN), all seasoned jurors who will share their experiences judging competitions, including those held by the Smith Memorial Fund, World Press Photo, World Photo Organization, Getty Images, PDN, and American Photography, among others.

The panel will be preceded by an afternoon press conference announcing the call for entries for the 2013 Smith Fund Fellowship.

The Smith Fund Fellowship of $30,000 is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his forty-five-year career as a photographic essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography.

Smith Fund recipients represent a “Who’s Who” of twentieth-century documentary photography in the humanistic tradition of Gene Smith. Recent W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund recipients include Peter von Agtmael (2012), Krisanne Johnson (2011), Darcy Padilla (2010), Lu Guang (2009), Mikhael Subotzky (2008), Stephen Dupont (2007), Paolo Pellegrin (2006), and Pep Bonet (2005).

Visit for more information. Entries for this year’s competition are due by the end of May.

Image: © Peter van Agtmael, 2012 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellow

Strategies for Photographers: Applying for Competitions