We are proud to announce our newest project support awardees…


Matt Black has been photographing in California’s Central Valley for many years. He will be documenting the terrible drought conditions that threaten jobs and ways of life in the area. His portfolio evokes memories of the Farm Security Administration projects of the Great Depression. The new work looking at the valley’s rural agricultural lifestyle will be timely and important, not only to those of us in the Western United States, but to the whole country. To see more of Matt’s beautiful work go to http://www.mattblack.com.


Our new Emerging Vision award goes to Mafalda Rakos of Vienna, Austria. We were impressed by her body of work and the thought she put into articulating her goals and the importance of her subject matter. She will put her own distinctive vision to the issue of body image and eating disorders. Mafalda’s website is http://mafaldarakos.com.

We are excited about the work that will be done by these two exciting and dedicated photographers. Thanks to everyone who applied. We looked at so much fantastic work. We would love to fund everyone; for now, we expect our next call to begin in June 2014.


To see some of the photos they submitted, see our Awards page…


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