The Here and Now

A Smart Phone Competition

Create a community-based photo documentary using only your phone.

Edit your project down to 10-15 images.
Submit it to us via Drop Box along with:
A one page project description
A one page bio and mission statement
The winning project receives a $500 award. The story will be highlighted on our website.

As with all DPF submissions, The Here and Now must be created with still photographs.
All images must be made with a cell phone.
Your project should be based where you live. We believe there are stories everywhere, including your hometown.
Submissions must be received by November 15, 2014.
There is a $15 entry fee. Pay this by clicking on the “Donate to TheDPF” button and writing here and now in the PayPal Purpose Box.

Questions? Got to FAQ or
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Call-For-Entries Announcement

Our next Call-For-Entries will begin on December 15, 2014 and run through March 30, 2015.
This extended Call will allow you to carefully prepare your submission and receive early feedback if requested.
We are especially interested in helping those of you applying for the Emerging Vision Award.
Awards will be announced by April 30, 2015.

Click on the Call-for-Entries tab for more information.
Any questions? Try the FAQ tab.

Good news: We have become an Affiliate of Pictureline, our favorite photography store. You can now shop online at a great retailer of photographic goods and help TheDPF at the same time. Simply click on the Pictureline link at the bottom of this page to get to their site. Any purchases made in this way mean a donation to TheDPF. Pictureline has a huge inventory of goods, competive pricing and fantastic customer service. Give it a try. Get what you need and donate to documentary photography at the same time.


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The philosopher and psychologist William James once said “the greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

We believe that documentary photography can be that something, for the photographers making the images, those they photograph and the community at large. TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded to enable photographers to do work that will outlast them and impact their communities in positive ways for years to come. Your donation to TheDPF keeps us going. If you believe that art can enlighten, instruct and be a force for change, please show your support right now by clicking on Donate to TheDPF.

To show our appreciation, everyone who donates $100 or more will receive a fine art photographic print from one of our founders or awardees.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Founded in 2012, TheDocumentaryProjectFund is a 501(c)(3) focused on supporting still documentary photography, its photographers and funding projects committed to improving their local communities.

Your interest, enthusiasm and generous donations are greatly appreciated.