Watch for our next Call-For-Entries, Spring 2016

We will be offering 2 Project Support Awards. The first is our regular $5000 award, open to anyone on any topic local to the photographer.
And, thanks to a generous donor, we are offering a second themed award this spring, titled The Economic Divide. This $5000 award will go to a United States based photographer, and can look at this very topical issue in any number of ways. Watch our site and Facebook for more information as we move closer to the Call-For-Entries start date.


TheDocumentaryProjectFund Call-For-Entries is open to emerging and established still photographers. All applicants must have the appropriate skill level necessary to plan and execute a documentary project. Selected artists will have one year to complete the photographic work.

This Call-For-Entries is intended to fund one $5000 project and one $3500 Emerging Vision project. The fund may grant project support to photographers working in conjunction with another nonprofit, provided that group will match our funding. 

Submission Guidelines

Submit applications in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Your name(s), mailing address, email, phone number(s) and a web site (optional) should appear at the top of each page. If you are applying for the Emerging Vision award, add that information at the top of each page. All entries will be submitted electronically via email, in English, as an attachment to:

Submissions are accepted twice a year. Watch the site for exact dates. Each application must include:

Project Statement: 1 page maximum

Include a detailed description of your project, how it relates to your community, how the work will serve to educate others and how you plan to exhibit and promote it. If you are traveling, detail how traveling will benefit your project and your community.

Because we believe that the community should view the work we fund, you will need to articulate your rationale for how you will present the work. If the exhibit will be virtual, how will you attract people to your website? If you are creating a physical gallery exhibit, multimedia presentation or a book, how will you publicize and promote it?

Budget: 1 page maximum

Use the link below to prepare your budget. Note the $300 maximum to be budgeted for travel. We are serious about the idea of local projects.
Project Budget
Your budget should include all projected expenses: materials, travel expenses and exhibition costs. Cameras and equipment should not be included in your budget unless specifically justified as essential. We hope you will include a profit after expenses for yourself.

Personal Statement: 1 page maximum + 1 page CV

Think of this as your mission statement. In one page tell why your work is important. Detail your beliefs about community, the arts and education. Explain how you plan to complete the work in the time frame allowed by discussing how you’ve managed past projects. Page two will be your current resume. Include references. If you are applying for the Emerging Vision award, add a short section to your personal statement telling us why you qualify for this award. 

Images: 10–15 total

Provide a cohesive set of images that illustrate your photographic skills and your experience with the documentary form. You can use a previous project or you can put together a group of images that work well with each other and feel like a project. If you are applying for funding on a project you have already begun, submit images from that work.
We want a sample that gives us a sense of your photographic and project management skills as well as your vision. Don’t send us an unrelated group of single images. Don’t send us your vacation snapshots.

Submit your work in this way only:

1. Use an online service such as YouSendItDropSend or Dropbox. This will allow you to email large, zipped files. The images should be in a .jpg format and sized to 1024 pixels in width for horizontals, 768 pixels in height for verticals. Title each image as follows:



Selection Criteria

The board of TheDocumentaryProjectFund will judge submissions. All decisions are final.

Notification of Award

Award announcements will be made by email. Expect notification approximately one month after the Call’s closing date.

Upon Award

Upon acceptance of the award and your signing of our contract, half of the funds will be dispersed. The second half of the funds will be dispersed at the completion of the project. This half of the support is contingent upon successful execution of the project.

Reporting Requirements During the Awarded Project

The awarded photographer should expect to report to TheDPF Board on the progress of the work every two months, or four times while in progress and again at the project’s completion.

Upon Completion

Once the project is completed, the photographer will notify us about release or exhibition dates and complete a written evaluation of the work.

Copyright and Ownership Agreement

The photographer retains full ownership of all work completed. The DPF will have non–exclusive rights to use images from the project on our website, or in promotional materials. We ask that each awarded photographer be willing to donate 2 image files from the project for use as donor gifts and for fundraising activities.  The printed images will include the photographer’s copyright. The photographer will receive a tax receipt for the number of prints made from the file.
Any use outside of these parameters will be subject to the awardees consent.


Full accounting of all expenses shall be the responsibility of the photographer. A final budget should be included in the project evaluation submitted upon the project’s completion.

Updated December 2013

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