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3 February 2020

The W. Eugene Smith Fund, now in its 41st year, has announced it is accepting applications for its 2020 Grants and Fellowships in Humanistic Photography. This year, more than $65,000 will be presented to documentary photographers and others providing exceptional services to the photographic community.

The House That Bleeds. From 2019 Smith Grant recipient Yael Martinez's series on the missing in Mexico.

This year's awards include:

  • W. Eugene Smith Grant: $40,000
  • W. Eugene Smith Fellowship: $5,000
  • W. Eugene Smith Special Awards: Two for $2,500
  • W. Eugene Smith Student Grant: $5,000 (increased from $4,000)
  • Howard Chapnick Grant: $10,000 (increased from $5,000)

Since 1979, the W. Eugene Smith Fund has presented more than $1 million in grants and fellowships to photographers around the world

For more information see the news release below.

W. Eugene Smith Fund Announces 2020 Call for Entries: Smith/Student/Chapnick Grants, Fellowships and Special Awards

41st annual grant offers $65,000 in humanistic photography; extends partnerships with international community to create entrant diversity and waive application fees based on merit and financial need

New York, N.Y. -- The W. Eugene Smith Fund has announced it is now accepting applications for its 41st annual Grant in Humanistic Photography. Since the Fund's inception in 1979, it has awarded over one million dollars to photographers whose past work and proposed projects follow the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's career as a photographic essayist. The Smith Fund will present more than $65,000 in grants, fellowships and special awards this year with one recipient receiving a $40,000 grant to complete their project. All entries are judged by a panel of internationally recognized industry experts.

In addition, The Smith Fund is accepting applications for several other grants, fellowships and special awards this year including the 24th annual Howard Chapnick Grant, which honors an individual for his or her leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism; the 3rd annual Eugene Smith Student Grant open to all collegiate-level students; and several fellowships and special awards presented to other applicants at the judge's discretion.

The Smith Fund also announced it will expand it partnerships with international photo organizations to encourage documentary photographers from a variety of demographic and socio-economic backgrounds to submit their work to the annual Smith Fund Grant and Fellowships. These partnerships, first established in 2019, give organizations the ability to waive entry fees for select entries in the Smith Grant ($50), Chapnick Grant ($25) and Smith Student Grant ($10).

Photographers and other industry professionals interested in submitting applications for these grants (or interested in learning more about the grants and fellowship), should visit The deadline for submitting applications to all grants, fellowships and special awards is April 30.

Recipients will be announced during a special ceremony in New York City on Oct. 14. Additional information about the awards ceremony will be announced shortly. Attendance will be free and open to the public.

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