National Geographic Magazine To Award Second Annual Photography Grant

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2007)—Following its long tradition of supporting and fostering new photographic talent, National Geographic magazine will again award an annual grant of $50,000 to a professional still photographer. In addition to the grant, the magazine will assign a photography editor to provide guidance for a project undertaken by the grantee. The grantee will have full access to all of the facilities provided to the magazine’s regular contributing photographers.

Judges are particularly interested in work that reflects the Society’s goal to convey an understanding and appreciation of the unique — and vulnerable — world in which we live.

“Our goal is to encourage talented individuals who are already working in the field,” said David Griffin, National Geographic magazine’s director of photography. “Last year we were very excited about the caliber of work that came in from all over the world, and we are looking forward to seeing how this year’s submissions compare.”

In the past, National Geographic magazine has awarded grants to photographers whose projects have showcased various cultures — for example, Brooklyn’s Lubavitch culture by Carolyn Drake; Southwest Texas Hispanic culture by Penny De Los Santos; and last year’s winning proposal by Eugene Richards to cover people profoundly affected by the conflict in Iraq.

Any professional photographer whose primary source of income is through his or her photography is eligible. Applications will be accepted from now until Feb. 1, 2008. The application process requires a written statement outlining either a proposed or current project and examples of the applicant’s photography. The work presented should demonstrate an ability to competently photograph the project being undertaken or proposed.

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National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Published in English and 31 local-language editions, the magazine has a global circulation of around 8.5 million. It is sent each month to National Geographic members and is available on newsstands for $4.95 a copy. Single copies can be ordered by calling (800) NGS-LINE, also the number to call to apply for membership in the Society.