2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipients Named

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The Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced that New York-based photographer Krisanne Johnson is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for I Love You Real Fast, a five-year project documenting young women coming of age amidst the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. The project earned her a $30,000 grant to continue her ongoing work to explore the struggles and triumphs of women in Swaziland and other parts of the world. The Grant recipients were selected from 291 entries from 40 countries. You can see Krisanne’s winning submission here.

I Love You Real Fast is on exhibit now at The Half King in New York City through November 26.

The announcement was made during a reception last night at the Asia Society in New York. Sebastian Junger, the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and War, director (with Tim Hetherington) of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, and contributor for Vanity Fair, gave the keynote presentation.

“I am truly honored to receive a Grant from an organization bearing W. Eugene Smith’s name,” says Krisanne Johnson. “This recognition will help share the struggles of young women in Swaziland and bring greater attention to a problem that must be addressed. The Smith Grant will also allow me to continue to focus on this and other stories around the world without the restrictions associated with lack of funding.”

In addition, Dominic Bracco received a $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for his documentary, Life and Death in the Northern Pass. Focusing on Ciudad Juarez, quite possibly the most violent city in the world, Bracco explores how society has become so ingrained in a tradition of violence that there is no immediate way out.

Finally, Ryan Libre is recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for “Documentary Arts Asia,” a program to advance visual literacy and support artists in Asia.

Update: W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony

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Journalist Sebastian Junger will give a keynote address at the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony on Wednesday, October 19th in New York City. Junger is the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and War, Vanity Fair contributing editor, and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo.

The $30,000 grant recipient and finalists for the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography will be announced. Other evening programs will feature audio-visual presentations by the finalists and grant recipient as well as:

– On the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, a special presentation of 2007 Smith grant recipient Stephen Dupont’s Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars and The Perils of Freedom.

– Tributes to W. Eugene Smith, including his own commentary on Spanish Village, his acclaimed 1950 LIFE Magazine photo essay.

– The announcement of the $5,000 2011 Howard Chapnick Grant to encourage and support leadership in fields ancillary to photography, such as editing, education, and management.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th Street). Admission is free, and on a first come, first served basis.  The doors will open at 6.30 PM. The ceremony will begin at 7pm with a reception following.

For more information, please go to our redesigned Web site at:
www.smithfund.org

Save the Date: W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund 2011 Grant Ceremony

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The Board of Directors of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund cordially invites you to join us for the annual grant ceremony where the 2011 grant recipient and finalists will be announced. The annual Smith grant of $30,000 is considered one of the most prestigious honors in photojournalism. A special fellowship of $5,000 will also be presented.

The event will occur on Wednesday, October 19th, at 6:30 PM at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St., New York City. Please join us.

The program will include a keynote address, guest speakers (TBA), audio-visual presentations by this year’s finalists, as well as tributes to Smith and past honorees. More details will follow in the official invitation email blast in September.

An RSVP is not necessary. Admission is free, and on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open at 6 PM. The event will be followed by a reception.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. The Smith Grant was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2011, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition.

For more information, please visit our newly redesigned Web site at:

www.smithfund.org

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is sponsored by the generous support of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Open Society Foundations, Asia Society, Blurb, Inc., and Canon USA, with additional support from MediaStorm and Photo District News.

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, INC. Launches New Website

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Deadline for 2011 extended to Friday, June 3rd; judging will commence later this month

NEW YORK, NY – June 1, 2011 – The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund unveiled its newly revamped Website at www.smithfund.org. The portal, redesigned by MediaStorm — incorporating the MediaStorm Player — provides an expanded selection of work from the 33 past recipients of the grant as well as easier site navigation, streamlined online registration for grant applicants, and thumbnail histories of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, the fund itself, and the Howard Chapnick grant. (The deadline for the 2011 grant has been extended to Friday, June 3rd.)

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography—considered by many to be the most prestigious, long-standing honorarium for completion of a photojournalistic project—was created in 1979, a year after Smith’s death. The grant’s mission is to support and encourage photographers producing humanistic photo stories in the tradition of the legendary American photo essayist who sought to expose the truth about issues affecting and afflicting humankind. Between 1980 and 2010, the fund issued grants to 33 recipients from 14 countries, including photographers who were honored at pivotal points in their careers: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Donna Ferrato, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Graciela Iturbide, James Nachtwey, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, and Sebastião Salgado. The fund occasionally issues fellowships to promising projects as part of the judging process for the grant.

Judging for the 2011 grant will commence later this month. The jury will meet a second time in July. The grant ceremony will take place in New York in October, at Asia Society.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is sponsored by the generous support of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), MediaStorm, the Open Society Foundations (OSF), Photo District News (PDN), Blurb, Inc., Canon USA, and Asia Society.

Editors note:
Images for media coverage are available upon request. Please contact: Marcelsaba@reduxpictures.com

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The deadline for the 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is May 31, 2014.

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The deadline for the 2014 Howard Chapnick Grant is July 15, 2014.

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