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You are Cordially Invited to Attend the 35th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony

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SAVE THE DATE: W. Eugene Smith Fund Awards in New York City

The 35th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant and awards presentation honors the very best in photojournalism and will take place on at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m.

More than $35,000 in grants will be presented to this year’s nominees, and anyone who is a fan of photojournalism or the very best in documentary photography will want to attend. Admission is FREE!

Event Details

What: 35th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography awards presentation

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 / 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Where: The School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

Why: This annual event honors one of the greatest photojournalists in the history of photography and also honors those who continue to tell the stories of human spirit and condition from around the world. If you love photography, or have an appreciation for the power and impact photography has on society, you will want to be here.

Keynote Presentation: Clarissa Ward, CBS News Foreign Correspondent

RSVP requested:
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Editor’s Note

Images from this year’s award recipients, and press release with details, is available under NDA (and by request). Announcement date is October 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you,

Smith Fund Board of Trustees
Smith Fund Board Members
Marcel Saba: President
W. M. Hunt: Vice-President
Robert Stevens: Secretary
Aaron Schindler: Treasurer
Phillip S. Block: Assistant Treasurer

Stuart Alexander, Rich Clarkson, Lou Desiderio, Stephen Frailey, David Friend, Jodi Garner, Renee Harbers, Whitney Johnson, Daile Kaplan, Helen Marcus, John G. Morris, Robert Pledge, Kria Pollack, Brian Storm, Aidan Sullivan, Lauren Wendle, David Wolf

A Call for Entries

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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Announces Call for Entries for 35th Annual Grant in Humanistic Photography

$30,000 Grant and $5,000 Fellowship Provided to Photographers Whose Proposed Projects Follow W. Eugene Smith’s Humanistic Approach to Storytelling

Howard Chapnick Grant Now Open for Entries

New York, NY – March 5, 2014 – The 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is now open for entries. Photographers interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting SmithFund.org. The Smith Fund also announced that the annual Howard Chapnick Grant for leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing research, education and management, is open for entries. Entries for both grants must be submitted by May 31, 2014.

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. Now in its 35th year, the Grant was established in 1978 in honor of the legendary American photo essayist.

The recipient of the 2014 Smith Award will receive a $30,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to one or more photographers whom the judges feel represent exemplary efforts in humanistic photography.

“We are very excited to open the application process for the 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography,” explains Marcel Saba, President W.Eugene Memorial Fund Smith. “The Smith Fund has supported dozens of world-class photographers who have created bodies of work that illustrate the human condition and provide a voice for those who cannot provide one for themselves. We are very proud of the work that has been produced and shared with the world with the grant money provided by the Smith Fund.”

The Howard Chapnick Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual, and is not to be used for the creation of photographs.

Each year, the Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury who meet twice during the adjudication process and finalists are selected primarily on the basis of the substantive (and intellectual) merit of their project. Finalists will then be asked to submit a comprehensive photographic print portfolio, to write (if necessary) a more detailed and focused proposal, and to answer questions about their project. Grant and Fellowship recipients will be selected based on the detailed proposals.

Photographers interested in learning more or applying for both grants should visit SmithFund.org.

There is a $50 application fee for the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography. No preliminary materials will be returned unless expressly requested by the applicant, and sent accompanied either by a self-addressed stamped envelope or appropriate packaging and a prepaid courier waybill. Non-returned materials will be destroyed at the end of the entire judging process. The Fund is not responsible for loss or damage to any work.

About The Smith Fund Grant

The Smith Fund Grant is named for the legendary documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith. Now in its 35th year the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has become the one of the longest standing and most prestigious awards in photojournalism. A grant of $30,000 is given to a photographer to complete a project deemed most worthy by a panel of jurors.

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Email: lou@pr-synergy.com

Robin Hammond Receives 2013 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography for Condemned — Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis

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Project Takes a Sensitive and Intense Look at Mental Illness and How Government and Society Ignore the Neediest Who Spend Lives Suffering in Silence

–Javier Arcenillas Receives $5,000 Fellowship for “Red Note”–Violence in Latin America–
–FotoKonbit Receives Howard Chapnick Grant to Teach Photo Workshops in Haiti–

Juba, Sudan January 2011.  Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new nation of South Sudan faces a tremendous challenge to build a modern country capable of caring for all of its citizens. ©Robin Hammond/Panos

Juba, Sudan January 2011. Severely mentally disabled men and women are shackled and locked away in Juba Central Prison for years on end. The new nation of South Sudan faces a tremendous challenge to build a modern country capable of caring for all of its citizens. ©Robin Hammond/Panos

New York, NY – October 16, 2013 — The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Robin Hammond is the recipient of its 2013 grant in humanistic photography for his project, Condemned – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, which documents the mental health crisis throughout Africa.  For two years, Hammond visited several regions including South Sudan, Mogadishu, and Somalia, among others, to create awareness about the neglect, abuse, and politics that feed this crisis and provide a voice for those who could not provide one themselves.  As recipient of the award, Hammond will receive a $30,000 grant, which he will use to complete this project.

“I can remember the day I picked up a black-and-white photo book about mercury poisoning in a small town in Japan and everything changed for me that day,” explains Robin Hammond.  “I never knew photos had the ability to move me in such a way, to connect me to people in a faraway place, to sadden and enrage me.  That book was called, “Minamata,” by W. Eugene Smith.

Abdi Rahman Shukri Ali, 26, has lived in a locked tin shack for two years. He stays with his family in Dadaab in Eastern Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp, where Somalis. ©Robin Hammond/Panos

Abdi Rahman Shukri Ali, 26, has lived in a locked tin shack for two years. He stays with his family in Dadaab in Eastern Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp, where Somalis. ©Robin Hammond/Panos

In addition, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund awarded Javier Arcenillas a $5,000 grant for Red Note — Violence in Latin America.  Latin America is considered one of the most violent places in the world, with cities like San Pedro Sula, Guatemala, San Salvador, and Mexico City, among the highest for murders and robberies.  Unstable government policies and uncontrollable drug trafficking into the U.S. add to problem.  Arcenillas spent two months with criminals, victims, and their families, to tell an incredible story of violence, mourning, and fear.

“I cannot express how wonderful it is for my name and my photography to be associated with the name of Eugene Smith,” explains Javier Arcenillas, who was unable to attend the award presentations in New York.  “I do not recall ever feeling more satisfaction than knowing I belong to an illustrious group of photographers who have been honored with this grant.”

31-year-old Karina Marlene was gunned down with 6 shots from a taxi in Zone 10 of Guatemala city. ©Javier Arcenillas

31-year-old Karina Marlene was gunned down with 6 shots from a taxi in Zone 10 of Guatemala city. ©Javier Arcenillas

Citizens cry in the street as shots are fired in the "El Sauce" section of San Pedro Sula. ©Javier Arcenillas

Citizens cry in the street as shots are fired in the “El Sauce” section of San Pedro Sula. ©Javier Arcenillas

National Ex Mareros tattoos for social in INFHA (Honduras Institute of Child and Family), in Tegucigalpa. ©Javier Arcenillas

National Ex Mareros tattoos for social in INFHA (Honduras Institute of Child and Family), in Tegucigalpa. ©Javier Arcenillas

This year’s Howard Chapnick Grant was presented to FotoKonbit, a non-profit organization that provides photography workshops to Haitian youth and adults.  FotoKonbit will use the $5,000 grant to produce a ten-day workshop for a group of Haitian students the organization began working with last year in the fishing village of Labadie.  Named after the legendary director of the Black Star Agency, and co-founder of the Smith Fund, the Howard Chapnick Grant, encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism such as management and education.

Smith grant recipients were selected from entries received from more than 42 countries.

Award recipients presented their work on Wednesday evening to a capacity crowd at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater in New York City.  Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for the New Yorker, gave the keynote presentation.  Mr. Anderson has reported from numerous countries for the magazine since 1998 and covered the conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and others. He is the author of several books, including “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” “The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan,” and “The Fall of Baghdad.” He currently lives in England.

In addition to Anderson’s keynote, presentations included “W. Eugene Smith, Myself and Minamata: 1971-2012” with Takeshi Ishikawa sharing his unique collaboration with Smith in post WW II Japan. In addition, Gideon Mendel, a Smith Fund recipient in 1996, gave a special presentation of his ground-breaking work on the AIDS epidemic in Africa, which he was able to complete using his Smith grant.

“Smith Fund 2013 Grant recipient Robin Hammond’s Condemned is a powerful look at people balanced on the edge of life who are generally neglected, forgotten and often abused, says Sarah Leen, Senior Editor, Photo Story Development at National Geographic and juror for this year’s grant.  “His images, often shocking but always tender, highlight this tragedy and search for moments of hope. His work stood out among many worthy candidates including Javier Arcenillas who is receiving the $5,000 Fellowship for his project about violence in Central and South America.”

“To document the mental health impact of crises in sub-Saharan Africa for this project, I travelled to war ravaged regions of eastern Congo, South Sudan, Mogadishu, northern Uganda and Liberia and spent time with the displaced in Somalia and Dadaab,” Hammond recalls. “I witnessed mental illness caused by horrors experienced and those with mental disabilities from birth. I discovered an entire section of communities abandoned by their governments, forgotten by the aid community, neglected and abused by entire societies; A voiceless minority condemned to lives of quiet misery.  The worst was the children – wide eyed with fear, faces aged from never having known the touch of love.”

“Robin Hammond takes photographs that bring home with a profound force the plight of some of the most vulnerable human beings on earth: the mentally ill from underprivileged countries,” explains Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, Nationally Gallery in Ottawa, Canada and juror for the 2013 Smith Grant.  “Extremely powerful and sensitively executed, Hammond’s images, once seen, are not forgotten.  They are testimony to the continuing legacy of Eugene Smith and his belief that we should not turn a blind eye to the suffering of others but by witnessing and recording, and try to bring about change for the better.”

Additional finalists in the annual grant awards program for 2013 include, Bharat Choudhary, Edmond Clark, Maxim Dondyuk, Sebastian Liste, Benjamin Lowy, Pierpaolo Mittica, Ebrahim Noroozi, Sim Chi Yin, and Christian Warner.

“Gene Smith was the icon of photojournalism, combining artistry, story-telling and insightful commitment to what pictures can convey,” explains Rich Clarkson, head of Rich Clarkson and Associates, longtime Smith Board member and third juror of this year’s award entries.  “The award was created to both honor Smith and recognize and encourage other talented and dedicated photojournalists to continue their own style of photography while maintaining the deep-rooted integrity Eugene Smith established so many years ago.”

Now in its 34th year, the continued interest and demand for photographic grants is a great testament to W. Eugene Smith, a true pioneer in exploring the human condition and exposing the truth with his camera.  Established in 1979, its primary purpose is to support and encourage photographers producing humanistic photo stories in the style of the legendary American photojournalist who sought to expose the truth about issues affecting and afflicting humankind.

Cash awarded to recipients of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grants is supported by generous contributions from American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Anastasia Photo, Canon USA, The Harbers Family Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.  Additional Smith Fund support is provided International Center of Photography, MediaStorm, NYC Fotoworks, Photo District News, School of Visual Arts BFA Photography; MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments and Synergy Communications, Inc.

The 2012 Howard Chapnick Grant is co-sponsored by Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC, NYC FOTOWORKS, and The Harbers Family Foundation.

About The Smith Fund Grant

The Smith Fund Grant is named for the legendary documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith.  Now in its 34th year the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has become the one of the longest standing and most prestigious awards in photojournalism.  A grant of $30,000 is given to a photographer to complete a project deemed most worthy by a panel of jurors.  This year’s jurors included Rich Clarkson, Ann Thomas, Sarah Leen, and Marcel Saba.

You Are Cordially Invited to Attend the Smith Grant Ceremony

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The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund extends an open invitation to attend the ceremony for the 34th Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.

Event Details

W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony
October 16, 2013
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Event runs 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission, limited seating

The School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

The program will include presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant and fellowship recipients and finalists, a unique tribute to the work of W. Eugene Smith, a special keynote speech, and the announcement and presentation of the 2013 jurors’ discretionary grant, the 2013 Howard Chapnick grant, and the 2013 W. Eugene Smith Grant.

About The Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of the compassionate dedication exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is funded by generous contributions from American Society of Media Photographers, the Open Society Foundations, the International Center for Photography, NYCFotoWorks, Harbers Family Foundation, Canon USA, MediaStorm, the School of Visual Arts, and Photo District News.

For more information visit www.smithfund.org.

A Call for Entries

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W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013

Grant: $30,000
Discretionary Fellowship: $5,000
To Apply: http://smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant

Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

Howard Chapnick Grant 2013

Grant: $5,000
To Apply: http://smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant

Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013

Established in 1979 in honor of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), the legendary American photo essayist, the Smith grant is given to a photographer who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s humanistic photography. Administered by the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, an independent non-profit organization, the $30,000 annual grant provides photographers with the financial freedom to continue or complete a major photographic project. The grant has often been referred to as the most prestigious honor in the field of documentary photography.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from:

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP); Open Society Foundations; Harbers Family Foundation; The International Center of Photography; School of Visual Arts BFA Photography; MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments; and Canon USA, with the support of MediaStorm; Photo District News; and Synergy Communications, Inc.

Prior Recipients of the Grant for Humanistic Photography (Representing 14 Countries):

Marc Asnin, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Letizia Battaglia, Ernesto Bazan, Ellen Binder, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Stephen Dupont, Carl DeKeyzer, Donna Ferrato, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Lu Guang, Graciela Iturbide, Krisanne Johnson, Alain Keler, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Dario Mitidieri, James Nachtwey, Darcy Padilla, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Milton Rogovin, Sebastião Salgado, Mikhael Subotzky, Vladimir Syomin, Peter van Agtmael, John Vink, and Kai Wiedenhöfer.

Howard Chapnick Grant

Established in 1996 by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Howard Chapnick Grant encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education, and management. The grant honors the memory of Howard Chapnick and his enormous commitment to photojournalism.

The annual $5,000 Chapnick Grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, such as an educational program, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. Special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the direct productions of photographs.

Recipients of the Howard Chapnick Grant will be selected by the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.

The Howard Chapnick Grant is supported by Harbers Family Foundation.

2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipients Named

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Disco Night September 11,” Which Looks at Conflicts of Afghan War on American Soil, Gives Peter van Agtmael Top Honors in W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

Massimo Berruti Receives Smith Fellowship for “The Dusty Path,” Which Looks at the Violence and Political Corruption That Has Enveloped Once Peaceful Pakistan

David J. Spear and Two River Eagle School Receive Howard Chapnick Grant for “Our Community Record,” to Help Students Document Culture and History

NEW YORK, NY — October 17, 2012 – The Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced that Brooklyn, New York photographer Peter van Agtmael is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for Disco Night September 11, an American view of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project earned Mr. van Agtmael a $30,000 grant to continue focussing on these wars, subjects that otherwise would be difficult to finance.

In addition, Massimo Berruti from Italy received a $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for his documentary, The Dusty Path, which looks at Pakistan, a one-time peaceful nation now caught up in violence and political corruption…”a trembling giant on the brink of a deep abyss,” as Massimo Berruti describes it.

In addition to the W. Eugene Smith Grant and Fellowship awards, the annual Howard Chapnick Grant of $5,000 was presented to David J. Spear and the Two River Eagle School, a tribal middle and high school on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, (USA) for “Our Community Record.” The project was created as a way for the students to connect with their community by documenting their culture and history through photography.

Smith Grant recipients were selected from entries received from more than 43 countries.

The presentations were made to a capacity crowd at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater on West 23rd street in New York City. Kimberly Dozier, AP correspondent and author of the book, “Breaking the Fire: Fighting to Report and Get Back to the Fight,” gave the keynote presentation.

“It was one of the great validations of my career to receive the W. Eugene Smith Grant,” explains Peter van Agtmael. “I tremendously admire Smith’s work, integrity and legacy, as well as that of the winners over the years. It will allow me to pursue work that otherwise would be difficult to finance. Most stories have a short media shelf life, yet their importance continues well beyond their presence in the public eye. This is a value that Smith embodied with his work and it’s an honor to continue in that tradition.”

“I was in bed checking my email one night when I received word that I received the Smith Fellowship award,” recalls Massimo Berruti who didn’t sleep at all after receiving the news. “There are many issues and stories I want to work on for the future and this gives me immense motivation, and tremendous pride, knowing that my stories are seen and have an impact.”

“What I find absolutely astonishing is the level of photography we continue to see year after year,” says Marcel Saba, President, Redux Pictures, LLC., and President of the Board of Trustees for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award. “The quality of the proposals is inspiring and visually expresses the passion, and respect these photographers have for their subjects, and their craft. It is a wonderful homage to Smith who was himself an early innovator and master of the photo essay. The works of Mr. van Agtmael, Mr. Berruti, Mr. Spear, and his students exemplify the power of photography and how it can foster change when needed, and build communications bridges between generations of people.”

“It seems that each year we are completely overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness, passion, and professionalism we see in the entries we receive and it is we, the judges, who are humbled by the works of these documentary photographers,” explains Lauren Wendle, Vice President & Publisher, Photo District News, and Jury Chair for the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant. “I see great photography everyday but photojournalism and documentary photography explore the joys and sorrows of everyday life and bring new dimensions to our perspective on life, and our own lives in particular.”

The adjudication panel for the W. Eugene Smith Grant included Lauren Wendle (President & Publisher, Photo District News, and Jury Chair for the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography), Susan Bright (Curator and Writer), and Kira Pollack (Director of Photography at TIME Magazine).

The 2012 panel of judges for the Howard Chapnick Grant was drawn from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Board of Trustees including Rich Clarkson (co-founder of the Howard Chapnick Grant), Helen Marcus (photographer), Robert Pledge (President, Contact Press Images), and Marcel Saba (President of Redux Pictures LLC and President of the Smith Fund).

Additional Finalists

  • Michael Christopher Brown (USA) “A State of Ashes, Libya”
  • Bharat Choudhary (India) “The Silence of Others”
  • Jon Lowenstein (USA), “Shadow Lives USA”
  • Justin Maxon (USA) “When the Spirit Moves”
  • Ami Vitale (USA) “Watching the Second Hand of a Clock”
  • Farzana Wahidy (Afghanistan) “The New Young Generation of Afghan Women”
  • Robert Yager (United Kingdom/USA) “Loaded”

Now in its 33rd year, the continued interest and demand for photographic grants is a great testament to W. Eugene Smith, a true pioneer in exploring the human condition and exposing the truth with his camera. Established in 1979, its primary purpose is to support and encourage photographers producing humanistic photo stories in the style of the legendary American photojournalist who sought to expose the truth about issues affecting and afflicting humankind.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Open Society Foundations, School of Visual Arts BFA Photography; MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments and Canon USA, with the support of MediaStorm, Photo District News and Synergy Communications, Inc. The 2012 Howard Chapnick Grant is co-sponsored by Rich Clarkson and Associates LLC and NYC FOTOWORKS.

Attend the Smith Grant Ceremony

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The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund extends an open invitation to attend the ceremony for the 33rd Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in the Humanistic Photography and Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism.

W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony
October 17, 2012
Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:00 pm
Reception will follow
Free admission, limited seating

The School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

The program will include presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant and fellowship recipients and finalists, a unique tribute to the work of W. Eugene Smith, a special keynote speech, and the announcement and presentation of the 2012 jurors’ discretionary grant, the 2012 Howard Chapnick grant, and the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant.

About The Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of the compassionate dedication exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year photojournalism career. The grant enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic projects.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is funded by generous contributions from American Society of Media Photographers, Canon USA, MediaStorm, the Open Society Foundations, and School of Visual Arts.

For more information email aschindler@wagroupllc.com or visit www.smithfund.org.

*Photo: W. Eugene Smith, Steel Mill Worker, Pittsburgh, 1955

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.

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