The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, an annual award that gives a $35,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project, is now open for submissions. Named for renowned humanist photographer W. Eugene Smith, the grant is presented to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follow in his tradition of dedicated compassion in photographic essays. This year also introduces a new grant for students, which awards $4,000 and only costs $1 to submit.
Now in its 39th year (the first grant was given in 1980), the Smith Fund has previously been given to photographers including: Marc Asnin, Letizia Battaglia, Matt Black, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Lu Guang, Robin Hammond, Graciela Iturbide, Krisanne Johnson, James Nachtwey, Darcy Padilla, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Sebastião Salgado, Mikhael Subotzky, Peter van Agtmael. Last year's winner was Daniel Castro Garcia, whose project Foreigner: I Peri N’Tera (a Sicilian colloquialism that translates as "feet on the ground”), is part of an ongoing study of the migrant/refugee crisis in Europe (focusing on Sicily, Italy) and captures the lives of those who survived the long journey across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea.
The deadline for submitting applications to either grant is May 31, 2018. The grants will be presented at an annual ceremony at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theater in New York City on October 17. For more information or to apply, visit: smithfund.org.