Documentary Photography Distribution Grants

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Traditional media offer limited opportunities for presenting documentary photographs in a way that creates a meaningful and lasting impact on the communities or issues addressed in the images.

The Open Society Institute's Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change.

All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-based organization) that will work with the photographer to design an innovative distribution strategy that targets specific communities and advocates for social change.

The partner must engage with the photographer to accomplish these goals-and not just fund or publish the project.

Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded.


  • Proposals must present strong images that are contextualized, when necessary, with text, sound, or other media.
  • Proposals must address a current social justice issue.
  • Preference will be given to work that coincides with the issues and geographical areas that concern OSI.
  • Proposals must engage a specific audience, community, and/or site and use creative distribution strategies that are tailored specifically for that context.
  • Applicants must partner with an organization that will provide administrative, programmatic, and financial and/or in-kind support.

    The following projects are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects that involve the making of new photographs.
  • Projects whose only goal is to raise awareness in a general way.
  • Book production.
  • Gallery exhibitions that serve only the interests of the photographer or the gallery.
  • Dated material, unless the project serves a historical purpose.
  • Documentary film or video.

    Application Deadline : June.

    For more grants information and applications, see: Documentary Photography Distribution Grants.

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