22 Apr Photojournalism Passion Projects now open for submissions
Update: the deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 20th, at 11:59pm.
Got a documentary photography project burning inside you?
The SPJ Western Washington Passion Projects award is now open to Washington state photojournalists with an outstanding idea and superb portfolio to back it up. This year’s grant awards have risen to $3,000 and $1,000 for first and second place.
All submissions must be documentary-style projects focused on issues of social, environmental, economic or political concern. Projects must follow the Newspaper Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) Code of Ethics.
To apply please submit one PDF or MS Word doc and include:
- CONTACT info
- SYNOPSIS: In fewer than 30 words, write a summary of the project.
- PROPOSAL: Please submit a description of your project, up to 750 words, including what it is, why it’s important, why you’re the very best photographer to do it and how you hope it will be presented to the public when all is said and done. Photographers may propose projects that are already in progress or in the early stages. The projects must be self-initiated and self-funded (rights owned by the photographer). The project can be photographed anywhere around the world but the photographer must currently be a working photojournalist in WA state. Please include relevant research, contacts and a URL to any photographs associated with the project.
- BIO: up to 250 words.
- WEBSITE: Please include the photojournalistâ€™s web page.
Submit your application toÂ firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line â€œPassion Projectsâ€ by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 20.
Winners will be announced at the SPJ Wash Gala in Seattle on June 21.
To help with your application, read about how the judge’s chose last year’s winners here or check out prior Passion Project winners projects in this article.
SUPPORT THE PASSION PROJECTS Click on this link and specify â€œNorthwest Passion Projectsâ€
The Pew Research Center reported photographers and visual journalists have been the newsroom staffers hit hardest by layoffs throughout the United States. Their jobs have been trimmed by about half during the last 10 years.Â More than ever, photographers and videographers are self-funding important documentary projects within our communities.
PASSION PROJECTS 2018 WINNERS JOVELLE TAMAYO AND RAMON DOMPOR
Received $1,000 for their project, â€œThe Deportedâ€ documenting the effects of immigrant detention and deportation on families in the US.
They write, “We are deeply grateful to fellow photojournalists for giving back to the community and for the support theyâ€™ve given us since we moved to Seattle. Receiving the Passion Projects grant helped us offset the cost of starting our project on immigrant detention and deportation, and energized us to keep creating. Now, more than a year later, Alex, the focus of our story so far, finally has an immigrant visa interview date for his return to Vermont. We hope one of us can join them in New England to document his pending reunion with his family.
Issues of migration and family separation are deeply personal to us, and we intend to produce work that reflects that. Opportunities like this are important for the journalism industry, which in many ways fails to meet the needs of our communities because of disconnect and a lack of representation. ”
PASSION PROJECTS 2018 WINNER SOFIA JARAMILLO
Received $500 for her project â€œMigrant Sheepherdersâ€.
Jaramillo writes, “The SPJ grant furthered my project by giving me the opportunity to spend more time with the main character in my story. Funding from the grant covered travel expenses so I could photograph one of the sheepherders while he worked deep in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. I spent over a week walking with one of the herders and photographing him as he traveled throughout the mountains with his sheep. With the photos I took then, I was able to show the remoteness of sheepherding and what the herder’s daily life looks like.”
The final domestic side of the sheepherding project was published on the NYT lens blog in January. Jaramillo also presented her work duringÂ Forterraâ€™sÂ AmpersandÂ LIVE event in Seattle last year.
Jaramillo adds, “This grant is important because it not only provides resources for photographers who might not otherwise have them, but support from a community that believes in quality journalism. Beyond the financial help, encouragement and support from the judges and friends inspired me. To have funding and then to also know that others support the work you’re doing is sometimes all you need to get moving on a project. ”DONATE TO THE PASSION PROJECTS
If you love the work of Northwest photojournalists please considering making a donation and specify â€œNorthwest Passion Projectsâ€ in this link. Currently our support comes from SPJ and from print sales donated from the local photojournalism community. We also welcome sponsors. If you have any questions please contact Erika Schultz, Matt McKnight, Genna Martin or Karen Ducey on the Passion Projects committee or write to our local chapter President Ashley Stewart at Â email@example.com.