The Best Grants for Photography Students
By Jason Marshall
, last updated January 9, 2012
Finding a grant for photography students can be more challenging than finding grants for other fields of study, even in the arts. Though the art of photography has changed with the advent of digital cameras, the need for money to help pay for an education has not gone away. Luckily, there are several lucrative grants for photography students that will reward their creativity and ambition. The following four grants stand out as some of the best opportunities.
Janie Moore Green Grant
The Janie Moore Green Grant is administered through the North American Nature Photography Association, and awards a $1,000 grant to students enrolled in or who have applied to a photography program. The program must be in a recognized institute of higher education, which includes accredited universities, art and design schools, or schools that specialize in photography. To apply, students must submit 3-5 examples of their work and write an essay about why they are pursuing photography. Awards will be disbursed directly to the institution that the winning student is attending.
PhotoPhilantropy Student Production Grants
Photo Philanthropy, an organization that connects photographers with non-profits to help them fulfill their goals through their photographs, offers a substantial grant for photography students. This grant program is part of Photo Philanthropy’s commitment to fostering a new generation of globally-conscious photographers who will use their craft to help affect positive social change. It is not a traditional school grant, paid directly to a school to cover educational costs. Instead, the grant is meant to foster a collaborative project between a student and a non-profit. This will help the student hone their visual storytelling skills in the real world and publicize the message of the non-profit. There are several awards of $1,000 given, which are intended to fund the year long project.
Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography
Getty Images is a leader in the world of professional photography and every year since 2005 they have awarded generous editorial photography grants to professional photojournalists to pursue important cultural and social stories around the world. As an off-shoot of this grant program, Getty Images also awards four student grants of $5,000. Students who are recipients will also be added to Getty’s Emerging Talent roster on Reportage and will be mentored by their editors. To apply, students must email them a CV or biography with their and their school’s contact information. Part of the submission must include a link to a website that features 15-25 low resolution images showing off the applicant’s work.
National Press Photographers Association Awards
The National Press Photographers Association administers several grant opportunities for photography students. Photojournalism students can apply for the Bob Baxter Scholarship, which awards up to $1,000 to a deserving student. They are also eligible for the Bob East Scholarship. This award is based entirely on the merit of the student’s work and applicants must be planning on going on to graduate school. These awards can go as high as $2,000. For economically disadvantaged students, there is the Still Photographer Scholarship.
These are only four grant opportunities. Make sure to check with your school and do an exhaustive online search for more.