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Photo by Yael Martinez, 2019 W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipient. From the series The House That Bleeds

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 evidenced during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. This $40,000 grant is designed to help a photographer begin a photographic project or help complete an ongoing photographic project. Learn more here.

The Howard Chapnick Grant encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education, and management. The Grant was established to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick, and to acknowledge the value of his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $10,000 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. Learn more here.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers is designed to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change and that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice. For 2020, the amount of the grant will be $5,000.  Learn more here.

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Vignette Creative is Hiring

Our friends at Vignette Creative are looking for a motivated editor and production team member who wants to dive in and make a difference at a boutique agency/documentary production company. The job is a full-time position and is based on Bainbridge Island, Washington (a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle) but may involve flexible work locations and periods of intensive travel. While editing is vital to this role, Vignette is a collaborative, team-oriented company that is looking for someone who also has production and creative skills to bring to the table.

For a full job description and application, see here: https://storyiseverything.com/jobs

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MediaStorm Workshops: Stanford and Berkeley

Bay Area friends! MediaStorm is coming to you for one-day workshops at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. 

Brian will be at Stanford on February 7 and Berkeley on March 27. Register here

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. Brian will walk you through specific examples of our work, share his business experience, and teach you proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary video and multimedia content.

If California is not in the stars this year, you’ll have an opportunity to catch him in Houston this summer June 1. More info here

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2020 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship

CatchLight is now accepting applications for the 2020 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship. Now in its fourth year, CatchLight continues to search for innovative visual storytellers and leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling. The grant applications are due before midnight PST on February 4, 2020.

Image by 2019 Fellow Tasneem Alsultan

Last year CatchLight supported a large-scale peace-building VR project led by Sparsh Ahuja, Alexandra Bell’s exploration of what a solutions journalism framework could look like in a futuristic newspaper, Tasneem Alsultan’s collaborative storytelling approach to connect women and their stories throughout Saudi Arabia and Pierre Terdjiman’s innovative education and engagement model.  

The CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship Applications can be submitted here. The selected Fellows will receive $30,000 and winners will be announced in April 2020. Fellowship jury to be announced soon.

More information and the full press release can be found here

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MediaStorm Master Class Coming to DC!

Hey D.C. folks! Coming to the National Geographic Storytelling Summit? We’ll be there too and we’re going host a Master Class while we’re at it.

Catch Brian Storm in Washington D.C. for a One-Day Master Class on January 14th.

The workshop runs from 10am to 6pm and will take place at:

Auditorium
500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Register here.

The MediaStorm One Day Master Class provides an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches. Brian will walk you through specific examples of our work, share his business experience, and teach you proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques.

The One Day Master Class is designed for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of producing and distributing documentary video and multimedia content.

Register here

Can’t make it to DC? Catch us here:

  • Stanford, CA: February 7, 2020 *Apply by January 10, 2020
  • Berkeley, CA: March 27, 2020 *Apply by March 2, 2020
  • Houston, TX: June 1, 2020 *Apply by May 4, 2020

To apply and learn more, click here

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