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W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: Applications Open

This year, the W.Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is offering $49,000 for projects that highlight untold stories, for a purpose. Photojournalism and documentary photography are more important than ever, in a time where individuals can control media and publications, and information is wealth. Applications are due May 1. 

©Krisanne Johnson, winner of the 2011 W. Eugene Smith Grant 

Students can now apply for the  new W. Eugene Smith Student Grant, a $4,000 grant to support collegiate-level photography students in finishing a longer-term project that has the power to sway social dialogue and uses modern technology and image sharing platforms to affect change. To encourage entries from all around the world, submission fees for the student grant are only $1.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant Recipient will receive $35,000 in funding to complete a long-term documentary project and one finalist will receive $5,000towards their project. Non-photographers, editors, and researchers can apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant, a $5,000 grant that supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism.

For more information, click here.

 

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MediaStorm Produces 8 films for the 2018 ICP Infinity Awards

For the past six years, MediaStorm has been honored to partner with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studio to produce films that honor the winners of the annual Infinity Awards for their contributions to the field of photography and visual culture.

The films MediaStorm produced for this year’s winners are: Lifetime Achievement: Bruce Davidson; Applied: Alexandra Bell; Art: Samuel Fosso; Artist’s Book: Dayanita Singh, Museum Bhavan; Critical Writing and Research: Maurice Berger, Race Stories column for the Lens section of the New York Times; Documentary and Photojournalism: Amber Bracken; Emerging Photographer: Natalie Keyssar; and for Online Platform and New Media: Women Photograph.

Each year, the ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a fundraiser that supports a full range of programs, including exhibitions, collections, community outreach, scholarships, and the ICP School.

MediaStorm’s films have been highlighted as the signature moment of the event. Since the first presentation of the films at the 2013 gala, ICP has skyrocketed its fundraising goals and achievements. MediaStorm is humbled to have played a role in catalyzing that effort. Our work with ICP and Harbers Studios affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, creating these films pays homage to our roots in photography and our aspiration for the field, that it continue being a force for change.

In a career that spans a lifespan, Davidson has used his camera to explore the world. From his iconic work “Gangs of Brooklyn” to “E.100th St.”, his work stands out for its intimacy with its subjects and long lasting impact.

Culture historian and art critic, Maurice Berger, uses his monthly column in the New York Times to explore racial literacy through visual literacy. He uses the power of photography and the written word to urge his readers to think about their own racial attitudes and to reflect the works of photographers of color, whose voices are often not seen by the mainstream art world.

Alexandra Bell draws on her journalism background to examine how words and images expose the media’s racial biases. In her signature work, Counternarratives, she re-imagines stories from the New York Times to create more equitable framings.

Tired of being quiet about a problem that has long persisted in journalism, Daniella Zalcman sought to address the hiring gap between white men and women, and people of color. The result is Women Photograph.

Natalie Keyssar has spent years documenting the consequences of unrest and economic turbulence in Venezuela in the aftermath of Hugo Chavez’s death. In her work, she explores the impacts of the violence on individuals and on society at large, demonstrating the effectiveness of the camera as a window to the world.  

For decades, Samuel Fosso has used self-portraiture to question political and social norms in Africa and America. In his latest series, Black Pope, Fosso challenges the Catholic veneration of whiteness in contemporary visual culture.

In her latest work, Museum Bhavan, Dayanita Singh seeks to put the power of curation into the hands of the reader, to make the work accessible to a broader demographic. The result of her work is an object that is personal, interactive and portable, and one she hopes will encourage other photographers to recognize the importance of dissemination.

Drawn to photography in her quest for social justice, Amber Bracken, started working in the indigenous communities of her hometown, Alberta, Canada, to learn about their struggle for land rights. When she heard of protests in Standing Rock, she chose the camera as her weapon of choice to document a struggle for sovereignty.

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MediaStorm Master Class at Berkeley

We are thrilled to be bringing our Storytelling Masterclass to Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism on April 20, 2018. This workshop is perfect for visual storytellers who are looking for inspiration on the work, or a practical guide on starting your own business. Brian Storm draws from his experience building a sustainable company and working in the rapidly changing media landscape for over twenty-years, so that you can join the ranks of independent creators and publishers that are breaking new ground. For more information and to apply, see here.

 

We have been telling stories and building an-award winning business for over a decade and we want to share our lessons with you. Our immersive trainings have helped so many, from the most seasoned journalists and filmmakers, to those just entering the field.

2018 marks our 11th year of training at MediaStorm. Each year our courses attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their storytelling skills. Over 200 participants have come through our professional workshops and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Our Brooklyn training dates are:

Brooklyn, NY: April 7, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: May 26, 2018   One day master class 
Brooklyn, NY: July 10-13, 2018   Methodology master class
Brooklyn, NY: Oct 20, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: Nov 10, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: Dec. 18-21, 2018   Methodology master class

 

Applications are now open. Apply now.

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MediaStorm Master Class Registration Open

Registration for our Master Class trainings in Brooklyn are now open! The next session, for our One Day Master Class, will be held on April 7, 2018. Register now.

We have been telling stories and building an-award winning business for over a decade and we want to share our lessons with you. Our immersive trainings have helped so many, from the most seasoned journalists and filmmakers, to those just entering the field.

Documentary filmmaker and NBC producer Mariana Keller said, “Attending the Methodology workshop was an incredibly catalytic experience. My biggest takeaway was demystifying MediaStorm’s entire production and brand positioning process. These guys are not wizards. They are regular people with insane talent and an unspeakable drive.”

2018 marks our 11th year of training at MediaStorm. Each year our courses attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their storytelling skills. Over 200 participants have come through our professional workshops and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Our Brooklyn training dates are:

Brooklyn, NY: April 7, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: May 26, 2018   One day master class 
Brooklyn, NY: July 10-13, 2018   Methodology master class
Brooklyn, NY: Oct 20, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: Nov 10, 2018   One day master class
Brooklyn, NY: Dec. 18-21, 2018   Methodology master class

 

Applications are now open. Apply now.

Online Training

If you’re not able to join us in person, consider signing up for a one-year subscription to our Online Training. Pay just one fee for more than six hours of video tutorials with MediaStorm staff on reporting and post-production.

We hope you can join us for another great year of workshops in 2018!

Learn more about our upcoming workshops at mediastorm.com/train.

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The Alexia 2018 Grants Now Accepting Applications

The Alexia Foundation is now accepting applications for The Alexia 2018 Professional and Student Grants. The winner of the The Alexia Professional Grant will receive $20,000 to produce his or her proposed story.

The First Place winner of The Alexia Student Grant will receive a cash grant of $1,000 to produce the proposed story, funding for a semester at Syracuse University and $500 will be awarded to the wining student’s academic department.

Up two four Award of Excellence winners will receive $500 to produce a proposed body of work and $1500 to be applied toward tuition at Syracuse University or tuition for one of the following workshops: a MediaStorm One-Day Masterclass, a Momenta Photo Workshop, or The Kalish Workshop, which is provided by The Gilka Grant.

 Professional Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

Student Deadline: Mar. 1, 2018

To apply and learn more please click here

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