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Pulitzer Center Hosts Gender Lens Conference on June 3 & 4

Please join The Pulitzer Center  in Washington DC on June 3 and 4 for “A Gender Lens,” a special conference showcasing Pulitzer Center reporting focused on the intersection of gender with the most critical issues of our time.

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The event is intended for journalists, editors, policy-makers, academics and NGO’s to join in a conversation on–and celebration of–the vital work of journalists and others on gender around the world. Topics include:

  • Property Rights
  • Women in Conflict Zones
  • Global Health
  • Refugees/Migration
  • Labor/Economics
  • Diversifying the Story

The event will also feature a keynote dinner with Dr.Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women, Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine, Ben Taub, Pulitzer Center grantee and staff writer for The New Yorker, and a special performance by Girl Be Heard inspired by Pulitzer Center reporting.

On Sunday, June 4, the event will offer three morning workshops: one on cyber security, led by The New York Times; one on Fundraising/Proposal Writing, and one on Women Photograph/Photographers of Color.

To register and learn more, please click here.

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WSJ Is Hiring


The Wall Street Journal is seeking a multimedia editor to join its award-winning Visuals team in New York City. This is a rare opportunity to work with world-class photographers, editors, reporters, designers, developers and other visual journalists to create rich, interactive multimedia stories, both for breaking news as well as planned features. The job requires deep experience with photography, video and visual storytelling. The ideal candidate has a collaborative and innovative mindset and can quickly adapt in a fast-moving environment. Our work is seen by millions of people every day around the world and we are committed to the growth of visual and interactive journalism.

Job requirements:

  • Excellent news, storytelling and design judgement.
  • Fluency with Photoshop, video and audio editing tools, and social media.
  • Fluency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Expertise with responsive design and best practices for designing stories for mobile devices.
  • Prior experience in a news environment.
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines.
  • Helping reporters and editors learn new skills that will contribute to their visual storytelling.
  • The ability to teach and coach your co-workers
  • The initiative to take on and learn new tasks in a fast-moving environment.
  • Ability to shoot photos and video is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Applications should include portfolio links, a resume and cover letter.

Apply here

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W. Eugene Smith Fund Call for Entries 2017

The W. Eugene Smith Fund announced it is now accepting applications for its 38th annual Grant in Humanistic Photography. Since presenting its first grant in 1980, the Fund has awarded more than one million dollars to exemplary photographers whose works, created in the tradition of Eugene Smith, have brought light to contemporary issues that call for compassion and attention. The Smith Fund also announced it will increase its annual grant to $35,000, beginning this year. Photographers interested in learning more about the grant and fellowship, and submitting an application should visit SmithFund.org. The deadline for submitting applications is May 31, 2017.

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About The Smith Fund Grant
The Grant is presented annually by The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of highlighting untold stories, as exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year career in photojournalism. The grant, which honors the legendary photo-essayist, enables recipients to undertake and complete their proposed photojournalistic and documentary projects. Past recipients have included Sebastião Salgado, Maya Goded and Eli Reed.

The recipient of the 2017 Smith Award will receive a $35,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers to fund worthy projects.

Each year, the Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury that meets twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected based on the substantive, photographic, and intellectual merits of their project. They are then asked to submit a comprehensive electronic portfolio, and write, if necessary, a more detailed and focused proposal to answer questions by the jury regarding their project.

The 21st Annual Howard Chapnick GrantApplications for the annual Howard Chapnick Grant are also open through May 31, 2017. The grant is presented to an individual for his or her leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism, such as picture editing, research, education and management. This grant is not intended for photographers, but for champions of photography. It was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led the Black Star photo agency, and to acknowledge his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used by the recipient to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, special research, a long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not for the creation or production of photographs.


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Tim Hetherington Trust Announces its Awardees

The Tim Hetherington Trust is proud to announce the winner of the Visionary Award 2017, which this year the judges have awarded to OMAR IMAM for completion of his innovative project “Syrialism”.  Described by some as “documentary Surrealism” Omar creates conceptual portraits of a carefully constructed cross section of the Syrian diaspora including pro and anti government voices, Jihadists and pacifists, professionals and artisans and many others who are represented in ways that reflect their perspectives and experiences.  Omar is primarily focused on challenging Syrian self perceptions in ways that provoke enlightened awareness of the broader Syrian condition, and secondarily offers a window through which other cultures can watch and learn about the Syrian experience since the onset of civil war in 2011.

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In finalizing the Visionary Award 2017 the judges took the unusual step of adding a supplementary award to ANDREA ELLEN REED for her project “Unseen” which offers an authentic insight into the Black experience in USA 2017, told with startling clarity through a soundtrack of pundits, politicians and others describing the world we live in accompanied by a video of Andrea the artist watching and listening.  It’s an approach that is simple yet innovative and delivers a visceral understanding of how it is to be so deeply enmeshed in American culture yet held on the periphery as an onlooker on one’s own participation.  In keeping with everything that Tim stood for, it’s hard to describe yet simple to understand once seen and is overall profoundly honest.


The Trust was established to honor the legacy and life of Tim Hetherington. Tim Hetherington’s mission to create a better understanding of the world cast him in many roles: photojournalist, filmmaker, human rights advocate, artist and a leading thinker in media innovation. After graduating from Oxford in 1992 with a degree in Classics and English he began a deep exploration of visual media as a tool to explore and communicate the issues that fascinated him. With a second degree in photojournalism from Cardiff University (1997) he worked initially for the UK press and soon branched into international coverage. Working and living in Africa for many years he explored the consequences of conflict and quickly came to document conflict itself before delving deeper to understand the origins and causes of violence. This and other work took him around the world, including a year-long study of American fighting forces in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and ultimately to Libya where he was killed in a mortar attack in April 2011.

His loss devastated us and our community.

MediaStorm recently developed a film for ICP and Harber’s Studio on Michael Christopher, this year’s ICP Infinity Award winner for Artist’s Book. His book, Libyan Sugar, documents his time as a war photojournalist in Libya, where he worked alongside Tim and Chris Hondros, who was also killed in that fateful mortar attack in April. In many ways, his film is a tribute to what that Tim taught him about telling the truth about war, and the devastations, and real consequences of war itself. We share this film with you today in his memory.

Watch the film here. 

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MediaStorm Launches Annual Partnership with the International Center of Photography

MediaStorm is thrilled to present our annual partnership with the International Center of Photography and Harbers Studio, a film series honoring the winners of the 33rd Annual Infinity Awards. This year, MediaStorm was proud to produce the films honoring these winners: Michael Christopher Brown, Libyan Sugar, for Artist’s Book; Michael Famighetti and Sarah Lewis, Vision & Justice, for Critical Writing and Research; Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Negative Publicity, Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, for Documentary and Photojournalism; Vasantha Yogananthan, for Emerging Photographer; and For Freedoms, for Online Media and New Platform.

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Each year, ICP recognizes these outstanding artists at a gala in Chelsea Piers, which serves the dual purpose of honoring these works and galvanizing support for ICP. According to ICP Executive Director, Mark Lubell, the Awards ”acknowledge the significant talents of those using photography and visual arts to shed light on and make an impact on an ever-changing world.”

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 fundraising goals and achievements have skyrocketed. In 2016, ICP raised $1.2 million in one night, and MediaStorm is humbled to have played a role in catalyzing that effort. Our work with ICP affirms that storytelling moves people to action.

For MediaStorm, creating these films pays homage to our roots in photography, and illuminate that photography can be a force for change.

Congratulations to all the winners, including Harry Benson for Lifetime Achievement, and Sophie Calle, for Art.


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