Photographers interested in applying should download an application at:


There is no entry fee and applicants should include a written proposal that is concise, journalistically realizable, visually translatable, and humanistically driven, and a resumé of educational and professional qualifications. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate evidence of their photographic ability and submit between 20 and 40 images. The Fund’s preferred method of submission is low-resolution jpegs on a CD or DVD (no RAW or TIFF files). However, for those applicants who do not have access to digital technology, the Fund will accept traditional or digital work prints instead, provided they are no larger than 18 x 24 cms (8 x 10 inches).


The grant is funded in part by contributions from The Open Society Institute and The Mona Fund. For 2009, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. The grant recipient must affirm that the proposed project is ongoing, and agree to provide the Fund with a set of twelve (12) prints when the project is completed. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City in early October and the prints will be archived at the International Center of Photography in New York City as part of the permanent W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection.


Submit to:

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund c/o International Center of Photography

1133 Avenue of the Americas

New York 10036.

Unites States