September 13, 2013

Calling for Applications for Pan-African Journalism Competition & Activist Awards

We want to let you know of a couple photo competitions:

1) The African Media Initiative (AMI) is hosting a pan-African journalism competition, calling for applications now! The African Story Challenge is a competition that seeks to fund the reporting of Africa-based issues, in hopes to make positive changes in the African community. This round of submissions calls for health narratives that are innovative and investigative. AMI wants to promote awareness about fundamental African health issues by supporting engaging stories that engage the public through a multi-platform approach.

“Without good health there is no wealth. This competition is aimed at encouraging journalists and media organisations to break away from the routine issues on the daily agenda and pitch to us bold and creative ideas on health.” -Joseph Warungu

To pitch your story or learn more about the African Story Challenge visit

2) PhotoPhilanthropy will have a call for submissions for their annual Activist Awards starting October 1st and closing on November 15th, with prizes ranging from $2,000-$15,000. The Activist Awards are looking to identify outstanding work done by professional, amateur, and student photographers collaborating with non-profit organizations.  Photo essays should describe a body of work that seeks to affect positive social change. Accepted work will grant each photographer a page on the Photo Philanthropy website and exposure to a growing audience.

Submit your work! View the submissions guidelines and photo essay tips provided on the the PhotoPhilanthropy website to prepare your entry.
PhotoPhilanthropy is an organization that believes in the power of photography to tell a story and inspire change. Connecting the photographers and nonprofits who share a passion for creating social change through their work is a key part of PhotoPhilanthropy’s mission. Bringing these groups together makes for a powerful platform for change. PhotoPhilanthropy provides lots of great resources for photographers. Check out their website to learn more.

September 11, 2013

In Memory...

Today, on September 11th, as I hold in my thoughts all who were lost on this tragic day 12 years ago as well as their loved ones who continue to grieve, I also think about Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman.

I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth and Stephen in 2009 while filming for the 2009 Purpose Prize award videos.  Elizabeth and Stephen lost their 25-year-old son Peter C. Alderman when he was killed in the World Trade Center.   As part of their grieving process, they found a new purpose and decided to create an organization in their son's memory: The Peter C. Alderman Foundation.  The Foundation helps to foster homegrown mental health systems around the world in order to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism and mass violence.

The Aldermans' story is both heart-wrenching and extremely inspiring.  I feel blessed to have met them and to have helped document their work and their son's legacy.

To learn more about the Peter. C. Alderman Foundation:

To read their Purpose Prize article:

September 10, 2013

The Aftermath Project 2014 Grant Cycle Is Now Open

The Aftermath Project is a non-profit organization committed to 'telling the other half of the story of conflict' and that holds yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict.

The 2014 Aftermath Project grant cycle is now open and accepting submissions.  The organization will be giving one $20,000 grant for 2014 as well as naming four finalists.  The work of the grant winner and finalists will be published in "War is Only Half the Story, Vol Seven."

The application deadline is November 11, 2013.

To learn more about The Aftermath Project:

To apply for the 2014 grant: 

September 6, 2013

The Table Is Goin' On Down To PHOTOVILLE!

Bring It to The Table will be at this year's PHOTOVILLE -- the Brooklyn-based pop-up photo festival built from freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces.  

Bring It talk/screening:

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time: 1:10-2:10pm
Location: Photoville Talk Area, located at the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY

Since 2012, TEM's Producer/Director Julie Winokur and the Bring It team have travelled across the US with a small Table, inviting people to sit and share the roots of their political beliefs.  The project has grown to include a participatory online website, community engagement campaign, webisode series, and documentary.  Julie's talk at PHOTOVILLE will not only discuss the idea behind Bring It to The Table but will also show excerpts from the project and engage attendees in live 'Table Talks.'

PHOTOVILLE's other festivities include exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, and night-time projections...all the while right around a beer and food garden.

To learn more about Bring It's talk at PHOTOVILLE:

Use see more of PHOTOVILLE's programming: