Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the Save Our Seas Foundation Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant 2021.
About the Grants
These grants build on the legacy of our previous Marine Conservation Photography Grants, and are dedicated to finding and supporting a new and diverse generation of conservation storytellers.
While they are specifically looking for photographers who can tell conservation stories about our oceans, the call is not limited underwater photography.
Applicants should think broadly — story topics can range from the animals themselves, to fisheries to the communities whose lives are intertwined with marine life.
Four successful grantees will receive a fully-funded assignment to shoot a conservation photo story on location (including day rate and travel), under direct mentorship from the Ocean Storytelling Grant team.
- The SOSF Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant is open only to emerging photographers, which means applicants must have no more than five years of professional experience in any photography-related discipline.
- All applicants must complete the written questionnaire as part of their application.
- All images entered are used only for judging purposes.
- Applicants must be 18 years or older.
- Employees of SOSF and anyone connected with the administration of the competition are not eligible to apply for this grant.
- Four winners will be selected for each grant.
- Each winner will receive a US$2,000 cash prize and will be given a paid three-week photographic assignment to document an SOSF-supported marine research or conservation project. The SOSF has funded more than 400 projects in more than 85 countries and the winning photographers will be assigned to tell one of these stories.
- Thomas P. Peschak, National Geographic Magazine photographer and director of conservation for the Save Our Seas Foundation, Kathy Moran, senior editor (natural history) of National Geographic Magazine and Jennifer Samuel, photo editor at National Geographic, will mentor photographers throughout the process.
- All winners will be given the chance to showcase their work at an international conference or an exhibition.
- Each winner’s story will also be published as a photo essay for Save Our Seas Foundation.
- The Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant application process consists of a one-stage online application. The form consists of a few questions and requires the submission of a portfolio (20 images) and photo story (10 images).
- Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.
- If an applicant has any other current SOSF grant, they cannot apply for a new grant.
- All applications will be reviewed by the Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant judging panel and require final approval from the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
- If successful, the SOSF Grant agreement between the Foundation and the applicant must be sent back by the deadline. This agreement cannot be modified.
- Applications open: 6 September 2021
- Applications close: 30 November 2021, 18:00 CET.