The deadline is approaching fast for the Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (MPS Fund).
Michael P. Smith (1937-2008) was a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer. Smith photographed every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major exhibition at the Fair Grounds. In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, Smith was an inspiration, a role model, and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.
Created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor Smith’s life and work, the MPS Fund is open to both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Don’t miss your opportunity to apply.
What you get: $5000
Who can apply: Photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida
How much you pay: Application fee: $25 + NOPA membership: $60.
Who’s gonna see your work: Three preliminary jurors will select ten finalists. They are Stacey D. Clarkson, Art Director of Harper’s Magazine; Ed Kashi, photographer and member of VII; and Susan Sterner, Director of New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Kevin Miller, Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography, will select the 2013 recipient from the ten finalists.
When’s the deadline: March 29, 2013
In 2012, Kael Alford won the grant for her project "Bottom of da Boot: Losing the Coast of Louisiana." Brett Abbott, the Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, selected Alford’s project from ten finalists.
To learn more about the MPS Fund, please visit the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Michael P. Smith Fund page. For additional information, please contact Lori Waselchuk at 225-907-6695.
Also, be sure to check out the rest of the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s website. NOPA is a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. Since its inception, NOPA has sponsored photographic exhibitions, workshops, and educational programs. It also coordinates PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December at venues throughout New Orleans.
"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, — all in one." — John Ruskin