The 37th annual W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is now open for entries. Each year, this $30,000 grant is presented to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition and humanistic approach to storytelling as W. Eugene Smith.
In addition, the Smith Fund will present Fellowships to other photographers whose work is deemed outstanding, and the annual Howard Chapnick Grant for leadership will honor professionals in fields ancillary to photojournalism such as picture editing.
In 2015, Matt Black was the winner with his series, “The Geography of Poverty”. His project takes a hard look at poverty in America and challenges leaders and citizens alike to understand the level of inequality that exists. Its objective is to look at the cost and consequences of poverty and help facilitate fundamental changes in society and narrow the distance between the haves and have-nots.