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Win $5,000 to Make A Difference With Your Camera

If you could document one environmental or humanitarian issue, what would it be? Did you know you could win $5,000 of funding to do just that? Here’s how.

Photography makes a difference. Through images, Alex Masi has documented the continuing effects from a leak at a pesticide plant in Madhya Pradesh; Ethan Welty has shown the decline of wildlife in the North Cascade range; and Philippe Schneider told the story of thousands living in Papau New Guinea slums. And because images hold power for change, Photocrati is hosting, for the fourth year, a $5,000 grant for photographers that want to tap into that potential.

Photocrati, the most popular and powerful WordPress theme for photographers, will be accepting grant applications now through April 18. The grant is open to environmental or humanitarian photography projects. The photographers retain all copyright to their images and their work will be featured in a photo essay at Photocrati after the completion of the project.

  • Alex Masi, the 2013 grant winner, used the funds to capture images of humanitarian groups aiding those affected by the Bhopal gas leak. Since the leak happened thirty years ago, many aren’t aware that over 500,000 people are still suffering injuries as a result of the disaster. Through his photo project, Masi helped to raise awareness of the long-term, continuing effects of this disaster.
  • Masi isn’t the only one using images to make an impact, however. Ethan Welty was the second place finalist for last year’s Photocrati grant competition and he’s working to create a portrait of the North Cascade mountain range. He’s not just photographing the majestic mountains, however, he’s raising awareness for the fact that much of the range isn’t protected and advocating for the increase in park boundaries.
  • Need further proof that photography makes a difference?  Philippe Schneider, another 2013 Photocrati finalist, captured the way the human spirit perseveres in difficult conditions by documenting those living in slums. Schneider focused on the slums in Paga Hill, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, but according to the United Nations, over 900 million people live in slums worldwide.
  • Scott Typaldos, a humanitarian photographer, raised awareness and funding for those with mental illnesses in Western Africa and Eastern Europe, who are often “treated” by being shackled and imprisoned. Typalados took fourth place in the 2013 Photocrati grant competition.
  • But that’s not all, ten applicants received honorable mentions for work raising awareness on topics from Iranian girls forced to enter womanhood at age nine to domestic violence in the U.S.

To apply, photographers should submit a one-page project statement (make sure that also include a budget), a biography and a link to a portfolio of 20-30 images on one theme. Applications should be sent to fund@photocrati.com with “2014 Photocrati Fund” in the subject.

Photocrati is the best company for photographers to manage their web presence simply, so they can keep focusing on photography,  instead of being stressed out by building an online portfolio. But, as the  grant program shows, Photocrati does a lot more than host websites, develop WordPress themes and plugins and assist with SEO, they help photographers change the world with a camera.

Masi, the 2013 winner, used his grant to document the medical groups working to help the thousands suffering from neurological issues and paralysis from the 1984 leak that has been credited with over half a million injuries and continued issues with contaminated soil and groundwater. How can your images help change the world? Head over to the official 2014 Photocrati Fund page for the full details.

 

 

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