The Save Our Seas Foundation is pleased to announce the Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant to support early career and emerging storytellers and aim to encourage new voices with new perspectives and photographic approaches.
At the Save Our Seas Foundation, they have a strong history of supporting marine conservation and education projects, but believe that to truly translate knowledge into effective, meaningful change they must communicate through engaging stories. An inspiring or compelling story can spur positive action in ways that no presentation of facts can.
These grants are led by the own Director of Storytelling and National Geographic photographer Thomas Peschak, in collaboration with Kathy Moran, Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic, and Jennifer Samuel, Photo Editor at National Geographic.
These grants build on the legacy of the 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 the 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.
- Award includes cash prize (2k USD), day rate for 3–4-week shoot, year of mentorship, all logistical costs for shoot covered.
- Applications must have no more than 5 years of professional experience in any photography related discipline. Additionally, over two-thirds of the previous photo grant applicants were male, and almost 80% from North America and Europe.
- In an effort to actively remedy these imbalances pervasive throughout the industry, they especially encourage women and applicants from South and Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and from underrepresented communities to apply for this opportunity.
- Applications will be accepted both directly via open call and through nomination.
- The Foundation hope to encourage applicants from all backgrounds the world over, in the search for exciting new voices and distinct perspectives in the field of conservation storytelling.
For more information, visit https://saveourseasgrants.smapply.io/prog/ocean_storytelling_photography_grant/