The PHmuseum Grant

The PHmuseum Grant is an annual international initiative organized to support photographers, promote their projects and further their careers. Within the four previous editions it has awarded the work of photographers like Max Pinckers, Diana Markosian, Tomas van Houtryve, Rasmus Degnbol and Clémentine Schneiderman among many others, and it has grown into a leading photography award. The 2017 edition is now open for submissions.

The contest is open to all photographers, including those outside of the PHmuseum network. Applicants are invited to present visual projects centred around a specific theme, narrative or concept. The prizes will comprise £12.000 in cash, a solo exhibition at Cortona On The Move, an article on Witness – the World Press Photo Foundation online publication – a projection at Just Another Photo Festival and promotions via PHmuseum channels. The New Generation Prize, awarded to a photographer under 25 years of age, will also include a mentorship program with acclaimed educator Maggie Steber.

Applications will be reviewed by Sarah Leen (Director of Photography National Geographic Magazine and Partners), Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine), Alejandro Chaskielberg (Photographer) and Ihiro Hayami (Director of Tokyo Institute of Photography), who together will assign the Main Prize. Arianna Rinaldo, the Artistic Director of Cortona OTM, will select a project to be exhibited at the 2017 edition of the festival. Kate Bubacz (Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News), Fiona Rogers (Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International), Poulomi Basu (Photographer and Director of Just Another Photo Festival) and Alejandro Kirchuk (Visual Journalist and Senior
Photo Editor at PHmuseum) will award the New Generation Prize.

The submission deadline is February 15th, 2017.

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PHmuseum is a curated platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Launched in 2012, it is today a community of 5.000 selected photographers that is reached by more than 300.000 visitors per year. Its mission is to connect professionals within the photographic industry and create a free online space where everyone can learn about photography and its language.

To find more valuable grants, awards and open calls, visit our calendar.

Voies Off Award 2017

Apply to one of the most interesting and original contests for emerging photographers and become a part of the prestigious festival.

The Voies Off Award, now in its 22nd year, has been a unique opportunity for fresh generations of photographers since its foundation. It provides substantial cash prizes, but it’s far more than that. The Voies Off night projections during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival have become an international spot for discovering emerging talents (the early Antoine d’Agata among them) and an alternative venue for photographic creation.

Like every year, 60 finalist will be selected for night screenings shown to the festival audience and an international crowd of critics, curators, publishers, media and world’s top photographers. In addition, they will compete for three major prizes that will be announced at the end of the festival opening week.

The winner of the 2017 Voies Off Award will receive 5,000 €.

The winner of the SAIF Revelation Award will receive 2,500 €.

The winner of the Award will be granted a publication accompanied by an introductory text by an art critic.

All participants of the contest will be granted a free pass to the festival portfolio reviews in Arles, 4-8 July 2017.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 February 2017.


Alex Tomazatos - Danube Delta

Chien-Chi Chang workshop scholarship awarded

© Alex Tomazatos

The winner of the tuition-free scholarship for the documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow is Alexandru Tomazatos from Romania. His Homeland – Danube Delta ongoing project was chosen by Mr. Chang as the most complex work among all submissions.

Alexandru’s project is dedicated to the place where he grew up – the Danube Delta in the Eastern part of Romania. Being a biologist by profession, Alexandru gradually switched his attention from the habits of reptiles and amphibians of this largely wild wetland area to the social and cultural life of its human inhabitants. For the last four years he has been investigating how this special environment shaped the existence of the local community. We will soon publish more about Homeland on our website.

Diana Karklin
Emanuele Occhipinti
Hatnim Lee
Ingetje Tadros
Joanna Mrówka
Karim El Maktafi
Zhang Xiaoyu

Alessia Arban
A.M. Ahad
Ana Alexandrescu
Cassandra Klos
Georgios Tatakis
Gulliem Trius
Janusz Sytek
Justin Ma
Marta Iwanek
Marta Rybicka
Mitar Simikic
Raffaele Petralla
Shah Rahul
Sharon Castellanos
Wiktor Kubiak
Yalda Pashai

The workshop with Chien-Chi Chang will be held in Kraków, Poland on 7 – 12 June 2017.

Win a tuition-free scholarship for Chien-Chi Chang workshop in Krakow, June 2017


© Chien-Chi Chang / Magnum Photos

We’re offering one tuition-free scholarship to attend our upcoming 6-day documentary photography workshop with Chien-Chi Chang in Krakow, Poland, 7-12 June 2017.

The workshop is designed for professionals and serious photography enthusiasts. Its main goal is to give you an opportunity to work in real-life conditions with enough time to complete a thoughtful documentary assignment and therefore gain an in-depth insight into the documentary photography process. During the 6 days in Krakow you will cover a chosen story, combining intensive individual shooting with daily editing and critique sessions with Chien-Chi Chang. You will receive extensive support from the workshopx team, including a local assistant assigned exclusively to you, in order to help you achieve best results. The workshop will also teach selected solutions for using sound and moving images.
Learn more about the workshop.


To take part in the scholarship contest, please submit your work that is a project in progress or recently completed. It can be also a personal story, an essay or a different type of coherent documentary photography series.

Send it by e-mail to: Please include: full name, place of residence, a zip file (or a link to an external source) with 10-20 photographs (1000px wide JPG, sRGB images), project description, and a bio/personal statement. In the e-mail subject or message body please state clearly that this is an application to the scholarship contest.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED: The deadline for submissions was 3 December 2016.

The one winner will be decided by Chien-Chi Chang and announced no later than on 6 December 2016.


The scholarship does not cover the costs of travel, accommodation or on the ground expenses.

The contest is open to all photographers who are over the age of 18 and who agree to all information, requirements and regulations included here and in the main regulations of the workshop.

The applicant agrees that submitted photographs may be used in workshopx’s on-line publications and promotional materials. The photographer retains all copyrights and will be clearly credited.

The scholarship will be valid only when the workshop is fully confirmed to happen.

Alex Masi – Campfire Songs and Kalashnikovs

Photographs by Alex Masi / Story by Michiel Driebergen for Foreign Policy.

The Azov Battalion is a Ukrainian nationalist volunteer regiment that has helped in the fight against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Its members aren’t just fighters, however — some of them are also parents, whose children, when school isn’t in session, need somewhere to go. The solution? Azov Battalion summer camp.

Tarkan, a lean 13-year-old girl from Kiev, only needed 36 seconds to complete maintenance procedures on her weapon. It’s simple, she later explained: “Remove the magazine and cocking lever; release the gas cylinder. Then you put it back together again.” But she warned, “Be careful — never aim the barrel at a person. Unless you know for sure that you want to shoot.”

For the past two consecutive summers, 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have gathered in woodlands near Kiev to train to become elite patriots over the course of 12 days. Many, but not all, are the children of Azov fighters. And under the watch of instructors-cum-counselors like Gold — they all go by pseudonyms and have had combat experience — these children learn how to conduct themselves in combat-like scenarios, how to handle and maintain basic weaponry, and how to love Ukraine.

Read the full article.

Alex Masi is an award-winning photojournalist and one of the leaders of our individual documentary photography workshops. Investigating social and environmental injustice has brought him to many countries all around the world already. Although, his special concern, being also a distinctive mark of his work, remains issues where children rights are or might be violated. During one of his recent reporting trips to Ukraine, Alex teamed up with Dutch journalist Michiel Driebergen to take a closer look at local military camps that prepare children for combat.

Book an individual workshop with Alex Masi in London.

Maurin Bisig – Trotsky (Patrick Zachmann workshop in Krakow, July 2016)

© Maurin Bisig

Maurin came to join our workshop with Patrick Zachmann in Krakow from Switzerland. For an assignment he picked a story of “Trotsky”, who is a mysterious eccentric known to the external world only by his nickname and his guitar and singing performances at the Krakow’s Main Square. After some investigation, Maurin found out that “Trotsky” is a former commercial TV channel star who at some point of his life decided to undergo a radical change in his lifestyle. He not only moved to a trailer at the city outskirts and gave up all the mainstream society conveniences, but also spent a great effort to eradicate the entire record of his past. He succeeded to such extent that the only thing that remained and connected him to his previous life was an old passport photo he keeps in his wallet…

That week I have learned so much and took so many steps forward that I am still seeing my progress going on. There were so many crucial findings for me. What does it mean to photograph in color? Can you see color? I mean, can you really see it? Do you think you can do good vertical pictures? It’s absolutely more demanding than I thought! Do you have full control over your frame, including the edges? Are you concentrated enough while working at the location? Learning from Patrick Zachmann made me think in a totally new way when I now try to tell a story trough my pictures.

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