Ends on January 15, 2018

En Foco Photography Fellowship 2018

Contact Email: fellowship@enfoco.org

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018 | 11:59PM

The fellowships will be announced March 2018.


The 3rd Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will:

   • award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per,

   • participation in a 2018 Fellowship Group Exhibition,

   • feature the Fellows in the 2018 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions, and

   • provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities.

En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access.



   •   Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. 

   •   Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency.

   •   Must be at least 18 years of age.

   •   Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply BUT only one photographer can submit the application.

   •    Previous fellowship recipients must wait three years before they can reapply. 

   •    Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2015.


   •   Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and or photography degree program at the time of application submission. 

   •   En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply. 


The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors.  Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.


The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email.  The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance, $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.


1.     Create an account with Submittable.com.

2.     A written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance.

3.     A one-page resume & 200-word biography.

4.     A 200-word artist statement about your work.

5.     5-7 images (5 images are required, additional 2 are optional) , Follow the sizing guidelines.

6.     Head shot (300 dpi jpeg only).

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application.  We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts.


En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian Heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.  Since it was founded in 1974, En Foco has been an outspoken leader and advocate for the equitable support and access to resources for photographers of color.  It has a distinguished itself through its sustained commitment to providing its primary constituency and the communities they represent financial support, public programming, information services and cultural advocacy initiatives. 

The En Foco Photography Fellowship Program is made possible with the generosity of an anonymous donor, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Member of the Urban Arts Cooperative.

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