Aftermath Project Photography Grants

Publish Date: Sep 30, 2015

Deadline: Nov 02, 2015

This is a sweet and bittersweet time – the opening of the application cycle for our tenth grant of $20,000, for the year 2016. It’s sweet because it’s a remarkable thing to stand on the brink of a decade of work – and also to begin planning our tenth anniversary celebrations, which will launch sometime in 2017 and will include a traveling exhibition and retrospective book.

It’s bittersweet, because for the time being, this will be the last grant we offer, as we concentrate on our tenth anniversary and strategize our way forward. As a photographer myself, I’m always appreciative of production grants – and as the founder of The Aftermath Project, I’m incredibly grateful to have a board that also believes in production grants, and to have had a partner in The Foundation to Promote Open Society, who has funded our yearly grant for almost as long as we’ve been in operation.

The application deadline is Monday, November 2, 2015, at midnight. Filing will once again be done via Dropbox. Please be sure to read the application guidelines on the following page, which includes specific directions about filing on Dropbox. Applications that do not follow these directions will be not be considered in the judging.

We will announce the grant winner before Christmas. As always, applicants will be the first to know before we issue a general press release.

This year, board member and photographer Elizabeth Rappaport will be in charge of the application process. If you have questions about submitting your application, you can email her at We no longer use the info @ email because it’s been overwhelmed by spam. Any emails sent to that address will not be answered. Also, please be sure to read the last page of the application, Terms and Conditions.

I’m always interested to see the ways you’re covering post-conflict stories. I’m especially interested this year, for all the reasons above, and more. Thanks so much for your work – you have all enriched the aftermath conversation.


The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. The conflict may have been at the community level — for example, violence between rural ethnic groups or an urban riot in an industrialized country. It may have been a regional one, such as a rebel insurgency, or it may have been a full-scale war. There is no specific time frame that defines “aftermath,” although in general The Aftermath Project seeks to support stories which are no longer being covered by the mainstream media, or which have been ignored by the media. In general, conflict should be over for a situation to be deemed an “aftermath.” There are specific cases, however, where conflict may have continued for so long, or be the result of an aftermath situation, that they will be considered to be within the scope of The Aftermath Project. If you have doubts about whether your proposal meets these guidelines, please email

Proposals should include an explanation of the specific aftermath issues related to the project being proposed, as well as an overview of the applicant’s plans for covering the story during the course of the grant year — i.e, the proposed timing of trips, etc. You MUST inform The Aftermath Project if you have any commercial commitments or contracts related to the project you are proposing, including book deals and exhibitions. Failure to do so on the part of a grant winner will automatically terminate the grant, and the winner will forfeit any funds he/she has not yet received from The Aftermath Project.


1. A signed application form, saved as a PDF or jpg file.

2. A project proposal, not to exceed two pages, saved as a PDF file.

3. A portfolio of no more than 30 images, in jpg format. You must label your images

with your last name, followed by a number – ie, Smith_1.jpg. Your images MUST

be sized 1200 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi – with a file size of NO


4. A caption sheet, saved as a PDF file.

5. Do NOT send anything else with your application.

NOTE ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO: If you have not yet begun the project you are proposing, that’s fine! Please submit other images that show your photographic and storytelling skills. If you have begun the project you are proposing, please include a selection of those images in your portfolio.


  1. When you are READY TO FILE, send an email to asking to be invited to the Dropbox folder. Once you receive the invitation to join, you will have 24 hours to upload. Your invitation will be cancelled after 24 hours.
  2. Put all your application materials into ONE FOLDER titled like this: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME, and put it into the Dropbox file.  You will be notified by email that we have received your application (give us a week to do that, please).

NOTE: Your application materials will be downloaded as soon as possible and will not remain online for other photographers to see in the uploading process. We have tracking software that allows us to determine if you have looked into a file that is not your own. If you have done this, your application will automatically be disqualified.

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