STERN Scholarship Award for Young Photojournalists 2016

Publish Date: Apr 12, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

The renowned German weekly STERN magazine and the LUMIX Festival for young photojournalism continue to expand their cooperation. Their latest joint venture, the STERN Grant scholarship award, invites applications from promising young photojournalists.

With its striking and often hard-hitting imagery the German weekly STERN magazine has been setting international standards in magazine photojournalism for decades. Similarly the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism is regarded as one of the world’s most renowned in the industry. So it’s only fitting that the two institutions have now decided to cooperate in helping to promote and support the work of up-and-coming photojournalists: At this year’s LUMIX Festival, STERN magazine calls for submissions to the newly-established STERN

Grant, a 10,000 Euro scholarship award. With this award the sponsors aim to give talented young photographers the opportunity to work on a long-term photojournalism project they are passionate about. Applicants will need to submit a short exposé of their project’s central aim and purpose. The winner will have the chance to work on their story in tandem with an experienced STERN reporter and develop it into a reportage feature which will in turn be published by a title from the STERN group of magazines.

“At STERN magazine we have a proud tradition of discovering and nurturing new talent – it’s just what we do,“ explains Art Director Frances Uckermann, “that’s why we want to create a forum for the next generation of photographers. In addition to our Young Photography Bursary which enables photography graduates to become part of STERN magazine’s editorial team for a year, we are now establishing the new STERN Grant as a means to realise the kind of projects that might otherwise never get completed due to lack of time or funding. We are excited about this collaboration with LUMIX Festival and are looking forward to receiving many outstanding submissions.“

STERN magazine’s photo editors will also be among the portfolio reviewers at LUMIX Festival, and the Heads of the STERN Picturedesk Andreas Trampe and Andreas Kronawitt will run a workshop where participants can gain fascinating and useful insights into the magazine's work flow. Former STERN Young Photography bursary recipients will also be on site to talk about their experiences concerning the promotion of young talent within the magazine.

As the festival’s media partner the STERN Group of magazines is looking forward to publishing images from the many great exhibitons at LUMIX.

Submission details:

Who can apply?
Any photographers under 35 years of age at the time of application

How do I apply?
You will need to submit:

  • a CV in table form including a passport-sized portrait of yourself
  • an exposé about your planned photography project, no longer than one A4 page, which clearly outlines what the story is about, including an estimate of how and in what timeframe it can be realised
  • A PDF of your previous photography projects (no more than 25 images) which show the applicant’s photographic style

Please note: We cannot accept any works that have already been published elsewhere or have been the recipient of any grant, bursary or scholarship from other institutions. However the applicant is free to submit a different project.

Where and how can I apply?
You can apply anytime between March 1st and midnight of April 30th 2016. Please upload your application using the electronic form below.

How will the winner be chosen?
The jury consists of the following editorial team members of STERN magazine: Art Director Frances Uckermann, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Giuseppe di Grazia, as well as Andreas Kronawitt and Andreas Trampe, the two Heads of the STERN picturedesk.

When will the winner be announced?
The recipient of the STERN Grant will be publicly announced on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at the LUMIX Festival in Hannover, Germany.


Frances Uckermann

Before being appointed Art Director of STERN magazine, Frances Uckermann was Art Director for Zeit Wissen, Allegra and Max, headed the editorial design team at SPIEGEL Reporter and developed a number of new magazines. Since 2009 she also teaches editorial design at the Henri Nannen School for Journalism. 

Andreas Kronawitt

Andreas Kronawitt holds an MA in Design and Visual Communications from FH Bielefeld. He worked as a freelance photographer for a number of years before joining STERN magazine as a photo editor. Today he heads the publication’s picture desk jointly with Andreas Trampe.

Andreas Trampe

Andreas Trampe worked as a freelance photojournalist for seven years before becoming Head of the picture desk at the German tabloid BILD am Sonntag. He came to STERN magazine in 1996 where he now heads the picture desk jointly with Andreas Kronawitt.

Giuseppe Di Grazia

Giuseppe Di Grazia has a degree in economics, politics and sociology and is a graduate of the Axel Springer School of Journalism. Following positions at the papers Welt am Sonntag and Hamburger Abendblatt, Giuseppe Di Grazia joined STERN in 2000. Since 2013 he is the magazine’s Deputy Editor-In-Chief.


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