The Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant

The goal is to support thoughtful photography/visual storytelling


It is no longer possible to imagine a world without photography. The digitally connected age brings with it an entirely different culture of producing and consuming photographs. We are caught in an overflow of images, and could easily lose our way in a forest of technological possibilities. Photographers are being challenged to reinvent themselves and their profession, but this new age also allows people to express themselves in inventive ways, reaching a range of audiences on a global scale. More than ever, we need visual storytellers, especially those with local perspectives, to decipher meaning from a volatile world.

The Viewbook Visual Storytelling Grant supports photographers who explore the varied possibilities of visual storytelling and pursue creative ways of bringing their work to a wider public. The grant is part of a wider ‘Transformations’ program, in which Viewbook explores changes in photography in today’s digitally connected world. The goal is to support thoughtful photography/visual storytelling projects that make us reflect on our world, our ethics, beliefs and behavior, and which produce and share meaningful photo stories in inventive ways.


Viewbook is offering a photographer, group of photographers, or visual artist(s) a cash grant to a maximum of $5000 to cover a maximum of 50% of their project costs. Photographic projects of any size or form may be proposed. The project can be at any stage, it may be a project in planning, a project in progress, or a project in a publishing phase. We are looking to support:

In-depth, thoughtful visual stories.
Photography projects that demonstrate innovative ideas and novel ways of publishing and sharing photography.
Involvement with a community, wider participation, or a network effect.
Local photographers who are looking to gain visibility for their projects on a global stage.
Projects that focus on, or have a direct relationship with, the theme ‘transformations in photography’.


Photographers may apply by submitting a written proposal in English including the following: a written proposal (summary, motivation, plan of approach); a resume (including 2 references); a budget (the Viewbook grant is for a maximum of $5,000, to cover a maximum of 50% of the project costs); Visual examples of ongoing and previous related projects (no more than 15 images) and/or a maximum of 10 minutes of video material. If a submission is approved, the recipient will have 12 months to complete the proposed project. During the project period, the recipient will be given the opportunity of receiving online feedback and guidance from one or more experts provided by Viewbook. The winning application will be announced by 1 March 2017. APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2016.

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