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The Aftermath Project - International Photo Grant Application

The Aftermath Project

• Deadline: 1st December, 2023

• Theme: Photojournalism

• Prize: $25,000 Grant

• Entry Fees: Free


It is with great pleasure that we announce the commencement of a new grant cycle for The Aftermath Project. This year's announcement holds a special significance as we introduce our fresh thematic focus for the 2024 grant: '1492/1619 American Aftermaths.'

As has been our tradition, we will designate one recipient of our $25,000 grant, along with four finalists. The '1492/1619' grant invites a broad spectrum of interpretations related to the profound historical events that have left an indelible mark on the American narrative. These include the 1492 "discovery" of this land by Christopher Columbus, marking the onset of the assault on indigenous peoples and their cultures, as well as the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the enduring legacy of over two centuries of a system based on white supremacy and the dehumanization of Black individuals.

The core philosophy of The Aftermath Project is rooted in the belief that unresolved conflicts, even when the physical confrontations have ceased (e.g., the Civil War), continue to reverberate across generations. We enthusiastically invite project proposals that delve into the contemporary repercussions of these historical episodes, which persistently influence our society today. These proposals may encompass historical or archival components, portraiture, landscape photography, surveys, family histories, fine art, conceptual works, or documentary projects. While the majority of proposals will likely center around either 1492 or 1619, we remain open to considering those that explore the intersection of both.

As ever, this grant opportunity remains accessible to working photographers worldwide. Nevertheless, our judging panel expresses a keen interest in fostering opportunities for photographers hailing from underrepresented communities to narrate their own experiences. We also extend a warm welcome to proposals from white photographers aiming to scrutinize the role of white privilege in the creation and perpetuation of these injustices. For example, descendants of slave owners might propose an examination of their own family history. Moreover, we are keen to receive proposals from African photographers who wish to explore projects delving into the origins of the slave trade and its impact on their respective countries.


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