• The Aftermath Project
• Deadline: 1st December, 2023
• Theme: Photojournalism
• Prize: $25,000 Grant
• Entry Fees: Free
• REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT •
We are delighted to announce the commencement of a new grant cycle for The Aftermath Project. This year's announcement holds special significance as we unveil our exciting thematic focus for the 2024 grant: '1492/1619 American Aftermaths.'
In keeping with our tradition, we will select one recipient of our $25,000 grant and recognize four finalists. The '1492/1619' grant encourages a wide range of interpretations related to pivotal historical events that have profoundly shaped the American narrative. These events encompass the 1492 "discovery" of this land by Christopher Columbus, which marked the beginning of the assault on indigenous peoples and their cultures, as well as the 1619 arrival of the first enslaved Africans, leaving a lasting legacy of over two centuries of a system founded on white supremacy and the dehumanization of Black individuals.
The fundamental philosophy of The Aftermath Project is grounded in the belief that unresolved conflicts, even after the physical confrontations have ceased (e.g., the Civil War), continue to echo across generations. We wholeheartedly welcome project proposals that explore the contemporary consequences of these historical events, which continue to exert a significant impact on our society today. These proposals may encompass historical or archival elements, portraiture, landscape photography, surveys, family histories, fine art, conceptual works, or documentary projects. While most proposals are expected to focus on either 1492 or 1619, we remain open to considering projects that examine the intersection of both.
As always, this grant opportunity is open to working photographers worldwide. Nevertheless, our judging panel is particularly interested in creating opportunities for photographers from underrepresented communities to share their own narratives. We also extend a warm invitation to white photographers who wish to critically examine the role of white privilege in the creation and perpetuation of these injustices. For instance, descendants of slave owners may propose an exploration of their own family history. We are equally eager to receive proposals from African photographers interested in investigating the origins of the slave trade and its impact in their respective countries.