PAA | Announcing DC’s First Annual LGBTQIAP+ Photography Grant

The American Photographic Artists (APA) has announced its first annual LGBTQIAP+ Photography Fellowship, sponsored by the APA Washington, DC Chapter (APA|DC). The LGBTQIAP grant is for emerging and established photographers to celebrate diversity, champion storytellers, and help LGBTQIAP+ photographers receive funding, recognition, and representation in the professional photography community.

The $3,000 LGBTQIAP+ Photography Fellowship is open to all photographers aged 18 and over from around the world who identify as LGBTQIAP+. Grant funds may be requested to support new or ongoing work at any stage of development and photographers do not need to be active APA members to apply.

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“How we perceive the world influences what we create, how we create, and why we create,” says Mike Morgan, APA Section President | DC. “Our goal through this grant is to celebrate the LGBTQIAP+ experience through photography and to bring additional visibility to the LGBTQIAP+ community through our national platform.”

Submissions of documentary, narrative, experimental or episodic projects representing LGBTQIAP+ people and their communities are encouraged. The jurors will be made up of some of the industry’s top leaders, including art director Ahmad Barber, who is also co-owner of AB+DM Studio; photographer and photo editor Liz Lynch; photographer and photo editor Michael Wichita (also AARP director of photography; and director of photography Greg Garry.

Entries must be received no later than July 20, 2022 and the application page is available via the PAA | DC website.

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