Today, Canon Europe (www.Canon-Europe.com) announces the launch of its annual Photojournalism Fellowships, in search of outstanding professional photographers and filmmakers. Championing the best in storytelling, the Canon Female Photojournalist Fellowship honors an outstanding photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism; while the Canon Video Grant recognizes those who wish to magnify a social, cultural or economic issue in documentary form. Managed in collaboration with Visa pour l’image, one of the world’s leading photojournalism festivals, the two grants give winners the necessary funding to pursue their project alongside a platform to be seen and heard. The winners will be officially presented at this year’s festival, which takes place in September in Perpignan, France, and their work will be presented the following year.
Canon Video Grant
For the third year, Canon’s Video Grant celebrates creative documentary filmmaking, recognizing the best emerging talent in filmmaking. The winner will be selected by a jury of professional personalities from the world of photography in June and will be awarded a grant of €8,000 plus the loan of a Canon kit to support the production of a short documentary film. Applications will be judged on the presentation, relevance and originality of their project.
Last year’s recipient – Camille Millerand – used the funding to work on her Les Invisibles project, which focuses on illegal workers who are a vital part of France’s economic activity. He also received the loan of state-of-the-art Canon professional video equipment to support the project. His documentary will be screened at the 2022 festival.
The best of female photojournalism
For the twenty-second consecutive year, Canon and Images Evidence will award the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant to an outstanding photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism – €8,000 will be awarded, supporting the winning photographer in her year-long project before their exhibition the following year.
The 2021 recipient, Acacia Johnson, received the grant to complete her project in Alaska – Knowing the Land from Above: Bush Pilots Connecting Rural Alaska. Currently, only 20% of Alaska is accessible by road, and dozens of its remote settlements, largely Alaska Native communities, depend on bushplanes for essential services including food, healthcare medical and emergency transport. Beginning in his hometown of Anchorage, the grant allowed Johnson to shine a light on this community through large-format portraits of pilots with their planes and aerial photographs of planes in flight across the Alaskan landscape. Johnson will present her work at Visa for the Image 2022.
Past grant recipients have received funding, support and exposure, becoming an inspiration to other female photographers in the industry. Acacia Johnson, winner of the 2021 scholarship, says:
“I was honored to be awarded the 2021 Canon Female Photojournalist Fellowship. The grant money allowed me to devote time, energy and creativity to a slower, more in-depth project, in the hope that it will make a lasting contribution to my home community. If you are considering applying, I encourage you to do so – the scholarship could change your career. It has enabled me to undertake a dream project of long time.
Applications for both grants are now open, with submissions closing on the 17thand May 2021.
For more information on the Canon Grant for Female Photojournalistplease visit: https://bit.ly/36mR3Nl
For more information on the Canon Video Grant, please visit: https://bit.ly/3IwZini
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