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Inge Morath Award, 2012 Guidelines

The Inge Morath Award, 2012

The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation announce the 11th annual Inge Morath Award. The annual award of $5,000 is awarded by the Magnum Foundation to a female photographer under the age of 30, to support the completion

of a long-term documentary project. One award winner and up to two finalists are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers and the director of the Inge Morath Foundation. Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established to manage Morath’s estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography. Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is now given by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission of supporting new generations of socially-conscious documentary photographers, and is administered by the Magnum Foundation in collaboration with the Inge Morath Foundation. Past winners of the Inge Morath Award include: Zhe Chen (China, ’11) for Bees; Lurdes R. Basolí (Spain, ’10) for Caracas, The City of Lost Bullets and Claire Martin (Australia, ’10) for Selections from The Downtown East Side and Slab City; Emily Schiffer (US, ’09) for Cheyenne River; Kathryn Cook (US, ’08) for Memory Denied: Turkey and the Armenian Genocide; Olivia Arthur (UK, ’07) for The Middle Distance; Jessica Dimmock (US, ’06) for The Ninth Floor; Mimi Chakarova (US, ’06) for Sex Trafficking in Eastern Europe; Claudia Guadarrama (MX, ’05) for Before the Limit; and Ami Vitale (US, ’02), for Kashmir.


All submissions must be postmarked or delivered by April 30th, 2012.

Form of Submission:

– Images should be sent as a PDF document ONLY (no Quicktime, Powerpoint, or HTML files will be accepted). – The first image of your PDF should show your name and the title of your project. – Please do NOT format your document as a slideshow; we’ll do that for you. Also, please do not password-protect your file. – A folder with the individual image files (JPEGs) must accompany the PDF file. – All submissions must consist of work done solely by the submitting photographer. – Photographers represented by Magnum Photos and their immediate relatives are not eligible.

Required Support Material:

– Project description. This should describe the project and how the Award will be used to complete work on the project. – Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages) including name, email address, telephone number, and mailing address. – Photocopy or scan of ID clearly showing date of birth. All applicants must be under the age of 30 on April 30th, 2012.

Image File Specifications:

– 40 – 60 images (1200 pixels on the longest side @ 150 DPI saved as a JPEG compression at 8 minimum). – In the folder containing individual images, please use numbered filenames indicating the image sequence, with the number coming first in the file name and then last name; for example: 01_Smith, 02_Smith, 03_Smith etc. (use only two digit numbers; 01, 02, 03, etc.). – Please label your CD with your name and contact information before sending it, and please test the CD to ensure that both it and your PDF are functional.

Digital Submission:

– If you wish to submit your files digitally, please compress your complete submission into ONE FILE before sending. – Digital files may be submitted to this address: – It is highly recommended that anyone submitting digitally contact the Inge Morath Foundation to directly confirm that your submission has been received. (Please do NOT contact Magnum.)

Submissions By Mail:

– Submissions may be sent on CD by mail to the address below: Inge Morath Award c/o Magnum Photos 151 West 25th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001 USA

Return of Submissions:

Submissions that are not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Applicants waive any claims for loss of or damage to their submissions.

Announcement of Winner:

July 2011 on the web sites of the Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Foundation.

Fine Print:

IM Award recipients and finalists grant the Magnum Foundation a license to reproduce, display and distribute their submissions solely in connection with the administration and judging of the Inge Morath Award, including on the Magnum Foundation website and the Inge Morath Foundation website. IM Award recipients agree that any future publication, exhibition or display of the funded project shall credit the Inge Morath Award and the Magnum Foundation. Upon completion of the funded project, a final (digital) copy must be provided to the Magnum Foundation. The Foundation, in furtherance of its charitable purposes, may, in the future, (1) display the project on its website and make it available for display on the website of the Inge Morath Foundation; and (2) publicly display the project (or excepts from it) in connection with exhibitions or promotional materials related to the Inge Morath Award. The Foundation will credit the artist as the author and copyright holder

of her photographs. IM Award recipients may be required to provide additional identifying information prior to receiving payment.

Further Information:

IM Foundation Contact Info

10 thoughts on “Inge Morath Award, 2012 Guidelines”

  1. The information is in the comment/link above. The deadline for submissions was 4/30. The Award will be announced in July.

  2. Hello

    Ive received a small grant from an Indian Foundation for my documentary. I can still apply for the awards right?

  3. Good Morning,

    Had a question about the award announcement. When will it take place?

  4. No, not at all. It means that if you are the recipient of the IM Award for a project, you’re expected to credit the IM Foundation and the Magnum Foundation with any subsequent publication or exhibition of it.

  5. “IM Award recipients agree that any future publication, exhibition or display of the funded project shall credit the Inge Morath Award and the Magnum Foundation.”

    Does this mean that the imagery cannot be used without express permission from Ingemorath because of copyright restrictions?


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