From Robin Hammond's 'Condemned – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis' series. Hammond was the 2013 winner of the W. Eugene Smith grant. 

The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is seeking entrants to win a $30,000 (~£18,062) grant to work on a current or future documentary project, and up to $5,000 (~£3,010) if a finalist is deemed 'worthy of special recognition'.

Named after legendary American photographer W. Eugene Smith, the fund provides money to photographers who, according to the fund’s president Marcel Saba, 'have created bodies of work that illustrate the human condition and provide a voice for those who cannot provide one for themselves'. 

Photographers applying for the grant can visit the smithfund.org website. Up to forty images may be submitted for the grant. Photos must be from an ongoing project but can include past work that is representative of the photographer's vision of a proposed project. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2014.

A three member panel appointed by the Fund's trustees will evaluate the 'substantive' merit of the work. Candidates may be asked to write a detailed plan for the project and answer panel questions. 

Established in 1996, the fund was established to honor Howard Chapnick of the legendary Black Star photo agency. Previous winners of the grant have included Eugene Richards, Paolo Pellegrin, Stanley Greene, James Nachtwey and Sebastião Salgado.

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