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Visura Grant for Personal Projects 2017

Empowers photographers by supporting the production and development of a personal photography project.
Accepting submissions: February 15 to April 6, 2017
Visit: Visura Grants

Status: Closed

Applications are currently closed.

Application procedure

  • Your application must include the items listed below. There is no entry fee during the application process.
  •  What to submit: Limited one project per photographer. Each Entry consists of a photography project made up of a series of images (minimum of 15 images, maximum 35), a short synopsis and a long written reflection about the project.  
    Specs: minimum 1600px on the longest dimension (22.5 inches @ 72 dpi, JPG format)
    Text: Include a 700 word written reflection in First-person, as the Project text describing the project. Ex. What is the story or project about? Where does it take place? If more than one place, please specify. If completed, when was it photographed? If ongoing, when did you begin the story/project? What is the story you want to convey? 

    How to submit: All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura’s dashboard.
    Who can submit: Photojournalists worldwide. All Applicants must have an active PLUS, PRIME or GUILD membership account to submit for consideration.

  • About the Project: Projects may be ongoing or a recently completed project
    Project Privacy Settings:
    Projects may be 'published' or 'private' within the Visura system

Terms & conditions

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And the winners are...

Grant winner:
Léonard Pongo (Belgium) - The Uncanny

Juan Arredondo (Colombia) - Everybody Needs A Good Neighbor

Honorable Mentions:

In alphabetical order
1. Adrian Domínguez (Spanish)- Weland
2. Agata Grzybowska (Polish)- 9 Gates of No Return
3. Alfredo Bosco (Italian)- Davai Donbass
4. Amy Osborne (American)- Taylor Miller
5. Andrea de Franciscis (Italian)- Dhelirium
6. Andrea Wise (American) - Side effects of being a woman
7. Benjamin Hoste (American) - Nothing can steal what we build
8. Charlotte Schmitz (German) - Untitled
9. Clary Estes (American) - Those who remain
10. Emily Schiffer (American) - Kin
11. Giorgio Bianchi (Italian) - Donbass Story-Evgeny
12. Isadora Kosofsky (American) - Vinny and David
13. Jessica Eve Rattner (American) - House of Charm
14. Joan Alvado (Spain) - Cuban Muslims: Tropical Faith
15. José Sarmento Matos (Portuguese) - How Can I help you?
16. Julia Cybularz (American) - The Mathematician
17. Sarah Blesener (American) - Toy Soldiers
18. Tommaso Protti (Italian) - Terra Vermelha
19. Natalie Keyssar (American) - The Office of Hope
20. Nikos Pilos (Greek) - Trapped


Visura awards one winner with a $5,000 cash prize.
Other photographers are recognized with various levels of recognition from finalist to honorable mention.


  • Monica Allende
    Photo Editor, curator & educator

  • Yukiko Yamagata
    Acting Interim Director
    The Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project

  • Mike Davis
    The Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography
    The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

  • Gina Martin
    Managing Account Executive Editorial Sales, International
    National Geographic Creative

  • Adriana Teresa Letorney

  • Scott Thode
    director of residency program

Submission fee

Submission to Visura Grants and Open Calls is free for our members. While we encourage new members to join Visura (review costs), we actively discourage photographers from joining for the sole purpose of applying to a contest.

We believe in a better model and we seek to create an alternative to the status quo of pay-per-contest.

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