Grants & Open Calls

The 2018 Washington Post Open Call for Photographers

Visual stories depicting daily life including, but not limited to, climate change, environment, gun control, the human condition, politics, and culture - from anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested in the visual stories you are photographing where you live. 

Final call. Deadline will not be extended. 

Accepting submissions: October 6 to November 11, 2018
Visit: The Washington Post via Visura


Status: Closed

Submissions are closed.


November 11, 2018 (11:59pm, EST)

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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  • • All submissions are made via a “Project” created from your Visura photographer's dashboard
    • Projects may be ongoing or a recently completed
    • Image size: minimum 1600px on the longest dimension(22.5 inches @ 72 dpi, JPG format)
    • Include a written reflection, in the first person, as the Project text
    • Two entries allowed per person  
    • Projects may be 'published' or 'private' within the Visura system
    • There is no entry fee during the application process.

  • Who can submit: 
    Photographers worldwide. All Applicants must have an active STANDARD, PLUS, PRIME or GUILD membership account to submit for consideration.
  • What to submit: 
    Each Entry consists of a project made up of a series of images (minimum of 15 images, maximum 35), a short synopsis and 100 to 400 word written reflection about the project.


    Open only to individuals who are Visura Annual Members with an active Standard, PLUS, PRIME, or GUILD annual membership, have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction at the time of entry, and DO NOT reside where prohibited. Employees of FotoVisura Inc., The Washington Post, and related parties are ineligible.  Each entry consists of a project(s) entry form, a series of photographs, a project summary, and a first-person narrative related to the work.  The Contest begins October 6 , 2018 at 8:00:00 a.m. US Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) and ends on November 11, 2018 at 11:59:00 p.m. EDT.   Two entries allowed per person. This is a merit-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.  Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received and skill of entrant. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules ("Official Rules"). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. Review full Official Rules at   VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sponsor is The Washington Post, 1301 K St NW, Washington, DC 20071, USA ("Sponsor").