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What is the FiftyCrows International Fund for Documentary Photography?


“I have to once again reiterate my profound thanks for the Photo Fund for allowing me the opportunity to go in depth into an issue which at this point in time is loaded with political, social and cultural meanings...the grant has not only furthered this body of work, but also my own career as an emerging photographer.”

Diana Matar
IFDP Winner 2003
North America Region
Essay: The Veil as Resistance

Now in its 14th year, the International Fund for Documentary Photography competition remains one of the premiere photography programs in the world. As the core program of FiftyCrows, the Photo Fund supports emerging documentary photographers whose outstanding ability in visual storytelling leads us to a better understanding of our common humanity.

Funding for the grants program comes from sales of Fine Prints donated by well-established photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Paul Fusco, Eve Arnold and Hansel Mieth. Over 100 photographers have donated special editions of their work for this purpose. Their understanding of the need for emerging documentary photographers to be supported has been matched by their incredible generosity. Membership in FiftyCrows, at the $35 level or above, provides access to purchase these prints which have been reduced in price to create an incentive and reward for your support of the Program. All income from these sales goes to the Photo Fund grants program.

Photographers Ken Light and Michele Vignes, and Creative Director Kerry Tremain, founded the International Fund for Documentary Photography in 1989 as a project of Mother Jones magazine. In the early years of the program, the Photo Fund received support and guidance from its advisory committee whose members have included acclaimed photographers Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Marc Riboud and Mary Ellen Mark.

Today, the Photo Fund continues to attract support and accolades from the photography community while providing much needed monetary grants to the Winners. FiftyCrows has evolved the Photo Fund Program to include broader distribution of the winning essays to a worldwide audience of millions in order to bring about awareness leading to action and positive social change. To date, the Photo Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to 78 photographers from over 30 countries around the world.


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