The Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant is a series of reporting grants for freelance photojournalists, to support underreported stories told by journalists historically underrepresented in the American press. This grant is administered in partnership with Diversify Photo.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 inaugural grant prioritized stories told locally in the United States, with minimal travel required. Stories proposed covered the systemic, underreported issues of our time, including police brutality, the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities, environmental racism, food insecurity, the opioid crisis, and beyond.
Now for 2021, the grant program has expanded its reach and is now accepting proposals from freelance photojournalists from all over the world. We are seeking to support underreported stories told by historically underrepresented journalists. The grant could be used for the hard costs associated with reporting, including transportation, translator fees, housing, food, and other essential expenses.
"This grant was conceived in response to the enormous and disproportionate strain COVID-19 has placed on Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. The urgency of telling these stories has been underscored by the global response to police brutality and systematic racism we have seen unfold over the last few weeks," said Brent Lewis and Andrea Wise, co-founders of Diversify Photo. "We believe that stories—especially those reported by those closest to them—have the power to promote greater understanding and accountability for injustice, but access to funding and resources for telling these stories remains more difficult for journalists from underrepresented groups. Together we can ensure this moment in history is documented and reported by those with the greatest authority and capacity to understand these issues."
"The Pulitzer Center is thrilled to partner with Diversify Photo on this special fund," said Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center. "Our mission has always been to focus on underreported critical global issues. And our commitment to raising awareness of the challenges vulnerable communities are facing—specifically through the lenses of photographers from those communities—is more important than ever right now."
Should applicants need assistance connecting with potential publishing outlets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three recipients of the inaugural Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant in 2020, with support from Fujifilm, were Joana Toro, Sarahbeth Maney, and Eli Hiller. Read the announcement. Their projects can be seen here:
- Sarahbeth Maney's "Reclaiming Her Space: Birthing Through a Pandemic"
- Joana Toro's "Where is Mickey Mouse"
- Eli Hiller's "Within Reach" (forthcoming)