Enter this new prize supporting photographers post-COVID

The Creator Labs Photo Fund will be giving 20 creators $5,000 each.

by Jenna Mahale
01 July 2021, 9:40am

Images by Daniel Jack Lyons (left) and Rydel Cerezo (right)

Starting this week (1 July) and running through 16 July, the Creator Labs Photo Fund is accepting submissions for its new photography prize. The project is an initiative from Google and Aperture that aims to provide dedicated financial support for artists in need, following the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. God knows we all need some hefty financial support right about now.

Thanks to the Creator Labs Photo Fund, you could be one of the 20 specially selected entrants to receive a prize of $5,000. “We are thrilled to partner with Google on the Creator Labs Photo Fund,” says Aperture’s creative director, Lesley A. Martin, “and we hope that together we can contribute to sustaining the future of photography. We all communicate with images today: we want to encourage photographers to keep working toward a more rigorous, more expansive range of expressions to the field.”

In order to enter, all photographers or lens-based artists need to be aged 18 years or older and living in the United States (sorry to my UK girlies, your time will come soon). The good news for those eligible however is submissions are thankfully 100% free to make: all you need to do to apply to the Creator Labs Photo Fund is submit eight to 10 images from one body of work, which show “a commitment to making a cohesive and compelling series or project.” The project specifically does NOT need to be finished in order to enter. Serial procrastinators, you can breathe out now.

And if you’re nervous about not measuring up to the competition? Don’t be. According to the rules of the prize, entrants’ “prior experience, publications, or exhibition history” will not be considered. Instead, all entries will be assessed “on the strength and originality of their vision.” If you can get that vision sorted by the 16 July deadline, this isn’t an opportunity to miss. You can find more details about the prize here.

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