Announcing the 2016 Emergency Fund grantees


We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Emergency Fund, a program that supports independent photographers to produce in-depth and creative stories on underreported issues.

This year's grants are made in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund expanding the support for photographers working on critical issues in their home regions, specifically within Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Grantees were selected by an independent editorial committee from a pool of 140 photographers nominated by 26 international editors, curators, and educators. “I anticipate this group of visual artists will produce transcendent and extraordinary photography in 2016 and well beyond. They are a remarkable group of talented, diverse, and devoted people,” said editorial committee member James Wellford.

They are a remarkable group of talented, diverse, and devoted people
— James Wellford

Magnum Foundation fosters creativity, innovation, and diversity in documentary photography. The Prince Claus Fund channels support in spaces where cultural expression and creative production are limited or restricted. This convergence of values is expanding the capacity of the Emergency Fund to amplify independent perspectives often overlooked in mainstream media.

Our 2016 grantees include 18 photographers working in 15 different countries. A hallmark of the Emergency Fund program is its support for socially engaged photographers working within their own communities. “The ability to increase our financial support for photographers who are reporting on issues in their own countries creates new, vital, and alternative sources of shared information. There are few opportunities that offer photographers the potential for impact and recognition in the way that the Emergency Fund does,” remarked editorial committee member Alexa Dilworth.

This year’s grantees join an accomplished group of 60 previous grantees, bringing the number of photographers supported by the EF over the past seven years to 78. The collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund has made this the largest group of EF grantees supported in a single year, enabling a significant increase in both the number of projects being produced and in the geographic representation of the photographers. A total of $138,000 will be dispersed across this year’s supported projects, the most grant funds dispersed in a single year to date.

The range of issues and approaches this year’s grantees are covering is extraordinary, including projects by Injinaash Bor, exploring teen culture and generational shifts within Mongolian society; by Thomas Dworzak, a seasoned photographer who in addition to photographing the refugee crisis, will create a resource guide to distribute amongst refugees; and by Endia Beal, looking at the commonalities of experience shared by African American women in the workplace.

For specific information regarding the grant, please email press@magnumfoundation.org.