The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Program are offering grants for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. With these grants, it supports visual documentation of important human rights and social issues in the region and provide training and mentorship to local photographers.
The competition is open to photographers from the following countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Applicants must currently reside in their home country. Exceptions will be made for applicants from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan living outside their home country.
Applicants from other countries may also be eligible if they can demonstrate a long-term commitment to one of the designated countries (for example, by having lived and worked in one of the countries for many years).
Professional and emerging photographers are eligible to apply. Photographers who have not specialized in documentary photography will be considered as long as the proposed work is documentary in nature.
Technical familiarity with photography is required Journalists or activists who have not had experience with photography are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must speak English or Russian.
Participants must be able to attend both workshops (in November 2012 and June 2013) and commit themselves to working and communicating consistently over the six months of the grant term.
Collaborative projects will be considered and applicants from different countries may apply together (in which case each photographer will receive a $3,500 grant).
Deadline- May 10, 2012
For more information, visit this link: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/news/production-grants-20120321