Canon has just announced the launch of its annual Photojournalism Grants in association with Visa pour l’image 2022. The Canon Video Grant and the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant will be awarded to an outstanding storyteller based on relevance and originality of his project.
Now in its third year, the Canon Video Grant recognizes the best emerging filmmaking talent through documentaries that explore a social, cultural or economic issue. Not only will the winner receive a grant of €8,000 (approximately $8,800 / £6,700), but they will also be loaned Canon camera equipment such as the Canon EOS C70 to help with the production of the documentary. Last year’s winner was Camille Millerand who received the grant for her short film The Invisibleswhich focuses on essential illegal workers in France.
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For the past 22 years, Canon has also recognized the incredible work of female photojournalists in the field with the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant. Again, a scholarship of €8,000 will be awarded to the deserving winner and their work will also be exhibited at Visa for the image in 2022.
Acacia Johnson was the 2021 recipient and used the money to complete a project in Alaska called Knowing the Land from Above: Bush Pilots Connected Rural Alaska. She has photographed large format portraits of the pilots and their planes, as well as aerial shots of the pilots in flight, which are a vital lifeline for Alaska Natives. They carry items such as food, medical care, and are even used for emergency transportation.
“I was honored to receive the 2021 Canon Female Photojournalist Fellowship,” Acacia said. “The grant money has allowed me to devote time, energy and creativity to a slower, more in-depth project, in the hopes that it will be a lasting contribution to my home community. If you are considering applying, I encourage you – the scholarship could change my career, it allowed me to take on a long-time dream project”
Applications for both scholarships are now open, and to submit your application you must be a professional photojournalist, be fluent in French or English, not have won the award in the past five years, and have relevant work at TP submit. Registration is free and registration will close on May 17.
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