The BigPicture Emerging Photographer Grant
Overview The California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition is launching a grant for emerging photographers, aged 18-25, to support the creation of photographic images around the themes of conservation, science and sustainability of the natural world. BigPicture’s goal is to encourage young photographers with fresh approaches
to this topic to present their views in photographs through a final Project. Applications for the BigPicture Emerging Photographer Grant will be accepted from March 15—May 31, 2020
and will include a portfolio and short Project description. Two $2,500 grants and mentorships will be awarded in July 2020. The works produced under the grants may be displayed at the
Academy in the 2021 BigPicture Exhibit.
Schedule March 15 – May 31, 2020 Applications accepted
June 2020 BigPicture team determines and notifies two
July 30, 2020 Grant Recipients announced at the BigPicture
Natural World Photography Awards Ceremony
May 1, 2021 Final Projects from two Grant Recipients due
July 2021 Grant Recipients’ final Projects displayed in
2021 BigPicture Exhibit
200–500 words explaining your background and the Proposal Materials submitted for consideration of the Grant. Please elaborate on how your portfolio relates to the Project
(e.g., how your work demonstrates intended photographic style, subject matter, techniques you wish to explore, etc.)
500–1,000 words outlining how you will use the Grant funding to further your Project.
Outline the Project goal(s) you wish to achieve with this funding and how you intend to accomplish them.
20–30 images and/or links to 3 videos that demonstrate your photography and videography skills. Images and videos do not need to be from a single project. At least 5 images and/or 1
video must relate to your Introduction.
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Natural World Photography
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Criteria for Grantee Selection
- 50% based on visual aesthetic and technical proficiency as demonstrated in the portfolio
- 25% based on originality of the Project (your vision)
- 25% potential impact of the Project
Deliverables A short multimedia piece set around the theme of conservation, science and sustainability of the natural world. The basis of the piece should be visual imagery in the form of photography or video. Final deliverable is due on May 1, 2021 and can be a series of 8–12 images, OR a curated/composed slideshow or video that is at least one minute and no more than three minutes in length. These may include animation, graphics, audio, and/or text.
Mentorship by California Academy of Sciences staff and partners includes a Project review midway through the grant cycle. This will take place in-person at the Academy, or via video
An invitation to photograph materials in the Academy scientific collections (date(s) TBD between Grantee and Academy).
Eligibility Open to all photographers ages 18–25 worldwide, except employees, volunteers and Board Members of the Academy (as well as their sponsors) and the immediate families and individuals living in the same household as such employees, volunteers and Board Members.
The Academy reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, Entrant eligibility. The BPPC is void where prohibited.
Grant Recipients retain ownership and all other rights to photographs and video created pursuant to the BigPicture Emerging Photographer Grant (the “Grant Images”), subject to
the following: Grant Recipients grant to the Academy a perpetual, nonexclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display Grant Images in all media throughout the world
directly in relation to the BigPicture Competition and Grant, including but not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, the exhibition of Grant Images at the Academy or to Academy licensees, and promotional and marketing materials regarding the BPEP Grant, the BigPicture Competition and Exhibition. Commercial opportunities
regarding an image will be negotiated separately.