The Granting Process

In this day and age photographers can still apply for grants, whenever these are available, of course. Here Alain Briot shares some valuable advice on how to fill in a successful application

In mid-2014, Kevin Raber and Michael Reichmann, respectively publishers and founders of, created the Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment is a charitable fund whose goal is to provide financial assistance through grants to help deserving photographers worldwide fulfil their vision and complete their projects.
I was invited to be one of the judges for the Luminous Endowment for Photographers. This is a non-paid position that I accepted because I want to return something to the photographic community.

My experience
The first round of applications took place in the autumn of 2014 and the winners were announced in late November 2014. As a judge I had to provide my selection of winning entries by November 15th.

This was my first experience of judging entries for grant applications. Because having judging experience is useful to decide who gets the awards, I asked Natalie, my wife, to help me as she had been a contest judge on several previous occasions. However, the final decision was entirely mine. Overall I found the judging process both enlightening and frustrating. I also found that many applicants missed being included in my final selection because of …

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on his website.

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