eligibility &

Image above: © Isabela Pacini, Runner Up of the 2nd Edition

Worldwide. Established photographers, professional, amateurs and students. Age requirement: > 15 yo. By students we mean all type of students, of any career, not only arts, and including university and postgraduate students. A professional photographers is defined as anyone who earns more than 50 percent of her/his annual income from photography.

Planned or unfinished project as well as ongoing and finished to be promoted, are entitled to be submitted. For the purposes of this Grant a project is defined as a planned set of interrelated images to be executed (or already executed) over a fixed period. The type and theme is open: all projects are viable: editorial or photojournalism, documentary, fine art, wild life, nature, landscapes, street photography, portraits, environmental, alternative processes including the manufacturing of reality, etc. Images can be in color or B& and W or a mix of both, provided it is a coherent body of work.

A project submitted should consist of a set of 8 to 20 images, accompanied by an artist's CV and a project description and/or statement.

Up to three projects can be submitted provided they are different body of works. Second and third projects have significant lower application fees.


deadlines & Submission fees

Next edition (4th) will open on july 10, 2019 

Professional photographers: US$ 50 the first project (8 to 20 images)
Amateur photographers: US$ 40  the first project  
Students: U$S 30 per project (proof of student ID required) 

Each additional Project, in any of the 3 sections (Pro, Non-Pro, Students): US$ 15. 

Announcement dates

The Grant Recipient, Runner Ups and Shortlisted will be juried by the curators' team of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography led by Julio Hirsch-Hardy, Biennial's Artistic Director.

Announcement and publishing of the shortlist, and the recipient of the grant:

On or before End of September, 2019

Results will be announced by email to all submitters, in this site and to the media. All shortlisted projects as well as the project of the Grant Recipient will be published including all images and statements (one entire page for each shortlisted headed by the project of the Grant Recipient). 



recipient of the grant

US$ 3,000

The Grant is payable is six consecutive monthly stipends of  US$ 500 each, starting 30 days after the announcement of the recipient. 

Recipient and Shortlisted photographers will be invited to be part of the Biennial's Grant Community of Recognized Photographers, exchanging ideas with us and the other members, about the evolution of this Biennial's Grant.


submission guidelines &

Type of Project – Body of work. Open theme: editorial or photojournalism, documentary, fine art, wild life, nature, landscapes, street photography, portraits, environmental, alternative processes, and digital manipulation. 

Finished or totally completed projects can be submitted and in that case the grant can be used for promotion, exhibition, book, etc.

Stage of the Project – Drafted, Unfinished, Ongoing, or Complete.

Material to submit –

  • 8 (min) to 20 (max) images illustrating the body of work of the project. Images can be color or B&W or a mix of both. In case of a drafted project to be initiated, please send images as blueprints of the project.

  • 1 pdf containing a short biography and a 300 words (max) description and/or statement of the project. Please include also how are you planning to spend the grant.

  • Students should also send a scan of their student's ID.

Image specifications –

  • Resolution 72 dpi

  • JPG (sRGB or AdobeRGB)

  • 1400 pixels in the longest side

  • Quality: High (Photoshop 8)

  • No watermark

  • Diptychs, Triptychs, etc are accepted

File name specifications –

The file name should contain the Entrant Name, the country of the entrant, the Project name, and a sequential number indicating the order images have to be seen, separated by underscores.

For example, for an entrant named John Smith from Ireland submitting a Project of 15 images titled Shepherds, the files names will be:

John Smith_Ireland_Shepherds_01.jpg
John Smith_Ireland_Shepherds_15.jpg

Please follow strictly this specifications. Wrongly submitted file names or image specifications may not upload in the registration form. Although we won't reject them, it will force us to contact you to correct your submission.

Copyright &

Copyright – All entrants warrant that they own the work submitted and they have exclusive copyright. By submitting to this grant entrants agree with these rules and conditions of entry.
The Biennial's Grant recognizes that the authors retain full ownership of the image copyright.

Usage – Entrants warrant that their photographs may be reproduced for the purpose of marketing and promoting the Biennial's Grant in catalogues, posters, postcards, publications, and on the Internet. Such use is granted for not more than two years after the announcement of the grant, and without payment to the photographer or featured models. Photographers will receive photo credits with each use, and will allow the Biennial¡s Grant to sub-license their photographs to the press for reproduction in connection with the Biennial's Grant.

Starting April 28th, 2019, you may apply to the Grant

Click here to go to the application form

The Biennial's Grant will treat entrant’s data confidential, and their email addresses or other personal data will only be used to contact the entrants, and will not be transmitted to third parties without explicit consent.

The Biennial's Grant has the right to reject and remove any entry that contains defamatory, racist, obscene, or pornographic content, or that may be considered a criminal offense or violate any law.