The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. The conflict may have been at the community level — for example, violence between rural ethnic groups or an urban riot in an industrialized country. It may have been a regional one, such as a rebel insurgency, or it may have been a full-scale war. There is no specific time frame that defines “aftermath,” although in general The Aftermath Project seeks to support stories which are no longer being covered by the mainstream media, or which have been ignored by the media. In general, conflict should be over for a situation to be deemed an “aftermath.” There are specific cases, however, where conflict may have continued for so long, or be the result of an aftermath situation, that they will be considered to be within the scope of The Aftermath Project. If you have doubts about whether your proposal meets these guidelines, please email[email protected].
Proposals should include an explanation of the specific aftermath issues related to the project being proposed, as well as an overview of the applicant’s plans for covering the story during the course of the grant year — i.e, the proposed timing of trips, etc. You MUST inform The Aftermath Project if you have any commercial commitments or contracts related to the project you are proposing, including book deals and exhibitions. Failure to do so on the part of a grant winner will automatically terminate the grant, and the winner will forfeit any funds he/she has not yet received from The Aftermath Project.
YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:
1. A signed application form, saved as a PDF or jpg file.
2. A project proposal, not to exceed two pages, saved as a PDF file.
3. A portfolio of no more than 30 images, in jpg format. You must label your images with your last name, followed by a number – ie, Smith_1.jpg. Your images MUST be sized 1200 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi – with a file size of NO LARGER than 2 MB PER PHOTO.
4. A caption sheet, saved as a PDF file.
5. Do NOT send anything else with your application.
NOTE ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO: If you have not yet begun the project you are proposing, that’s fine! Please submit other images that shows your photographic and storytelling skills. If you have begun the project you are proposing, please include a selection of those images in your portfolio.
TO FILE VIA DROPBOX:
1. When you are READY TO FILE, send an email to [email protected], asking to be invited to the Dropbox folder. Once you receive the invitation to join, you will have 24 hours to upload. Your invitation will be cancelled after 24 hours.
2. Put all your application materials into ONE FOLDER titled like this: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME, and put it into the Dropbox file. You will be notified by email that we have received your application (give us a week to do that, please).
NOTE: Your application materials will be downloaded as soon as possible and will not remain online for other photographers to see in the uploading process. We have tracking software that allows us to determine if you have looked into a file that is not your own. If you have done this, your application will automatically be disqualified.