Moving Walls Grants for International Photographers

Deadline: 26 February, 2013
Open to: international photographers
Grants:  covers the costs of exhibition, travel, printing, drymounting, and production plus a $2,000 royalty payment will be paid to photographers for exhibiting their work


The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 21 group exhibition, scheduled to open in New York in the fall 2013. The Moving Walls exhibition series showcases documentary photography that highlights human rights and social issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain exposure for their projects, as well as the social justice or human rights issues they address. In addition to a $2,500 honorarium, photographers receive their professionally produced exhibitions at the end of the exhibition tour in New York and Washington, D.C.


Each Moving Walls exhibit highlights issues or geographic regions where the Open Society Foundations are active. Priority is given to work whose subject has not been recently addressed in Moving Walls, and special consideration is given to long-term work produced over years of commitment to an issue or community. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of the work has been completed.

Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.

Photographers working in their home countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.


A $2,000 royalty payment will be paid to photographers for exhibiting their work in New York and Washington, DC, and, if selected, an additional $500 to display it in London; plus production costs based on approved budget.

When the exhibition tour is completed, photographers will receive the framed and/or mounted work. The Open Society Foundations will cover the costs of returning work up to $750 for photographers based in the United States and $1250 internationally.

To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to select Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff.

How to apply

You can submit your application here

You will be asked to complete or upload the following:

  • project summary (50 words maximum)
  • project statement* (600 words maximum) describing the project you would like to exhibit
  • short narrative bio (250 words maximum) summarizing your previous work and experience
  • summary of your engagement with the story or issue (600 words maximum). Please respond to the following questions: What is your relationship with the issue or community you photographed?

Deadline for applications is 26 February, 2013.

For more information see the Application Guidelines

Contact: [email protected]

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