Current opportunities:

Prism Photo Workshop Grant: Closed for 2021; apply in 2022

Prism Photo Workshop offers a $500 grant to a photographer or multimedia journalist to produce and publish a photography or multimedia project. The winner will be selected based on a portfolio consisting of up to 10 single images, video clips or completed videos and a 500-word description of the project. The applicant may submit separate work or visuals already produced for the project.

 

Applicants must be a resident of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will County in Illinois or Lake County, Indiana.

Prism Photo Workshop Scholarship: Closed for 2021; apply in 2022

Prism Photo Workshop offers a $500 scholarship to a high school or college student interested in pursuing photojournalism as a career. The winner will be selected based on a portfolio of up to 10 work samples and a 500-word essay.

 

Applicants must have at least one year of school left to complete and be a resident of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will County in Illinois or Lake County, Indiana.

Past recipients of Prism Photo Workshop scholarships and grants:

 

The 2020 Prism Photo Workshop grant:

Beatriz Beckford is an Artist/Activist who believes that arts and culture serve as important mechanisms for stewarding critical dialogues and facilitating radical social change that is essential to moving towards the beloved communities we dream of and work to create. For over ten years her personal, professional, and academic pursuits have focused on the arts, community organizing, anti-oppression work, and community-based popular education approaches.  Most significantly, much of the arts and activism work she has engaged in coupled with her own use of making/creating as a tool for personal growth has allowed her the opportunity to gain invaluable experience channeling the energy and innovative ideas of others and helping such individuals, not herself, see themselves as powerful and creative change-makers and stewards of the arts, community, and justice.

The 2020 Prism Photo Workshop scholarship:

Taylor Dominique Mason (she/they) is a photographer, producer, and astrologer based in Chicago. A California native, Taylor’s upbringing at the intersection of different cultural, political, and racial backgrounds informed and inspired her curiosity.  As co-founder of Black Brown + Breathing, Taylor works with fellow community organizers, yoga teachers, and artists of color to create spaces of healing, celebration, and social connection throughout Chicago’s south and west sides. Before transitioning into film full time, Taylor spent seven years working in politics and community organizations advocating for gender justice and an end to mass incarceration. Throughout this time, she worked with film and theater organizations in London, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. 

 

Taylor’s written and visual work has been featured in HuffPost, ForHarriet, and Rootwork Journal, and largely centers femmes and families of color, and the ways in which we heal ourselves and our communities through nature, daily ritual, and the spiritual healing practices of our ancestors. She is currently producing several shorts and a feature documentary, and will graduate from Columbia College Chicago with her MFA in Creative Producing in 2022.

The 2021 Prism Missouri Photo Workshop scholarship: 

Maryam Turaki, whose work focuses on African women, health, education and human rights, will attend the 2021 Missouri Photo Workshop as the Prism Scholarship recipient. "Photography is a tool for healing," Turaki has written. "In looking at others, we see ourselves." We're excited to see Maryam's thoughtful, moment-driven work contribute to the 73rd year of the workshop.

The 2021 Prism CatchLight grant: 

Lukwaiya is an Indigenous photographer who seeks to challenge inaccurate narratives. As the recipient of the first CatchLight/Prism Grant, he will document and raise funds to address an ongoing water crisis in his community of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. "I hope to humanize and document people in ways that represent them. Journalism has a long history of not respecting and documenting Indigenous communities," he said.

The 2020 Prism Photo Workshop scholarship:

Kaleb Autman is a Chicago-based creative director, producer, educator, writer, scholar, community organizer, and political strategist. His work focuses on youth incarceration, police violence, conscience media making, and social inequities. At the age of 18, this nationally published and internationally traveled social justice scholar has contributed to over 25 political campaigns, ranging from unseating a corrupt states attorney to delivering personal goods and community to people in developing countries. Autman’s work is built upon the necessity of relationships and accountability. He has been published by outlets like Apple, BET, ABC, Truthout⠀

The 2020 Prism Photo Workshop grant:

Linghua (Lily) Qi is a multimedia journalist based in Chicago. Qi received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University specialized in social justice and investigative reporting. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Nikkei Asian Review, Civil Eats and the Navajo Times. She is a graduate from Kartemquin Educational Films internship program and a former fellow at Free Spirit Media.