2021 – LHSA Photography Grant-Now Taking Applications

Jul 1, 2021  By Richard Rejino

Image by Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen, 2020 recipient of the LHSA Photo Grant

The fifth annual LHSA Photography Grant in the amount of $5,000 has been established to provide financial support for deserving photographers who are in the process of creating or completing a personal photographic project.

The number of applications will be limited to fifty (50). All applications have a fee of $30 USD and must adhere closely to the application requirements. If an application does not follow the requirements as outlined, it will be rejected.

The application period is open from now until September 13, 2021. All applications will be submitted online via the link below. Please read the rules below:

Applications are closed – we have reached our maximum entries (50).
  • The LHSA Photography Grant is open to photographers who will be at least 18 years old on or before July 31, 2021. You do not have to be a member of LHSA to apply.
  • Use of a Leica camera is not required.  Membership in LHSA is not required
  • Images must be the work and property solely of the photographer.  Any required releases are the responsibility of the photographer. 
  • The photographic project may be new or in progress and must be completed within one year of being awarded unless LHSA agrees to an extension.
  • By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless LHSA and its officers, directors, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Grant.
  • Officers and Directors of LHSA and past grant recipients are not eligible to enter.
  • Deadline for entries: September 13, 2021, 11:59 PM CST.

Payment of Application Fee: $30.00 USD

Artist bio/Statement

  1. Applicant’s Name · address · phone · email
  2. Project Title:
  3. Project Description: A written proposal (no more than one page) that describes the purpose and nature of the project and how you will accomplish it.
  4. Grant funds budget: A budget detailing expenses you expect to incur during the completion of the project.
  5. Any applicable website/social media links

Portfolio Requirements

  1. Applications must include a portfolio of 10 images that illustrate the project
  2. Each image file name must include the Photographer’s name, title, and a sequence number. (i.e.: smith[title]01
  • Ten to fifteen applications will be selected by an LHSA selection panel to be sent to our jury of distinguished photographers for final selection. Finalist jurors include Craig SemetkoMaggie SteberSara Terry, and Peter Turnley. All decisions of the selection panel or the judges will be final.
  • LHSA reserves the right to amend grant rules and submission guidelines.
  • LHSA reserves the right not to award a grant if in the sole judgment of the jury there is no submission warranting a grant.
  • The grant winner will be announced at the LHSA Virtual Conference and Annual Meeting on Oct 22 – 23, 2021.
  • The recipient will be featured in LHSA’s prestigious quarterly journal, Viewfinder, and will be considered for an exhibition at a Leica Store or Gallery in North America.
  • Grant recipient(s) shall be selected and notified by e-mail or telephone before the 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • The recipient will be invited to attend the LHSA annual meeting and make a short presentation  (Seattle, Washington)
  • Grant funds will be disbursed in two portions. $4000 up-front prior to project completion. The remaining $1000 will be disbursed upon completion of the project and upon receipt of a Project Report/ photo essay in digital form for the LHSA website.
  • Grant recipients are expected to provide a brief follow-up report/blog post/photo essay upon completion of the project that describes how the project progressed, and which provides a detailed explanation of how funds were used. 
  • Final Project reports must be submitted within a year of the award disbursement unless extended by LHSA.

The grant recipient retains all copyright and ownership of images submitted and resulting from the project. By accepting the grant, the award winner agrees to allow LHSA –  The International Leica Society, to feature the final project on its website and quarterly journal or otherwise to promote LHSA, the project, and grant.


All questions about the contest shall be directed to LHSA at this email address: info@lhsa.org.

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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