The Grant

The MFON Legacy Grant

Calling all photography submissions for the inaugural MFON Legacy Grant 2018.  

The deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018, 11:59pm PST.                

Our goal is to support emerging and mid-career women photographers of the African diaspora. With that in mind, we are offering a $1,000 grant to assist with the continuation and/or completion of an existing fine art or documentary project or the launch of a new idea. The recipient of the MFON legacy grant will also have their winning work included in the upcoming edition of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora and will be invited to future panel talks and workshops. The winning works should be ready to publish by July 1st, 2018. We are looking for submissions that have not been distributed and/or published.

The applicant self-identifies as a woman of African descent.

We are currently only accepting applications from individuals.

A complete application will include:

  • A cohesive body of work consisting of 8 to 10 still images sized at 1200 pixels on the longest dimension and 72 dpi in JPEG format. All works created by any photographic process are accepted. Files must be labeled as first name, last name, underscore then number (for example, NnekaJohnson_01, etc) Watermarked images will not be accepted. 
  • A CV or resume
  • A biography of 150 words maximum
  • An artist statement of 100 words maximum
  • A description of the submitted images of 300 words maximum. The description must include personal or professional relevance or a social and/or historical context.

Please note: bio, resume, project description and artist statement should be in a single PDF document

There is no entry fee. Incomplete applications will be not be considered.

Please send complete applications to

Copyright is retained by the photographer. The applicant must be author of the photograph.

The deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018, 11:59pm PST.

The recipient will be announced on June 15, 2018

MFON Legacy Grant Judges

Sandra Stevenson – Visual Editor, The New York Times

Nicole Crowder – Photography Editorial Consultant

Danielle Jackson – Curator, Writer

Sema Eissen – Estate of Mmekutmfon ‘Mfon’ Essien