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About the Award

 The Magnum Foundation and the Inge Morath Estate are pleased to announce the 23rd annual Inge Morath Award, a $7,500 grant given to a woman or nonbinary photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. One finalist will also receive a $1,000 grant in support of their project. The recipient and finalist are selected by a jury composed of Magnum photographers, the Executive Director of the Magnum Foundation, and Inge Morath Estate.

 Inge Morath was an Austrian-born photographer who was associated with Magnum Photos for nearly fifty years. After her death in 2002, the Inge Morath Foundation was established with a limited-term mission to manage Morath’s estate and facilitate the study and appreciation of her contribution to photography. With the closure of the research space in 2014, the Inge Morath archive was acquired by the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and a set of Morath’s master prints by the Yale University Art Gallery, where they are now available to scholars.

 Because Morath devoted much of her enthusiasm to encouraging women photographers, her colleagues at Magnum Photos established the Inge Morath Award in her honor. The Award is administered by the Magnum Foundation as part of its mission to expand creativity and diversity in documentary photography, in cooperation with the Inge Morath Estate. Past recipients of the Inge Morath Award include:

Shirin Abedi (Iran/Germany, '23), for May I Have This Dance?, Johis Alarcón (Ecuador, '22), for Because the sun looked at me, Fabiola Ferrero (Venezuela, '21), for I Can't Hear the Birds, Tamara Merino (Chile, '20), for Underland, Alex Potter (US, '19), for Once a Nation, Melissa Spitz (US, '18), for You Have Nothing to Worry About, Johanna-Maria Fritz (Germany, ‘17), for Like a Bird, Daniella Zalcman (US, ‘16), for Signs of Your Identity, Danielle Villasana (US, '15), for A Light Inside, Shannon Jensen (US, '14), for A Long Walk; Isadora Kosofsky (US, '12), for Selections from “TheThree” and “This Existence”; Zhe Chen (China, '11) for Bees; Lurdes R. Basolí (Spain, '10) for Caracas, The City of Lost Bullets and Claire Martin (Australia, '10) for Selections from The Downtown East Side and Slab City.

Deadline: Please submit early to avoid any technical hiccups on the submissions portal, as we do not accept late submissions. All applications must be submitted by April 30th, 2024, 11:59PM EST.

 The recipient and finalist of the Inge Morath Award will be announced in July. We will send a response to each applicant in June via our submittable portal on the status of your application. Please check your junk/spam folders so you don't miss the email.

Fine Print:

  • The Award is open to any photographer that identifies as a woman or nonbinary.
  • All submissions must consist of work done solely by the submitting photographer. IM Award recipient and finalist grant the Magnum Foundation a license to reproduce, display and distribute their submissions solely in connection with the administration and judging of the Inge Morath Award, including on the Magnum Foundation website and the Inge Morath Estate website. IM Award recipient agree that any future publication, exhibition or display of the funded project shall credit the Inge Morath Estate and the Magnum Foundation. Recipient(s) may be required to provide additional identifying information prior to receiving payment.
  • Upon completion of the funded project, a final (digital) copy must be provided to the Magnum Foundation. The Foundation, in furtherance of its charitable purposes, may, in the future, (1) display the project on its website and make it available for display on the website of the Inge Morath Estate; and (2) publicly display the project (or excepts from it) in connection with exhibitions or promotional materials related to the Inge Morath Award. The Foundation will credit the artist as the author and copyright holder of her photographs.
  • Photographers represented by Magnum Photos and their immediate relatives are not eligible. Employees and members of the Magnum Foundation, Magnum Photos and Inge Morath Estate are ineligible to apply for this grant.

Contact: For further inquiry please contact Inge Morath Award, Grant Manager (

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