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Photojournalism Scholarship: STERN Grant – a Scholarship Award for Young Photojournalists

For the third year STERN magazine calls for entries to award its Photojournalism Scholarship, the STERN Grant. The application period starts January 1st, 2018.

Spanish photographer Sebastian Liste was the first recipient of the STERN Grant in 2016. In his photo reportage "Mexico. An intimate pandemic" Liste documented how across Mexico, violence is becoming a perverse "normality", undermining social relations and endangering the prospects for democracy.

Spanish photographer Sebastian Liste was the first recipient of the STERN Grant in 2016. In his photo reportage "Mexico. An intimate pandemic" Liste documented how across Mexico, violence is becoming a perverse "normality", undermining social relations and endangering the prospects for democracy.

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With its powerful images and opulent visuals the German weekly STERN magazine has been setting international standards in magazine photojournalism for decades.

STERN magazine calls for submissions for the STERN Grant, a 10,000 Euro scholarship award that honors the best proposal for a photo reportage from around the globe. With this award the sponsors aim to give talented young photographers the opportunity to work on a long-term photojournalism project they are passionate about.

Applicants will need to submit a short exposé of their project's central idea and purpose. The winner will have the chance to work on their story in tandem with an experienced STERN reporter and develop it into a reportage feature which will in turn be published by a title from the STERN group of magazines.

"At STERN magazine we have a proud tradition of discovering and nurturing new talent – it's just what we do," explains Art Director Frances Uckermann, "that's why we want to create a forum for the next generation of photographers. In addition to our Young Photography bursary which enables photography graduates to become part of STERN magazine's editorial team for a year, we have successfully established the STERN Grant as a means to realize the kind of projects that might otherwise never get completed due to lack of time or funding. We are looking forward to receiving many outstanding submissions."

Spanish photographer Sebastian Liste was the first recipient of the STERN Grant in 2016. In his photo reportage "Mexico. An intimate pandemic" Liste documented how across Mexico, violence is becoming a perverse "normality", undermining social relations and endangering the prospects for democracy.

Sebastian Liste's work in STERN 23/2017
Sebastian Liste's work was published in STERN 23/2017
Tasneem Alsultan

Tasneem Alsultan

Last year's STERN Grant was awarded to US born photographer Tasneem Alsultan. She will realize her project proposal "Between tradition and modernity – the youth and the upheaval in the Arab world". She will document young people in Saudi Arabia who are growing up between the modern global world of the internet and the islamic tradition and how they are coping with these challenge every day.



Submission details:

Who can apply?
International photographers between 18 and 35 years of age at the time of application.

What are the entry conditions for the submissons?
The STERN grant is a production budget that enables its recipient to develop his/her photo idea into a reportage feature by connecting him/her to a STERN reporter. The joint work will then be published by a title from the STERN group of magazines. The STERN Grant is no prize money for already existing photo projects. It is important that the proportion of photos yet to be produced must be 70 % or more compared to those already available. We therefore regret that we have to exclude completed works from the competition. Any works that have already been published elsewhere or have been the recipient of any grant, bursary or scholarship from other institutions cannot be accepted.

How do I apply?
You will need to submit:

  • CV in table form including a passport-sized portrait of yourself (max. 2 pages, 1 MB)
  • Exposé about your planned photography project, including project title and applicant's name, which clearly outlines what the story is about, including an estimate of how and in what timeframe it can be realized (one standard A4 page, max. 1 MB)
  • PDF-Portfolio with previous photography projects (no more than 25 images) which show the applicant's photographic style 

Where and how can I apply?
We only accept online applications through our website www.stern.de/jungefotografie/grant. Please upload your application using the electronic form below. The application platform is open from January 1st, 2018 until midnight of February 1, 2018. Late submissions cannot be accepted as the application platform will automatically close after this period.

How will the winner be identified?
The jury consists of the following members of STERN magazine's editorial team: Art Director Frances Uckermann, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Giuseppe di Grazia, as well as the two Directors of photography at the STERN picturedesk, Andreas Kronawitt and Andreas Trampe.

When will the winner be announced?
The recipient of the STERN Grant will be announced on Thursday, May 03, 2018, as part of a range of events marking the opening of the World Press Photo exhibition at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg, Germany.

Contact
Need to know more? Please refer to our extensive FAQs! (Download as PDF)

Or send us an e-mail at jungefotografie@stern.de

Judges

Frances Uckermann

Before being appointed Art Director of STERN magazine, Frances Uckermann was Art Director for the magazines "Zeit Wissen", "Allegra" and "Max", headed the editorial design team at SPIEGEL Reporter and developed a number of new magazines. She has won numerous awards from highly respected organisations, such as the Art Directors Club Germany and the Lead Awards. Since 2009 she has also been teaching editorial design at the Henri Nannen School for Journalism.


Andreas Kronawitt

Andreas Kronawitt holds an MA in Design and Visual Communications from the FH Bielefeld. He worked as a freelance photographer for a number of years before joining STERN magazine as a photo editor. Today he jointly heads the publication's picture desk together with Andreas Trampe.


Andreas Trampe

Andreas Trampe worked as a freelance photojournalist for seven years before becoming Head of the picture desk at the German newspaper "BILD am Sonntag". He came to STERN magazine in 1996 and jointly heads the picture desk together with Andreas Kronawitt. He is a member of the renowned German Society for Photography (DGPh) and is working closely with the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts to help promote young photographers.


Giuseppe Di Grazia

Giuseppe Di Grazia holds a degree in economics, politics and sociology and is a graduate of the Axel Springer School of Journalism. Following positions at the papers Welt am Sonntag and Hamburger Abendblatt, Giuseppe Di Grazia joined STERN in 2000. Since 2013 he has been the magazine's Deputy Editor-In-Chief.



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