January 11, 2013

New Orleans, LA (January 10, 2013) – The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) will begin accepting applications for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) 2013 grant. This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, awards one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications from January 14 through March 29, 2013. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at  http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

The MPS Fund grant is awarded through a two-part review process. We are proud to announce our 2013 jurors. Three preliminary jurors will select ten finalists. They are Stacey D. Clarkson, Art Director of email hidden; JavaScript is required; Ed Kashi, photographer and member of VII; and Susan Sterner, Director of New Media Photojournalism at the email hidden; JavaScript is required. Kevin Miller, Director of the email hidden; JavaScript is required, will select the 2013 recipient from the ten finalists.


The New Orleans Photo Alliance is comprised of a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. It is an artist run 501(c)3 nonprofit which currently includes more than 400 members from across Louisiana and throughout the United States. NOPA sponsors numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, and coordinates PhotoNOLA, an annual photography festival in New Orleans.

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