Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The En Foco Photography Fellowship

En Foco Photography Fellowship 2024
Contact Email: [email protected]
Application Opens: Monday, September 1, 2023 | 12:00AM
Deadline: Friday, November 11, 2023 | 11:59PM
The fellowships will be announced in February 2024.

En Foco’s Photography Fellowship How-to-apply session:

Thursday, October 5, 2023

A step-by-step information session on how to submit your application for En Foco’s Photography Fellowship successfully. This opportunity is designed to support photographers of color who live in NYC & NYS.


The 9th Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will:

  • award 10 Fellowships at $1,500 per,
  • include Fellows in a 2024 Group Exhibition,
  • feature the Fellows in the 2024 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions,
  • provide Professional Development and Networking opportunities.

En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access. Due to this award, previous Fellows have had access to many opportunities beyond the fellowship.



  • Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific Islanders.
  • Must be a New York City or New York State resident for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply, BUT only one photographer can submit the application.
  • Previous fellowship recipients must wait three years before they can reapply.
  • Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2021.


  • Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in fine art and/or photography degree programs at the time of application submission.
  • En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.


 The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors. Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process. En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees. 


 The ten Fellowship Recipients will be notified via email. The Recipients will each receive $1,000 dollars with the balance, $500 to be remitted at the Fellowship Recipients’ participation and completion in their exhibition. 


  1. Create an account with
  2. A written description (no more than 300 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices, such as subject matter, context, content, location, and personal relevance of the work you submitted.
  3. A one-page resume & 150-word biography.
  4. A 200-word artist statement.
  5. 5-7 images (5 images are required, an additional 2 are optional). Follow the sizing guidelines. *We highly recommend that the works submitted are from a series, but it is not a requirement to submit.*
  6. Headshot (300 dpi jpeg only).

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application. We suggest you save often as you fill out the form and save a copy of any narrative texts.


En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian Heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Since it was founded in 1974, En Foco has been an outspoken leader and advocate for the equitable support and access to resources for photographers of color. It has distinguished itself through its sustained commitment to providing its primary constituency and the communities they represent financial support, public programming, information services and cultural advocacy initiatives.

The En Foco Photography Fellowship Program is made possible with the generosity of an anonymous donor, Joy of Giving Something, Inc, Ford Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Member of the Urban Arts Cooperative.