Alan Hagman in the Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby with the
Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award.

The family of Alan Hagman chose his birthday, January 11, to formally announce a photojournalism grant in his honor. 

Purpose of the Alan Hagman Photojournalism Grant

Beginning in 2020, a $5,000 grant will be offered annually to a photojournalist to facilitate a project on topics ranging from human rights to environmental issues.  The grant will support work on important stories that might otherwise go untold.

The grant is open to photojournalists and photojournalism students who are U.S. residents.

The Hagman grant is named for the late Los Angeles Times photo editor who served as a mentor and championed the work of photojournalists throughout his career.

Applications are now closed. Applications for the next Alan Hagman Grant will open in February 2021.

The Alan Hagman Grant is supported by donations from Alan’s family, friends and the photojournalism community.



When you enter our online portfolio system at the link below, there are three available categories of entry: Singles, Picture Essay or Video. Use the Singles and Picture Essay categories for your portfolio. 

Content Preparation

Applicants will submit the following to NPPF:

  • Proposal, no more than 800 words, detailing focus and significance of your project. In addition, include a time frame for completion of the work and potential outlets for publication.
  • A portfolio of your best work, uploaded to NPPF’s online portfolio system. Create a portfolio and then enter Singles, Picture Stories and Videos. You don’t need to use all of those categories.
  • Resume of professional accomplishments, including descriptions of completed photo projects, awards and recognitions.

A panel of judges made up of colleagues from Alan’s photojournalism career will choose the recipient.  Criteria for choosing a winner will be based on strength of the proposal, quality of past work and potential impact of the completed project.

The NPPF application webpage will go live February 11.

Image Preparation

The following IPTC fields are required:

  • DOCUMENT TITLE is the image title
  • AUTHOR is the photographer’s name
  • DESCRIPTION is the caption
  • CAPTURE DATE verify that this field is correct
  • COPYRIGHT name of publication or copyright holder (if applicable)

Image File Specifications

  • Images may only be submitted as JPEG formatted files
  • Recommended JPEG compression setting is between 10-11 and no less than 9
  • The minimum accepted image size is 2500px on the longest side
  • The maximum accepted image size is 3000px on the longest side, do not upsize or interpolate your submissions
  • All images must be submitted in 8Bit AdobeRGB colorspace (preferred) or sRGB colorspace.
  • Downsample images to 72 dpi

Use Permission

The NPPF website is an educational resource for students and professionals. Your entry gives NPPF permission to use elements of your project on our website and in our social media to promote our scholarships and grants. You retain copyright to your work.

Suggested Upload Procedure

The allowable limit of images in a picture story is twenty. We suggest you upload them in groups of five or fewer and wait until you see check marks in the thumbnails before dropping more images in the upload box. You may drop additional images in the same box as the thumbnails with the checkmarks up to the limit of twenty.