Applications are now closed and will reopen in January 2021

Purpose of the Bob Lynn Grant

A $4,000 grant will be offered for ten years beginning in 2020. Professional and student photojournalist may apply for the grant to aid in creating significant projects that make a difference.

“Our profession has a long history of helping to make a difference,” said Bob Lynn.

“Some images were taken in dramatic situations — Eddie Adams, street execution, Nick Ut, naked child running from War, Vietnam; Charles Moore, Civil Rights protest, dog attack, Birmingham.”

“But others made a difference in more obscure settings — Dorthea Lange, Migrant Mother, California; Eugene Smith, toxic shellfish, Minamata, Japan; Donna Ferrato, domestic violence in America.”

Making a Difference

I have created this grant to encourage photojournalists to do stories that expose the sad underbelly in American society — locally or nationally. Stories never told through photographs and words that hopefully will make a difference.

Content Preparation

Other than personal contact information there are two open-ended questions that you may prepare in advance of entering the online portfolio system. One is description of the project you will make should you be awarded the grant (maximum of two pages). Your project description is very important. The other is your professional accomplishments and resume.

You may copy and paste into these two fields from documents you may already have written in other software.

Image Preparation 

Captions in all still photographs are required.

IPTC data may be embedded into images using Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Aperture, Lightroom and other image editing solutions. You must include the correct capture date and location information. Once you have uploaded your files, any preexisting IPTC data will be automatically extracted and displayed for review and modification.

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 3000px on the longest side
  • The maximum accepted image size is 5000px on the longest side, do not upsize or interpolate your submissions
  • All images must be submitted in 8Bit AdobeRGB colorspace (preferred) or sRGB colorspace.

How many items?

Your portfolio should should show your storytelling ability.

A portfolio may consist of any combination of a Singles category, Picture Stories and Multimedia video links. How you use those categories is flexible. There is only one possible Singles category. There is a maximum of ten entries in your portfolio. You may use any combination of the categories.

Your portfolio does not have to use all three categories. The Singles category and each defined Picture Story may have up to 10 images. Video entries are links that go directly to videos preferably on YouTube or Vimeo. Judges to not want to have to go through ads on a news website to get to your video.

The Singles category, each Picture Story and each Video count toward the maximum of ten items in your portfolio.

Student Scholarships

If you are a student, you may wish to be considered for a student scholarship. Application information is here.

Online Portfolio System Interface

If you wish to become familiar with the online portfolio sytem, you may step through some annotated screen snaps here.

Use Permission

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

Link to NPPF Online Portfolio System

Applications are closed until 2021.