As an organization dedicated to advancing photojournalism through education National Press Photographers Foundation is known for working to develop and elevate the work of news photography by annually supporting at least a dozen promising young photographers with

scholarships to continue to develop their work.

But NPPF also works to raise the standards for visual journalism through three key grants to fund important visual work. This year’s awards are announced below, including a new, premier fellowship.

THE BOB LYNN GRANT: $ 4,000

2021 Application Period: April 12th to May 17th, 11:59pm EDT

This annual grant supports in-depth documentary photojournalism of significance. It encourages visual journalists to pursue stories exposing parts of American society that tend to be ignored or under-covered, stories that would make a difference and have an impact on society. The grant’s namesake, renowned editor Bob Lynn, is included in the judging panel.

THE ALAN HAGMAN GRANT: GRANT: $ 5,000

2021 Application Period: May 24th to June 21st, 11:59pm EDT

This grant honoring the late Los Angeles Times editor Alan Hagman is offered annually for working

U.S. photojournalists or students to facilitate an important documentary project on topics that otherwise would not be reported – ranging from human rights to environmental issues.

THE MICHEL du CILLE FELLOWSHIP:15,000

2021 Application Period: June 28th to August 2nd, 11:59pm EDT

The du Cille is NPPF’s premier annual, year-long fellowship for a working U.S. photojournalist, honoring collaborative visual journalist and editor Michel du Cille who died covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, du Cille set the journalistic, ethical and personal standards that gave his subjects voice and dignity. In creating thoughtful, impactful stories, he knew that great work isn’t often done alone and he valued a spirit of teamwork with colleagues in elevating the standards, reach and presentation of visual journalism.

Now in its first year, this major fellowship is designed to create truly significant work reflecting du Cille’s high standards and the highest standards of visual journalism – work that would otherwise likely not be done. NPPF’s judging panel will interview finalists and the winner should be able to speak about the importance of the project and gather research and resources to create the most powerful visually-oriented storytelling and how it might be published.

If you have an important story you want to bring to a wide audience and want to apply for one of these grants, begin on NPPF.org by creating an application account immediately. As you gather required materials, the file can be added to and changed any time up until the award’s deadline.