Terms and Conditions

Deadline: Midnight EST, Saturday, December 5, 2020.



  • The du Cille Fellowship is open to professional photojournalists who are legal, current residents of the United States.
  • Staff photographers are eligible but must provide written permission from their employer granting them time off to complete the project.


  • The du Cille Fellow will do their best to adhere to the project timeline and communicate their progress with NPPF’s coordinator on a monthly basis. It is expected that the project will be completed within one year of the Fellowshipagreement.
  • The du Cille Fellow may seek advice and recommendations from NPPF as The du Cille Fellow deems useful. The NPPF Board is committed to supporting The du Cille Fellow to create a powerful and memorable result that meets the highest standards of contemporary journalism and storytelling.
  • Upon conclusion of the project, The du Cille Fellow will submit 50 high-resolution images with comprehensive captions to NPPF. If the project results in a video, a high-resolution copy must be submitted.
  • A written document outlining The du Cille Fellow’s work on the grant is required.
  • The du Cille Fellow is encouraged to write or collaborate with a writer to produce a story to accompany the work in the tradition of “words and pictures.” NPPF will provide assistance if requested.

Intellectual property

  • Materials and ideas submitted are confidential and will be used only for judging purposes with the exception of the winning entry.
  • The du Cille Fellowship recipient retains the ownership and copyright of the final product. Any monies generated by this project shall be retained by The Fellow.
  • The du Cille Fellow agrees to allow NPPF the right to use their name, likeness, biographical information, submitted images from the application and project images on NPPF’s website, in any social media publicizing the The du Cille and publication of the work relating to The du Cille without fees or charges.
  • The Fellow also grants NPPF its licensees, affiliates and their designees an irrevocable, non-exclusive perpetual royalty-free license to use elements of your project (or the project in its entirety) on NPPF’s website, on social media and as promotional materials to fundraise and promote our scholarships and grants. You also hereby grant NPPF the right to make your project (or any and all elements thereof) available for educational purposes to colleges and universities of NPPF’s choosing.
  • You also hereby agree to any reasonable requests by NPPF to present your project and/or have you represent the Foundation at photography workshops, seminars and/or conventions, provided that any necessary expense associated with such presentations are paid by the Foundation.


  • The du Cille Fellow understands that they must adhere to the highest professional, ethical and personal standards for visual journalists. Violations of these standards will result in withdrawal of the Fellowship and funding byNPPF.
  • An entry may not contain images that have been manipulated digitally in violation of generally accepted professional photojournalistic standards. Photographers should review and adhere to the National PressPhotographers Association’s code of ethics with respect to image manipulation. https://nppa.org/nppa-code-ethics
  • NPPF, in its sole discretion, retains the right to disqualify any entry found to include manipulated images or situations.
  • NPPF, in its sole discretion, may exercise its right to rescind the entire award amount if the grantee is found to have manipulated images beyond what is professionally accepted as noted in the NPPA Code of Ethics.


  • All taxes and expenses are the responsibility of The du Cille Fellow. The Fellow must provide a U.S. Taxpayer Identification number upon acceptance of The du Cille Fellowship.
  • NPPF will pay $5,000 upon award of The du Cille Fellowship; the remainder of the funds will be provided as the project progresses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How many categories can I enter and what’s the limit of photos per category?

A: Refer to the Preparing to Enter page. There are three possible categories, Singles, Picture Stories and Videos. The Singles category and each Picture Story may have up to 20 images. Each portfolio may have up to 10 entries, which may any combination of Singles, Picture Stories and Videos. Videos should be links to Vimeo or YouTube such that judges will not have to go through advertisements to view your video. 

Q. Do I complete my NPPF online portfolio or fill out the application first?

A. You may complete either one first. However, you are required to name a portfolio before you can start the application. The named portfolio may be edited after completing the application.