DEL MAR, CA - AUGUST 01, 1985:  Steve Caballero, riding for Powell Peralta, does an invert during competition at the National Skateboarding Association event at the Del Mar Skate Ranch. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DEL MAR, CA - AUGUST 01, 1985: Steve Caballero, riding for Powell Peralta, does an invert during competition at the National Skateboarding Association event at the Del Mar Skate Ranch. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DPPF 2024 Sports Photography Grants
DPPF 2024 Sports Photography Grants
Supporting emerging sports photographers
Upcoming
Free

ELIGIBILITY

The Doug Pensinger Photography Fund supports emerging and early-career sports photographers. 

Photographers with more than 3 years cumulative paid professional sports photography experience are considered beyond the scope of the DPPF's programs.

The DPPF is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity and to providing free merit-based access to its programs. DPPF programs are not limited to U.S. citizens, but the DPPF is not able to provide support that is prohibited under U.S. law. International applicants should also be aware that the DPPF is not able to provide support for visa procurement.

Previous DPPF grant recipients are not eligible to apply.

THE GRANTS

7 photographers will receive

  • A $5,000 grant, to be spent on career development

  • Expenses-paid trip to the next DPPF Sports Photography Gathering (see below).

In addition to the main grants program, the DPPF also awards Development Grants supporting sports photographers of great potential whose current portfolio quality may be affected by severe economic and/or geographic or cultural limitations. After the seven winners of the $5,000 grants are chosen, the panel will select deserving candidates from the remaining pool of applicants as recipients of Development Grants.

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY GATHERING

Scheduled for September 20-22, this weekend event will be led by top working professionals in the business and will include:

  • Multiple individual portfolio feedback sessions

  • Small group sessions on issues critical to the world of sports photojournalism

  • 1-1 connections with the renowned photographers and editors on the DPPF Advisory Board

Please note: The Gathering is not a workshop. It is designed to provide career advice, access to leading professionals, and individual feedback on the attendees' body of work. This dynamic informal gathering will give unprecedented access to high-level working professionals in the business. It will honor Doug Pensinger's generosity of spirit, strong work ethic, sense of camaraderie, and spirited approach to life and work.

International applicants should also be aware that the DPPF is not able to provide support for procuring a visa for attendance at the Gathering.

MENTORSHIPS

Up to 3 of the 7 grant winners will be chosen to receive a year-long mentorship opportunity with leading industry professionals on the DPPF Advisory Board.

  • Mentorships recipients will be chosen based on their current profiles and mentorship essay.

  • Applying for a mentorship is not required in order to compete for a DPPF grant.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The DPPF is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity and to providing free merit-based access to its programs. There is no application fee and the process is open to all aspiring sports photographers.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of merit and overall quality. Only complete submissions will be considered, and all decisions by the judges are binding.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Portfolio

  • Quantity: 20 sports photographs (action and portrait both accepted)

  • Timeframe (metadata for each image must include the date it was taken):

  • 15 of the required 20 images must be taken on or after 1/1/2022

  • The remaining 5 required images must be taken on or after 1/1/2020.

Essays

Candidates applying for an optional mentorship opportunity must respond to an essay question about how they would value a mentorship. (1,500 character maximum) Note: This essay is only required if you wish to apply for a mentorship opportunity.

2023 Grant recipients

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