$65,000 In Grants For Photo Projects About the Sahrawi People

January 26, 2011 /Photography NewsFor the first time, the Aftermath Project and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation are sponsoring a grant competition for a specific aftermath issue – the story of the Sahrawi people.

The Sahrawi people are the native inhabitants of what is now called Western Sahara. Held under Spanish rule as a colony for nearly a century, and invaded by Morocco and Mauritania in 1975, the story of Western Sahara and the Sahrawi people’s ongoing struggle for independence is one of the neglected aftermath stories of our time. These grants are intended to bring much-needed attention to this issue.

This special grant cycle will award up to three grants, for coverage of the Sahrawi people and the aftermath issues that frame their ongoing struggle for independence, both in refugee camps and in diaspora.

A total of $65,000 will be awarded in grants.

The competition is open to working photographers world-wide. You do NOT have to have previously shot any projects on the Sahrawi people to apply for this grant. One of those grants will be designated for an African photographer, living and working on the continent.

Grant winners retain all copyrights to their work.

The deadline is March 25, 2011.

For more information, visit the Aftermath Project.


  1. Anonymous says

    If they want help them,give this money to Sahrawi people,not to fucking photographers!!

    Anonymous says

    @ Anon - raising awareness through photography will grant them alot more then just a measly 65grand, 65 grand is nothing in this world. having a well documented story not only will raise awareness all around the world by addressing their struggle, it will grant them access for more funding from third parties aswell as being doucumented as a culture historically. I wouldnt dismiss this money away from the work of a well trained documentary photographer, dont underestimate the power of a photograph, it wont change the world but it will sure as hell show what needs changing.


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