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The 2012 Fotovisura Grant

The FotoVisura Grant aims to support personal photography projects to encourage the production and development of photography outside the commercial realm.

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About The Grant

FotoVisura Inc. is delighted to announce the 2012 FotoVisura Grant—which aims to support
personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography
outside the commercial realm. The Grant is divided into two categories:

The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project

• The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Project


Entry Deadline

Submissions will close at 12:00pm on December 15, 2012 (GMT/UTC – 4:00)



The FotoVisura Grant is eligible for projects not initiated by an assignment or commission. To be
eligible for the Student Grant you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate
program, or a recent graduate, having graduated after January 1st 2011. Additionally, the
following requirements apply for both the Grant and the Student Grant:

• Submit a photography series, up to 35 images.
• Image size: minimum 1000px on the longest dimension (14 inches @ 72 dpi)
• A written reflection, in first person, of at least 150 words
• All images and text to be uploaded through the website
• To enter you must read and agree to the contest Terms & Conditions
• Only one Submission per photographer will be judged.


The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

Simon Barnett, Director of Photography, CNN Digital

Simon Barnett is the Director of photography for CNN Digital in Atlanta.  Simon is the Award-winning former director of photography for Esquire, Newsweek, Discover,, photo editor for ESPN the Magazine and senior managing editor for Allsport USA.



Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, The New Yorker

Whitney Johnson is the Director of Photography at The New Yorker where she oversees the photographic vision for the print magazine, digital editions, and website. She contributes regularly to the magazine’s photography blog, Photo Booth, and is an adjunct professor at New York University.

Previously, she worked at the Open Society Foundations, coordinating a grant competition for photographers and the Moving Walls exhibition.


Elizabeth Cheng Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Elizabeth Cheng Krist is a senior photo editor for National Geographic. Before coming to the magazine in 1994, she worked at Asia and Fortune. She grew up in Saint Louis and graduated from Princeton. With her colleagues, Elizabeth has won awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts, and she has judged competitions for Kodak, Nikon, NPPA, College Photographer of the Year, and the RFK Journalism Awards.

She has curated exhibitions in Washington, D.C., and Athens, Greece, and has reviewed portfolios at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Eddie Adams Workshop, and Review Santa Fe. A few years ago Elizabeth received a fellowship from the International Reporting Project.


James Estrin, Co-Editor, New York Times Lens Blog and Senior Staff Photographer

Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times, Mr. Estrin started at the Times in 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. In addition to photographing, editing and blogging, Mr. Estrin also writes for the Times and produces multimedia (audio and video) for




Christina Cahill, Manager, Reportage by Getty Images

Christina Cahill manages the NY division of Reportage by Getty Images, a boutique repping agency for photojournalists within Getty Images. Christina has been working on the Agency side of the editorial world for close to 20 years and is proud to have worked with many critically acclaimed photographers and agents along the way. Prior to entering the editorial world, Christina worked with a successful commercial photographer based in San Francisco. In a prior life, Christina took her own pictures and briefly contemplated a career as a documentary photographer. She continues to take pictures for herself which makes her smile.


Patricia Nagy Travieso, Executive Editor, Elle Magazine International Editions

Patricia Nagy Travieso began working for ELLE magazine 13 years ago in New York City, and is now in editorial brand management, overseeing and consulting on the editorial content of the 43-edition strong international network. She is a contributing writer to the award-winning “Le Journal de la Photographie,” blog (awarded by in which she publishes monthly Fashion Press Reviews in addition to other pieces, and has been active in international photography festivals, from judging to providing portfolio reviews and consultations for professional photographers.  Born and raised in California, by way of New York, Patricia has been based in Paris for the past 10 years, where she is presently working on a childrens book.


Adriana Teresa Letorney, Creative Director, Visura Magazine &

Adriana Teresa Letorney is the Co-founder & Creative Director of FotoVisura Inc—a publishing, production, design, and online media company dedicated to photography. Spearheaded by Adriana Teresa, FotoVisura Inc. has produced numerous projects, most notably, Visura Magazine,, The FotoVisura Grant, The FotoVisura Pavilion, The FotoVisura Portfolio Consultations and Review, and The Photo-Editing and Post Production Workshops at The Visura Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Amongst her numerous tasks, Adriana is also a photo editor, curator and photographer. In addition, she is a guest writer at the New York Times Lens Blog and Huffington Post.


Claire O’Neill, Editor, NPR Picture Show Blog


Claire O’Neill is a multimedia producer and editor of NPR’s photoblog, The Picture Show.





Neil Harris, Associate Photo Editor, TIME

Neil Harris joined TIME in 2010 as an associate photo editor. Previously, he was the photo editor at as well as an adjunct assistant professor for photography at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He was also the founding director of the documentary photography collective Veras Images.




Jamie Goldenberg, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine

Jamie Goldenberg is a photo editor at Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. She has previously worked as an art editor at Guernica and Orion magazine, and as a freelance editorial photographer.




The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Photography Project

Amber Terranova, Photo Editor, PDN Magazine

Amber Terranova is the Photo Editor for Photo District News (PDN), the leading industry magazine for professional photographers for over two decades. PDN delivers the information photographers need to survive in a competitive business: from marketing and business advice to legal issues, and more. Amber worked previously for New York Magazine and Outside magazine. She has judged national photo contests, including Review Santa Fe, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, International Photography Awards, Light Work Student Competition, Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, The Center for Fine Art Photography’s Red competition, and the Tierney Fellowship, among others. In addition to guest lecturing at various schools and reviewing portfolios, Amber teaches international photo workshops at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, Norway.


Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries

Serving as United Photo Industries’ Creative Director, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a new pop-up photo destination that made its debut on the Brooklyn waterfront in the summer of 2012. Prior to founding United Photo Industries and launching the United Photo Industries Gallery, he was the Director of the New York Photo Festival. In his dual capacity as curator and festival organizer, he has had the pleasure and privilege of curating photo exhibitions and lecturing on current trends in contemporary photography as far afield as China, Greece, USA, and Japan. Over the past few years, he has served as juror, editor, and reviewer for the Prix Pictet, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Photo Awards, Artists Wanted, the Google Photography Prize, and the FotoVisura Grant, among many others.


Michael Itkoff, Cofounder, Daylight Books

Michael Itkoff is the Cofounder at Daylight Books. He received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP/Bard. Michael’s photographs have appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next American City and Philadelphia Weekly and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.


Graham Letorney, Editor, Visura Spotlight

Graham Letorney is the co-founder and leads design and web production for FotoVisura Inc—a publishing, production, design, and online media company dedicated to photography. In addition, Graham initiated and curates a photography column titled, 100 Words: Photographers Speak, for NPR’s Picture Show Blog. He also edits Visura Spotlight for students and emerging artists.



Manik Katyal, Photo Editor, Emaho Magazine

Manik Katyal is the Curator, Photo editor and Editor-in-Chief of Emaho Magazine—an online publication that aims to put forward photographers by organising international Exhibitions and photography workshops. Founder of Emaho Magazine, Manik is a journalist who has interviewed some of the world renowned photographers. Recently nominated for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of 2012’ award by the British Council, Manik will be a judge at the FORMAT International Photography Festival, The Reminders Stronghold Project Grant in Japan and the Derby and German Photo Festival – FotoDoks Workshop in support of VII Photo Agency.



FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

1st Place:
• $2,000.00
• Invitation to publish in Visura Magazine
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura at United Photo Industries.
• Invitation to be a guest speaker at NYPH’13

2nd Place:
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura.

3rd Place:
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura.


Spotlight Outstanding Student Photography Project

1st Place:
• $1,000.00
•  Invitation to publish in Visura Spotlight
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura at United Photo Industries.
• Invitation to publish your work in Emaho Magazine

2nd Place:
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura.


3rd Place:
• Invitation to exhibit with FotoVisura.


A Note from Erin Trieb, 2011 Winner

Receiving the 2011 FotoVisura Grant was one of the highlights of my year. Grant directors Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney have immersed themselves in the future of my project by providing various outlets for my work, including several gallery exhibitions like at NYC’s United Photo Industries, PhotoVille, and a future exhibition at Third Floor Gallery in England; the opportunity to speak at Powerhouse Arena during New York Photo Festival; and an invitation to The Visura Lodge Artist Residency in Stowe, Vermont. The press from the grant led to further attention from editors, publications, and other organizations, but what I have found most meaningful is that Adriana and Graham believe in my project and have invested heavily in its development, which is a unique and wonderful thing. They really care about supporting photographers, the importance of their work, and seeing that work come to fruition.

Erin Trieb



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