Anchell International Documentary Photography Scholarship

We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 Scholarship.

About the Scholarship

Steve Anchell and Donna Conrad are pleased to announce the second Anchell International Documentary Photography Scholarship. The scholarship is meant to encourage personal involvement in social issues, and promote socially conscious documentary photography. It is open to all fully-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of degree major, gender, ethnic background, or country of residence.

The subject matter is entirely the choice of the student. However, it should clearly document a person, group of people, place, event, or happening of social relevance. Submitted images should be arranged and presented so they clearly tell the story of what is being documented.

The project does not have to be about people. Environmental issues, including land use or misuse, urban or rural issues, global or local events, will all be considered. The key is to indicate through your photographs that you are involved and are able to communicate your feelings about the subject you are documenting.

The medium of capture is not important. Images made with a cell phone, DSLR camera, view camera, or any other capture device will be considered, film or digital.

350-words or more about your documentary photo project, including who, what, where, when, and why, must be included with your submission. Image captions are optional.

Examples of documentaries submitted by students at Oregon State University:

  • The Cutter, a graphic documentary about a friend who practices self-mutilation (made with an iPhone).
  • Coastal Oregon, night photos of coastal towns in Oregon (made with a 4x5” view camera and film).
  • Rainbow Gathering (made with 35mm film)
  • Hootenanny in the Woods, starting with the vacant clearing, building the stage, arrival of the participants and musicians, the performance (made with a DSLR).
  • Track Homes USA, documenting razing a forest and building track homes (made with a 4x5” view camera).
  • The Frat, documentary of a week spent in a fraternity house (made with a DSLR).

Award and Deadline

Award amount: $1000US

Deadline: January 1, 2018
(The full application must be electronically received by 23:59 PDT, January 1, 2018)

Notice of Award: The successful applicant will be notified by e-mail no later than March 1, 2018. The award will be mailed to the recipient in the form of a bank check on or before April 1, 2018 (recipients outside of the US will receive their reward via Paypal).

To find out the recipient of the award you may contact the Award committee after April 15, 2018 at

Jurors for the 2017 Scholarship Award

Ken Light
Reva & David Logan Professor of Photojournalism
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Anne E. Havinga
Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled full-time and attending an accredited college or university, or vocational/trade school from any state, province, or country. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply.
  • Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing at their respective institution. A photocopy of a current student ID card must be included with the submission.
  • Graduate or undergraduate

Note: the applicant does not have to be a photography major.

Required Scholarship Application Materials

This is a blind judging. The judges will not know the applicants name, school, ethnic origin, country of residence, or gender. While you may include captions, do not include any identifying information on the essay or in the photo file that might indicate your name, school, ethnic origin, country of residence, or gender unless this can be inferred by the nature of the images (example 1: the documentary is about your family and the ethnic origin can be identified; example 2: There are clearly identifiable structures such as the Eiffel Tower or the Pyramids).

You may include the project title on the page (if the title is too revealing the scholarship committee may blank it out at their discretion before sending it to the judges).

  • Completed on-line application
  • Photocopy proof of college/university enrollment
  • A single .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .jpeg file with 12 - 20 images, 1 - 4 images to a page (panos may be 1 - 2 to a horizontal page), in the order you want them viewed.
    • You will only be able to upload one image file so collect all your images in one file and save it in one of the above formats. You may use as many pages in the one file as necessary.
    • The original images may have been captured with either film or digital
  • 350-words or more about your documentary photo project, including who, what, where, when, and why.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon the application submission and student's demonstrated interest/involvement in using photography to document a person, group of people, place, event, happening of social relevance, or of personal importance. Scholarships are awarded solely at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

To submit

To submit your application for the 2017 documentary photography award CLICK HERE.

Terms & Conditions

All submitted photos and essays must be original work of the applicant. Applicants and winners will retain all copyright to the original material they submit. Only one submission may be entered per student, per year. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. All scholarships are non-renewable. By submitting an application to Anchell Scholarship for Documentary Photography, you certify that all the information you have provided is accurate and complete.

The applicant automatically grants Anchell Workshops LLC (AWLLC), its agents and/or representatives permission to:

  • Use their name, photo, essay response, and award amount, if any, in announcements or articles (i.e. social media, newsletter, etc) issued by AWLLC.
  • Post the applicant’s name, college or university, photographs and essay on web site.
  • Call and/or send information to the applicant regarding their application.

Winners will be notified via email, and announced publicly, as well as on AWLLC social media pages.

Students must show proof of current enrollment to an accredited US college, university or vocational/trade school within 21 calendar days by submitting either a copy of the tuition bill or a letter of proof from the school. In the event a winner cannot prove their enrollment to an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school, APW will revoke the award for that individual and award it to the first runner-up.

The winner agrees to provide high-resolution jpeg images or high resolution scans of original prints or negatives for reproduction by AWLLC. The images or scans must be received with a signed statement granting AWLLC the right to use them, according to the stipulations above, prior to the award being released.


Email communications to AWLLC, the company, its agents and/or representatives may be retained in order to process or respond to inquiries or application as related to the scholarship. AWLLC, its agents and representatives will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer information other than in accordance with the terms set forth under “Terms & Conditions,” above.

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