We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 scholarship.
Undergraduate and Graduate students may apply.
International applications accepted.
No high school submissions.

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, film or digital.

2019 Award and Deadline

Scholarship Award: $1000US

Deadline: January 1, 2020
(The full application must be electronically received by 23:59 PDT, January 1, 2020)

Notice of Award: The successful award winners will be notified by e-mail no later than March 1, 2020. The award will be mailed to the recipient in the form of a bank check on or before April 1, 2020 (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, 2020, at scholarships@anchellworkshops.com.

Jurors for the 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 enrolled full-time and attending an accredited college or university, or vocational/trade school from any state, province, or country. Enrollment must be valid at least one term between January 1 to December 31 of the year for which the project is being submitted.
    Students graduating within this time may apply. A copy of a valid graduation diploma or certificate will be required.
  • Eligible applicants must be in good academic standing at their respective institution at the time of their submission. Students that graduate prior to the competition closing date will still be eligible to submit (as long as they are enrolled at the time of submission). Proof of graduation may be requested.
  • A photocopy of a current student ID card must be included with the submission. If your school does not issue student ID cards then please submit an alternative proof of enrollment on official school letterhead or another official document that clearly identifies the school and dates of enrollment.
  • Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply.

NOTE: The applicant does not have to be a photography major.

Enrollment must be valid between Winter 2018 through the end of Fall term 2019.
Students graduating within this time may also apply. A copy of a valid graduation diploma or certificate will be required.
High School Students should wait until they are attending college full-time before submitting.

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, your country of residence, or gender unless this can be inferred by the nature of the images (example: the documentary is about your family and your ethnic origin can be identified).

  1. Completed on-line application
  2. Photocopy proof of college/university enrollment for the academic year of application
  3. 350-words or more about your documentary photo project, including who, what, where, when, and why. Include the project title on the essay.
  4. A single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file (or equivalent file format) with 12 - 20 images in the order you want them viewed. Optional: You may caption any or all of the images.

NOTE: You will only be able to upload one image file so copy and paste, or use insert to collect all your images in one document saved in one of the above formats. You may use as many pages in the one document as necessary. One photo per page is recommended but not required.

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 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. By submitting an application to the Anchell International Documentary Photography Scholarship, you certify that all the information you have provided is accurate and complete.

The applicant automatically grants Anchell Photography, Inc. (API), 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 API.
  • Post the applicant’s name, college or university, photographs and an essay on anchellworkshops.com website.
  • Call and/or send information to the applicant regarding their application.

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

Winners must show proof of enrollment or graduation during the posted dates, above, to an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school within 21 calendar days of being notified 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, API will revoke the award for that individual and award it to the first runner-up.

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


Email communications to API, 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. API, 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.

E-mail all inquiries to: scholarships@anchellworkshops.com

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