Social Documentary Photography Grant
MurthyNAYAK Foundation & SACAC
In a world plagued with political and religious conflict, environmental tragedies and grave socio-economic disparity, the genre of social documentary photography is more relevant than ever before. Each country is facing its own set of challenges and issues that need to be chronicled. Rather than simply accepting problems, stepping over them, or averting our eyes, solutions can be discussed and strategies formulated when they are acknowledged. It is paramount for all of us as world citizens to spur into action and create work that reflects our concerns. With this objective in mind, The MurthyNAYAK Foundation (MNF), in association with Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communications (SACAC), has initiated two grants of INR 2,00,000 and INR 1,00,000 to be given to two photographers under the age of 35 years working on a socially relevant theme.
Some of the possible concerns for submissions to this grant could be environmental/ecological disasters, political and religious conflict, socio-economic disparity, agrarian distress, gender & LGBTQ issues, displacement, migration etc. The grant will be given to further ongoing projects. Ideally, the grant should be utilized to add more layers/chapters to the existing project while attempting to diversify, investigate further, and present new reasoning, evidence or arguments.
The MurthyNayak Foundation
The MurthyNAYAK Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, established by Sheela Murthy and Vasant Nayak, to locate and help with a range of projects in India and the United States.
2020 Grant Awardee
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication is delighted to announce Ritaban Ghosh (‘Tender is the Night’) and Taha Ahmad (‘Drawn into Two, which way Home?’) are the two recipients of the Social Documentary Photography Grant 2020 awarded by the MurthyNayak Foundation and SACAC.
Ritaban Ghosh hails from West Bengal
Taha Ahmad is a visual artist based in New Delhi
2019 Grant Awardee
Sri Aurobindo Centre For Arts And Communication is delighted to announce Santanu Dey as the recipient of the Social Documentary Photography Grant 2019 being awarded by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation and SACAC for his project titled "The Lost Legacy".
Santanu Dey is from Kolkata.
2018 Grant Awardee
Sri Aurobindo Centre For Arts And Communication is delighted to announce Subhrajit Sen as the recipient of the Social Documentary Photography Grant 2018 being awarded by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation and SACAC for his project titled 'Death Valley'.
The award will enable him to pursue his rigorous work on the condition of children, women and people living in Jadugoda town in Purbi (East) Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Contamination from uranium mining, which has been on in the region for half a century, has led to cancer, tuberculosis, birth miscarriages and more.
Subhrajit Sen is from Chandannagar, a small town near Kolkata and is currently studying documentary photography at 'Counter Foto' in Dhaka, Bangladesh.