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The Aftermath Project: Sahrawi Photography Grant

For the first time, the Aftermath Project is sponsoring a grant competition for a specific aftermath issue – the story of the Sahrawi people. Thanks to a generous partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which is committed to working in conflict and post-conflict regions, the Aftermath Project will offer $65,000 in grants for work to be started by June 2011 and completed by the end of March 2012.

One of those grants will be designated for an African photographer, living and working on the continent.

The Aftermath Project holds a yearly grant competition open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict.

Target Group

This opportunity marks the first time the Aftermath Project is earmarking a grant for photographers from a specific geographic region.

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.

The Aftermath Project: Sahrawi Grant is open to working photographers worldwide covering the aftermath of conflict. You do not have to have previously shot any projects on the Sahrawi people to apply for this grant.

Number of Grants

The Aftermath Project will award up to three (3) grants as a part of the Sahrawi Grant, one of which will be reserved for an African photographer.

Grant Value

$65,000 in grants to be offered to cover the Sahrawi people – with one grant earmarked for an African photographer, living and working on the continent.

Grant amounts will be determined by budgets submitted by photographers as part of their grant proposals.

Granted projects will have to be completed between June 2011 and March 2012.


Your submission must include:

  • A signed application form, saved as a PDF file.
  • A project proposal, not to exceed two pages, saved as a PDF file.
  • A portfolio of no more than 25 images, in jpeg format. You must label your images with your last name, followed by a number – ie, Smith_1.jpg. Your images must be sized 1024 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi – with a file size of no larger than 2 MB.
  • A caption sheet, saved as a PDF file.
  • A budget, outlining your estimated costs for travel, accommodations, food, etc, for time spent working on the project. You may include a modest line item for living costs, but please be realistic with your budget. Save this as a PDF file.
  • Do not send anything else with your application.

When you are ready to file, send an email to info [at] (please replace [at] with @), and you will be invited to join a Dropbox folder where you will “drop” or place your completed entry.