When we launched our Community Grants and Awards earlier this year we couldn't have anticipated the overwhelming response. The high volume of entries meant that we found it impossible to shortlist just three as originally planned. So instead, there are six fantastic projects for your consideration.

Please take the time to read them all before casting your vote. The winner will be announced in early October and we will follow their project in future posts.

Tragically beautiful - Anna Melnykova

My project is about architectural heritage which has become even more important during the last few months. Because of war in my country (Ukraine) many buildings have been destroyed totally, but many have been left in parts. Is there going to be a new wave of architecture or will we keep them as memorials?

f.64 - Savannah McCauley

This project aims to build an entire mobile field research darkroom in the backcountry spaces of Utah's Wasatch Mountain range. By backpacking, ski skinning, and climbing with the camera and components of the mobile darkroom the images to be captured will take photochemistry to places it has never been before.

This project will capture the physical effects of light pollution on the plants, people and seasons through the use of black and white medium format film.. By shooting images over the course of an entire year we will look at the power of photography in the scientific field and bring in community members to help make the project possible. In an effort to bring awareness to light pollution's dire contribution to climate change for Sale Lake City the large 20x24 black and white images, once printed, will be auctioned off and the funds will be donated 100% to organisations in the area that aim to protect these wild spaces.

Accessible Landscapes - John Emery

Accessibility is a topic very dear to me. In my professional life I advocate for affordable software that allows similar businesses to compete. As a lover of hiking, backpacking and landscape photography, I feel that access to our beautiful and special lands is an extremely valuable commodity.

I am privileged in that I am physically able to hike with 30 or more pounds of large format photography equipment over very challenging terrain. This privilege has allowed me to photograph rugged National Parks that many others, unfortunately, cannot access. While we certainly cannot make wheelchair-accessible ramps down into the Grand Canyon or across glaciated peaks, I propose the following.

My project will use an 8x10 large format camera and I will only photograph locations that are accessible. The location must either be along a ADA-compliant path or accessible via a roadside stop such as a scenic overlook. I want to show that the beauty of nature is available to all, regardless of one's physical abilities.

Just Sitting - Kasia Murfet

My project is focusing on a Soto Zen community in the UK. I have an intention to document the practice, ceremonies and rituals. And, take individual portraits of Zen students and teachers across the UK. I also want to speak to others who attend sesshins (long periods of silent sitting practice) and understand what bought them to this practice in the first place.

I think in the state of age of the climate emergency and social injustice many of us look for compassionate tools and answers.

Related to the Pavement - Andile Bhala

If these photo's have a purpose, it is this; Capture everyday occurrences and moments that I can learn from. It could be a church goer or a young girl on her way home from school, or friends sharing a drink. Whatever the locale or experience, these images depict life in Soweto from my perspective. I'm challenged to question the beauty in a portrait when the subject has a scar on his face or a young woman with sadness in her eyes. I strive to make sense of these contrasts and trust that the poetry will follow. Street photography is my preference. It sharpens my instincts to shapes, colours and figures. That is the allure of Soweto/JOZI - to educate, create, learn and inspire.

The process is intuitive for me. It requires me to be fully engaged with the space, to have a connection in some way. The intimacy of taking a stranger's photo requires sensitivity to allow reality and the photo to bind in a beautiful way. This is Ubuntu, a principle I follow as I traverse the streets of Soweto's suburbs. I try to capture Ubuntu in a single shot. I appreciate people who allow me to take their picture as a camera can sometimes be viewed as a weapon. My goal is to inspire people to learn about these faces of Soweto/JOZI and the stories they conceal. These are the legends in the making that make Soweto/JOZI what it is. I'm a street photographer on a mission to force my way into the history books.

A Role Model for Me - Molly Kate

My project is about bringing awareness of current female and non-binary photographers to the community. This allows newer, or younger female and non-binary photographers to be aware of role models and share more of their experience, be that life or photographic.

We need this desperately. We have very few female and non-binary role models that are frequently celebrated compared to our male counterparts. This project would aim to bring the equality up a notch, complementing other movements that are being made within the community that have this same aim. I want to photograph and video/interview currently practising female and non-binary photographers from all backgrounds. I want to develop and print these photographs myself and create a film about it. I'd also have a gallery show / event where we can celebrate these photographers and the place that people who identify as women have in the community.


Please use the form below to vote for the project that you believe should be awarded this quarter's community grant.