Lucie Scholarship Program

Photographers make images. Visionaries teach you how to see. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Our support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Our concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original.

The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer four cash grants to support the work of emerging and established photographers.

The 2020 Lucie Foundation Scholarship Program will be open June 15 to October 31, 2020



ChromaLuxe, a leading brand of print media, is offering a scholarship through the Lucie Foundation in support of Fine Art Photographers.

This scholarship is open to both emerging and established artists to support a Fine Art project that has already started or a Fine Art project proposal.

$1500 + Sony Alpha 7 III camera with 28-70mm lens, valued at over $2,000

This scholarship is open to all genres of photographic work and will be given to an individual to create or continue work on a specific dynamic project.

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This scholarship will be given to an individual to create or continue a project focused on creating a story through a conceptual Fine Art approach.


This scholarship will be given to an individual to create or continue a project focused on telling an existing story through a documentary or photojournalism approach.


Claartje van Dijk

Head of Exhibitions, Foam

Claartje van Dijk is head of exhibitions at Foam in Amsterdam where she started in 2020 and has worked on the exhibition, Vivian Maier – Works in Color (2020). Previously, she worked at the International Center of Photography (ICP) for nearly 12 years as Assistant Curator, Collections. At ICP, Claartje managed the museum’s collection and was a curator on numerous exhibitions, including Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies (2016), Perpetual Revolutions: The Image and Social Change (2017),Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh (2018) andYour Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection (2019. Independently, Claartje juried various exhibitions, including PDN: The Curator Award, Critical Mass and the Carriage Barn Annual Photography Show. Claartje was previously the Management and PR Assistant at Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Drew Sawyer

Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum

Drew Sawyer is the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator at the Brooklyn Museum and a contributor to Aperture, Artforum, Mousse, and OSMOS, among other publications. His recent exhibition includes JR: Chronicles (2019), Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 (2019), Garry Winogrand: Color (2019), and Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha (2019). Sawyer holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University.

Michelle Dunn Marsh

Publisher of Minor Matters Books

Michelle Dunn Marsh is the publisher of Minor Matters Books, which she co-founded with Steve McIntyre in 2013. Previous positions include Chief Strategist and Executive Director at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle; senior editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco; consultant to Jim Marshall Photography LLC; and deputy director of Aperture Foundation. She received tenure as a professor of graphic design at Seattle Central Community College.

She has worked with publishers and cultural institutions throughout the United States developing publications, exhibitions, and public programming, highlighting masters and underrepresented voices in the field. She proudly served on the national YoungArts panel from 2013–2020, and as its chair 2015–2020, selecting and mentoring future leaders in the field. Though primarily known as a book designer and editor, she has also curated significant exhibitions over the last decade.

A graduate of Bard College and lifetime member of its Board of Governors, Dunn Marsh also completed her MS in Publishing at Pace University, and has lectured internationally on visual literacy, the artform of photography, and visual book publishing.


Who Can Apply:

The Lucie Emerging Scholarships are open to emerging photographers 18 years and older, worldwide.  We define “emerging” as any photographer enrolled as a student, in the first five years of their photography career, does not earn the majority of their income from photography, does not have gallery representation, and/or has not published a monograph of their work.

The ChromaLuxe X Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship Scholarship is open to both emerging and established artists to support a Fine Art project that has already started or a Fine Art project proposal.

What is Required to Apply:

Please read the following information carefully to make sure your application material is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered:

1. Project Proposal. This proposal should include the following:

-Project Start and End Dates

-250 Word Description of your project

-Your Plan for completing the project (i.e. how you intend to approach the project and how you intend to use the scholarship money)

-Five Goals that you plan to accomplish while working on the project (e.g. producing 20 new images, making 5 prints, gallery exhibition, monograph, etc.).

2. A one-page biography and/or CV

3. Twenty digital images. 

Use & Ownership:

The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered in to the competition. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer. Any photograph used by Lucie Foundation shall carry the photographer’s credit line.


Is there a limit to the number of scholarship applications per artist?

No, you may submit as many applications as you would like.

Is there a submission fee? 

Yes, submission fee’s are as follows: Emerging Artist $20, Photo Made $10, Photo Taken $10, and Chromaluxe x Lucie Foundation Fine Art $25.

Can I submit the same project to two different scholarships?

Yes, you may submit the same project to two different scholarships but please consider the specific genres to which the scholarships are offered when submitting your application(s).

What images should I submit?

Please upload 20 digital images from the existing project that you are proposing to continue.

If you have not yet started your proposed project, upload 20 digital images from a previous cohesive project and make a note of this in your proposal.

If you have some finished images but not a full 20, please supplement with images from a previous cohesive project and make a note of this in your proposal.

How should I prepare my files?

Please prepare your files according to the specifications below.

    • JPG only. (NO TIF, GIF, PNG, PDF files will be accepted.)
    • 72 DPI
    • No file should exceed 2mb

Can I send print materials, books or CD’s?

No, Lucie Foundation accepts online submissions only.

When will the shortlist and recipients be announced? 

Shortlists Announced: January 2021

Recipients Announced: January 2021

How will I know if I was selected? 

If you were selected for the shortlist or as a recipient, you will be contacted directly through the email which you provided in the submission form. The shortlist and recipients will also be announced via the Lucie Foundation newsletter, website, and social media.

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