Lucie Scholarship Program

Image above from the “Bigfoot Field Guide” series by Will Matsuda – Shortlist for Photo Taken 2020

2021 Lucie Scholarship Program


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 Lucie Foundation is offering a scholarship in support of Fine Art Photographers. This scholarship is open to both emerging and established artists.

$1500 SCHOLARSHIP + Sony Alpha 7C with 28-60mm lens

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 telling an existing story through a documentary or photojournalism approach.


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.


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Mia Fineman

Curator Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mia Fineman is Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Since joining the Met in 1997, she has organized numerous exhibitions spanning the history of photography, including Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography (2019), Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists (2017), Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (2012), On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag (2006), and Other Pictures: Vernacular Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection (2000). She has also written on art and culture for the New York Times, Slate, Photograph, and other publications.

Christoph Wiesner

Director at Rencontres d’Arles

In 1997, Christoph Wiesner joined the Esther Schipper gallery in Berlin. In 2012 he returned to France to join the Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris as senior director. Since 2015, he has been artistic director of Paris Photo, where he canvasses new galleries and publishers and develops the opening up to emergence and film, which is framed each year by a renewed cultural program. Currently Christoph is Director at Rencontres d’Arles.


Photo by Jérémie Bouillon

Sergio Burgi

Head of the Photography Department
Instituto Moreira Salles

Sergio Burgi (1958) graduated in Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo in 1981, the same year that he joined the Master’s Course in Photographic Conservation/Museum Studies at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences / Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), an advanced program established in collaboration with the George Eastman Museum and  the Visual Studies Workshop, where he obtained in 1984 the Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Associate in Photographic Science degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was coordinator of the Photographic Conservation and Preservation Center of the National Arts Foundation / FUNARTE between 1984 and 1991. Since 1999 he coordinates the photography department of Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS), the main institution dedicated to the storage and preservation of photographic collections in Brazil. As a curator, he organized several exhibitions on Brazilian photography from the 19th and 20th centuries, being the author of significant books and catalogs on photography in Brazil.

Dhyandra Lawson

Curatorial Assistant, LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department

Dhyandra Lawson is curatorial assistant in LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. Her interdisciplinary research considers contemporary photography and media and contemporary African Diasporic artistic production. She completed her Master of Arts in Art History through the LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship in Art History. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Art History with honors from Occidental College. She builds upon LACMA’s collection of over 20,000 photographs. She is working on the forthcoming exhibition, The Past in Front of Us: Imagining Black Diasporas in the 21st Century, a global consideration of two decades of artistic innovation by Black artists from LACMA’s collection.



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, or does not earn the majority of their income from photography.
The Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship Scholarship is open to both emerging and established photographers.


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

  • 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, etc.)
  • A one-page biography and/or CV
  • Twenty digital images


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.

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).

Is there a submission fee?

Yes, the submission fee’s are:
• Lucie Fine Art Scholarship, $25 / submission
• Emerging Artist, $20 / submission
• Photo Made, $10 / submission
• Photo Taken, $10 / submission

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 4mb

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

No, Lucie Foundation accepts online submissions only.

When will the shortlist and recipients be announced?

Finalists and Winners will be announced towards the end of the year, 2021. Date TBD.

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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