Lucie Scholarship Program

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

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.


Please find the winners for each of the categories below.



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.


Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew



Danielle Amy: I have stories to tell
Isadora Romero: Extremophiles
Catherine Hyland: Earth Changes



Mauren Brodbeck: Interplay, Enmeshment, and Matter
Sanwal Deen: Postcard Dreams
Barbara Diener: The Rocket’s Red Glare
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan: The Last Savings
Samuel Trotter: Wish You Weren’t Here
Alexandra Tsubota: A Brilliant Flash of Light

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Maximilian Thuemler: Born From the Limb



David Baptiste:Haiti To Hood
Shwe Wutt Hmon: Dear Virus
Arren Mills: Homebirths during a Global Pandemic



Daniela Rivera Antara: The Lowest Hanging Fruit
Parisa Azadi: Ordinary Grief
Rosem Morton: Wildflower
Ingmar Björn Nolting: Measure and Middle
Donavon Smallwood: Beebe
Kai Yokoyama: The day you were born, I wasn’t born yet

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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.


Leila Fatemi: A Vessel to Bend Water



Aaron Friend Lettner: *.*.*.
Alex Turner: Blind River
Stefano Conti: When I killed your tulips




Divya Cowasji: Remember Me
Ian McNaught Davis: Untitled
Joel Jimenez: Castle of Innocence
Rahul Majumdar: Memories Of Things Unsaid
Akilah Townsend: Sankofa Project
Matt Williams: Two Rivers


Mustafa Bilge Satkin: Drowned History



Florence Goupil: Shipibo-Konibo: an indigenous community resists with medicinal plants against the COVID-19 virus
Will Matsuda: Bigfoot Field Guide
Fabiola Ferrero: I Can’t Hear the Birds



Loulou d’Aki: Friend or foe and the Eastern sea so green
José Alvarado Jr.: Vollies
Paola Ismene: Without rain nothing grows
Natalia Kepesz: NIEWYBUCH
Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad: Covid-19 & Isolation Crisis
Pawel Starzec: Recultivation


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.


When will the winning recipients be announced? 

Winners will be announced on January 12, 2021


How will I know if I was selected? 

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


Use and 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.

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