The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce that it has partnered with CatchLight Media on the second year of the organization's $30,000 fellowship program. Last year, the Center supported photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve as he reported on the U.S.-Mexico border and the "weaponization" of photography using historical photographic techniques alongside cutting-edge surveillance technology.
Van Houtryve was one of three photographers selected by Catchlight's judging panel, which includes Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer. The fellowship is awarded to "creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the Fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact."
As a partner, the Pulitzer Center is seeking photojournalism projects that address a critical under-reported global topic that also includes a plan for distribution in wide-reaching news outlets. Pulitzer Center staff will work with CatchLight and the Fellow to maximize the project's impact across new and traditional platforms as well as through the Center's extensive network of educational partners.
"Through the Pulitzer Center there's a whole number of actors that are starting to assemble around this work to bring it into educational institutions, bring it into museums," said van Houtryve.
Applications for the 2018 CatchLight Fellowship will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 31. The 2018 Catchlight fellows will be announced on April 2. For more information on the fellowship and application process, visit the CatchLight Fellowship website here.