Visual storytelling with depth and nuance is core to the Pulitzer Center mission to raise awareness of underreported global issues, bring attention to urgent stories, and hold those in power to account. Our grants and fellowships for freelance and staff journalists aim to cultivate diverse representation of voices in the journalism we support and the amplification of that work.
GRANTS FOR JOURNALISTS
Through our global reporting grants, special calls, and our annual photojournalism grant in partnership with Diversify Photo, we provide funding, support, and outreach opportunities for journalists to pursue robust visual storytelling projects in their communities and around the world. We welcome visual and creative storytelling across all of our grant opportunities.
PULITZER CENTER / DIVERSIFY PHOTO GRANT
Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant
Awarded annually, the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant supports projects by independent photojournalists historically underrepresented in the global media landscape.
PULITZER CENTER GRANT
Global Reporting Grants
The Pulitzer Center’s Global Reporting Grants support in-depth, high-impact reporting on critical issues that are often overlooked in the media, from global health to climate change. Our stories address the root causes of crises around the world, including within the U.S. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
EXAMPLES OF VISUAL PROJECTS
Utilizing film, photography, and innovative multimedia, these projects exemplify the power of nuanced visual storytelling to engage audiences and raise awareness of today’s urgent issues. Explore past projects by Pulitzer Center grantees.
Survival in Xinjiang
Survival in Xinjiang is an experimental immersive reporting project that includes "Inside Xinjiang's Prison State," an interactive feature story for The New Yorker, and Reeducated, a virtual-reality film.
Facing Life, which follows the lives of eight people recently released from California prisons, aims to bring greater understanding of the hurdles people face when they reenter our society, and maybe even a glimpse at yet another failure of the justice system—incarceration that only leaves the individual further behind than the rest of society.
Indigenous Memory of the Pandemic
This OjoPúblico journalistic investigation addresses issues that currently impact Indigenous populations in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru: the precarious access to health in thepandemic, deaths from COVID-19, and the penetration of criminal groups.
Antonella, a 12-year-old girl living only 150 meters away from Buenos Aires, has very long hair below her knees and has promised to cut it very short when school resumes after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Most Dangerous Black Market You've Never Heard Of
This investigation delves into the underworld of mercury, following its path from Guyana to neighboring Suriname, exploring the health and environmental consequences, and what the prohibition of mercury would mean for the livelihoods of miners and communities across the Amazon.
2022: A Year in Photos
In 2022, the Pulitzer Center supported photojournalism that captured a wide array of the year’s most definitive moments. The work featured here exemplifies visual storytelling with depth and nuance.
Pulitzer Center grantees are often recognized for their work. Here are a few examples where visual journalists garnered awards and recognition for their multimedia reporting.
Irina Werning Wins World Press Photo Award for La Promesa
Grantee photojournalist Irina Werning has won a 2022 World Press Photo Award for her Pulitzer Center-supported photo project, La Promesa. The project won an award in the South America, Stories category.
“Drawn to War” Wins ASME Award
The Virginia Quarterly Review has won an American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Award in the Best Illustrated Story category for the Pulitzer Center-supported story “Drawn to War: A Ukraine Journal,” with illustrations and text by grantee George Butler.
Grantee Loren Holmes Wins NPPA Best of Photojournalism Award
Grantee and Anchorage Daily News photojournalist Loren Holmes has earned first place in the Science Story category in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) 2023 Best of Photojournalism Competition.
Our outreach programming brings visual journalists from diverse identities and experiences to public forums to amplify Pulitzer Center-supported reporting, build public awareness and understanding of complex issues, and inspire journalism-informed action. In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, our grantees share their work with new audiences at photography exhibitions, film festivals, and community conversations.
Since 2014, the Pulitzer Center has been part of Photoville, an ongoing event with exhibits in New York City that also features in-person and virtual storytelling events, artist talks, educational programming, and open-air exhibitions.
Environmental Film Festival
The Pulitzer Center has been participating in the landmark Washington, D.C., film festival since 2010, bringing together journalists, filmmakers, and environmental experts to advance public understanding of the issues that impact our world.
Indigenous Photo Call / Coal + Ice
In 2022, the Pulitzer Center and Indigenous Photograph called on Indigenous photographers to submit their work documenting climate change. The result: a broader visual exploration of the issue, stronger relationships, and the Coal + Ice program.
'Pray For Prey'
The Phnom Penh-based exhibition 'Pray For Prey' celebrates challenges and achievements in the fight to conserve Cambodian forests. It featured more than twenty artists and various NGOs workers, journalists, activists, and students gathering to protect the trees and ensure humanity's survival.
CUGH Global Health Film Festival
Since 2014, the Pulitzer Center has partnered with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) for its annual conference to present a film festival and a workshop with communication specialists, researchers, and global health journalists.
Mekong Discovery Days at the 12th Cambodia International Film Festival
Mekong Discovery Days will bring to the public a digital photo exhibition and films related to the lives and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Cambodia and Indonesia.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADE SCHOOL EDUCATORS
The Pulitzer Center engages grade school educators and students around the world with visual storytelling by Pulitzer Center grantees. Our aim is to extend the impact of journalism and cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting students and teachers around the world with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.
Everyday DC Student Photography Exhibition
Everyday DC challenges students to consider how Washington, D.C., is portrayed in the media, and how they can compose images that more accurately visualize their everyday experiences.
Free Spirit Labs
Since 2009, the Pulitzer Center has supported Free Spirit’s summer documentary filmmaking program by connecting participating students with journalist mentors to support the development and production of their documentaries about underreported local issues.
Virtual Journalist Classroom Visits
The Pulitzer Center offers free, virtual journalist visits to K–12 students and educators. We work with journalists who use photography, video, writing, and more to cover diverse topics and geographic regions for outlets around the globe.
The Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium program engages with students at colleges and universities across the United States and increasingly around the world, inspiring conversations in the community and cultivating future generations of journalists.
Wake Forest Photojournalism Course
For the fourth time in five years, Wake Forest University and the Pulitzer Center created a for-credit photojournalism workshop for college students. During the spring 2023 semester, grantee Justin Cook led five seminar sessions over the course of three weeks, with students ultimately developing independent photo essays on a range of topics.
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Partnership
As part of the larger Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow program, students studying documentary filmmaking have opportunities for funding and mentorship as they develop their projects. During COVID-19, we expanded to offer post-graduate reporting grants to master's students at Columbia regardless of their medium.