concisely: what the topic is, why it’s
important, and how the applicant
would use the award money to
complete or extend the project.
“We want to be able to suss that out
in an application without having
to work too hard,” says Magnum
director Simone Salvo.
Project descriptions are
also used to gauge applicants’
commitment to—and connection
with—their projects. “We want
to know that they have some real
investment in it,” Lubben says.
“We want to see that it’s more than
someone hopping onto a topic”
For instance, she says, she’s seen
a lot of transgender stories, and
appreciates the attention to those
stories. But she says, “It’s more
interesting to me when someone
has some relationship to the story.
It doesn’t mean that has to be your
experience, but you aren’t just
landing on something as a topic.
It’s something you learn about, you
engage with, you have something to
contribute to the story.”
Danielle Villasana won the 2015
Inge Morath Award with “A Light
Inside,” a story about the plight of
transgender women in Peru. She
started working on transgender
stories in 2012, so she’d done a
lot of research and work before
applying for the award. “Make sure
you know [your] topic and why it’s
important,” Villasana advises. “The
jury needs to be convinced that
you know what [you are] doing,
what you’re going to do, and the
importance of that.”
Her application described how
social stigma, rooted in a culture of
transphobia and machismo, forces
many Peruvian trans women into
prostitution in order to survive.
That makes them vulnerable to
exploitation, HIV infection, abuse
and a shockingly high rate of
murder. Her application explained
all of that, and also how her take on
the subject would be different.
Traditional media, she said,
“show trans women as hyper-
sexualized, deconstructed objects
only capable of prostitution.
These stories dangerously focus
on the superficiality of sex rather
than the complexities of gender
identity. As a way to combat these
stereotypes…I have aimed my
camera on their personal lives with
friends, family and partners, rather
than their lives as sex workers….If
society can’t see them as human,
how will people see that they
deserve rights and respect just like
Daniella Zalcman won the
Inge Morath Award last year
for her “Signs of Your Identity”
ABOVE: In applying for the grant, applicants must explain what the topic is and why
it’s important, and how they would use the award. “The jury needs to be convinced
that you know what [you are] doing, what you’re going to do, and the importance of
that,” says Villasana.
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