Stanley Greene went where he wasn’t supposed to go. As a Black American man, he defied these expectations and photographed places, people, and stories he was not expected to: the early days of the West Coast punk scene, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 1993 October Coup in Russia, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the conflict that defined his career, the first Chechen war.
For its second edition, the Stanley Greene Legacy Prize and Fellowship continues to follow the steps of Stanley’s life. It was the fall of the Berlin wall that inspired him to become a photojournalist, and by consequence to wander behind what used to be the Iron Curtain.
This chapter of the fellowship prize will focus on supporting the work and professional aspirations of visual storytellers who are from and based in the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova Poland, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
The organisers highly encourage photographers and visual storytellers working on projects following the steps of Stanley Greene in their work to apply. They are looking for candidates documenting forgotten topics, and for authors who are not afraid, just like Stanley, to be vocal about human rights, and transcend the rules of traditional storytelling, mindful of the ethics of their storytelling.
The one-year fellowship under the stewardship of Stanley’s colleagues at NOOR includes training, grant-writing support, and networking with media industry leaders to open pathways for the fellow’s work to reach wider international audiences.
NOOR will promote and distribute the fellow’s body of work around the world during that year.
The fellow will receive a €10,000 prize fellowship plus travel expenses for field reporting or research up to €2500 and a Nikon mirrorless camera and one lens.
Applicants should be early-career visual storytellers, in the first ten years of their professional career, who show great promise and an unquenchable desire to practice photojournalism with a purpose.