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Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern exitence - privacy, government intrusion and modern antiseptic warfare.
James Estrin, co-editor of the New York Times Lens Blog
The judging panel for the PMH 2015 Grant will once again be composed of a selection of internationally recognised photographers, editors and curators.

Applying to the competition will offer you the opportunity to have your work reviewed by some of the industry’s most influential names. Here you can learn more about them:
Main Prize
Christopher Anderson
Photographer and member of Magnum Photos
James Estrin
Co-Editor of The New York Times Lens Blog
Roberto Huarcaya
Director of Centro de la Imagen and Lima Photo Biennial
Arianna Rinaldo
Director of OjodePez Magazine and Cortona On The Move Festival
Christopher Anderson is a member of Magnum Photos since 2005. He is the author of five monographs of photography including Capitolio (RM 2009), SON (Kehrer 2013) and STUMP (RM 2014). For more than a decade Christopher has collaborated closely with publications such as The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker and has served as a contract photographer for Newsweek and National Geographic Magazines. Presently he is the first ever "Photographer in Residence" at New York Magazine. 

Christopher first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000, the images from that journey received the Robert Capa Gold Medal. Today his photographs span an eclectic range of subject matter from fashion to the American political theater to his intensely personal images of his own family.
James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a founder of Lens, the Times's photography blog and co-edits it with David Gonzalez. Mr. Estrin has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. In addition to photographing, editing and writing, he produces audio and video for

Mr. Estrin is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.  He attended Hampshire College and the graduate program at the International Center of Photography.
Roberto Huarcaya is a Peruvian photographer and curator. He is co-director of the Bienal de Fotografia de Lima and Lima Photo, editor of Peruvian magazine CDI, and co-editor of Sueño de la Razón, a Latin American review. He is the Founder and Director of Centro de la Imagen.

His work is part of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie of Paris, the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, the MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art of California, the COCA Center on Contemporary Art, in Seattle, the Lehigh University Art Collection, the Museo de Arte de Lima, the Museo de San Marcos in Lima, the Fundación América in Santiago, Chile, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam in Havana, Cuba and private collections.
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. She is the director of OjodePez magazine, the documentary photography quarterly published by LaFabrica, Madrid. She is also the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, an international photo festival in Tuscany, Italy.

Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 in New York, as Archive Director at Magnum Photos. Back in Italy in 2001, she worked as picture editor for Colors magazine and photo consultant for D, the weekend supplement of one of Italy’s main daily, La Repubblica. She participates to several portfolio review panels worldwide and was part of the World Press Photo jury in 2009, and Fotopres in 2012.
New Generation Prize
Myriam Meloni
Award winning photographer and member of the Museum Crew
Ignacio Coló
Curator at
Nicolas Janowski
Curator at
Alejandro Kirchuk
Curator at
Myriam Meloni is an italian photographer currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Bologna, and specialized in criminology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she approaches to photography completing the three-years-course in Photographic Institute of Catalonia. After moving to Argentina, she specializes in documentary photography and she start to collaborate with national newspapers and international NGOs.

In 2010 she received the award for best portfolio in the 4th Biennial of Photography Documentary Tucumán and she is selected for the Transatlantic Photoespaña in Managua. In 2011 she was candidate for the Joop Swart Masterclass in the World Press Photo. In 2013 her work has received the Sony award in Arts & Culture , the Poy Latinoamerica and was nominated for the PRIX PICTET.
In 2014 her work " Behind the Absence" was awarded with the Firecracker grant for European women photographers, the Sony Award in Lifestyle and won the FINI International Festival of Photography in Mexico.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited internationally.
Ignacio is a Senior Photo Editor at phmuseum. His work his focused on research and he supervises and coordinates every project of our creative board. He is a photographer and editor born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980.

He lived in Paris, where he specialized in Photography History at the Sorbonne University. Back in Buenos Aires, he completed photography studies at the Escuela Argentina de Fotografía (EAF) and studied Cinematography at SICA, the union of filmmaking professionals. He currently works at La Nación, a major Argentinian newspaper, as a photographer and photo editor. He works freelance for other magazines and newspapers.

He worked as an assistant for Magnum photographers Martin Parr and Jim Goldberg.

He was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2009 organized by World Press Photo. His photographs have been exhibited in individual and collective shows.
Nicolas is a Senior Curator at phmuseum and he is in charge of curating the work featured in our platform and envisioning our artistic development. He is an Argentine photographer born in 1980 and based in Buenos Aires.

He has a BA degree in Anthropology from the UAB (Barcelona, Spain) Photography studies at Centre Iris (Paris, France) and at ARGRA (Argentina).

In 2011 he received a National Grant from INCAA for develop a project about Archaeological Sites in Argentina. His work has been featured in NY Times Lens Blog, De Spiegel, Burn Magazine, Emaho Magazine , Lugares and Rolling Stone among others. Along the way he has received several awards, such as first prize in Repsol Lima Photo 2014, Finalist in Burn for Emerging Photographers 2012 and Top Finalist in Fotovisura 2013 edition.

He has exhibited collectively in PhotoEspaña-Brasil 2013, Sao Paulo; Colorful Ghizou 6th China International Photo Festival; PhotoEspaña 2013, Madrid, Fotografia Latinoamericana Contemporanea; Miami PHM Art Basel(2012); Lima, Peru (2012) Miscellaneous Cultural Center and Los Alamos Gallery (Barcelona, 2006-2007) and PhotoPro’s Gallery (El Paso, Texas, USA, 2009) Individually in Vendrazanne Gallerie d'art (Paris, France, 2008); Metales Pesados (Santiago, Chile 2103); Casa Florida Fotografia Contemporanea (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013)
His photographs have been exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, France Spain, USA, India & China.

He currently works as a freelance photographer. At the same time he works on photographic projects independently.
Alejandro is a Senior Curator at phmuseum. He is the main responsable of every monthly show of our online Museum. He is an Argentine photojournalist born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, where he is based. By the end of 2006, almost by chance he discovered photography, and very soon he approaches to photojournalism.

In 2009, after a couple of years of intense formation, he starts to work as a freelance in some local magazines and newspapers in Argentina. Later, he also starts to collaborate with international media such as The New York Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend Magazine. He also works on independent photojournalistic projects. At the same time, he works as a teacher, giving photography workshops independiently.

In 2012 he won the First Prize at the World Press Photo contest in the category 'Daily Life Stories' with his project about Alzheimer's disease. In this period of work, his work was also recognized by different organizations such as POYi, NPPA, Ian Parry Scholarship, Terry O'Neill Award, PhotoEspaña, Save the Children, Lumix FotoFestival, among others. His photographs have been exhibited in different cities around the world, including London, Madrid, Hannover and Buenos Aires. Now he's a fellow of the National Endowment for Arts in Argentina, working in his long-term project about football as a social phenomenon in Argentina.
1st Prize
To be awarded by PMH 2015 Grant official jurors Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo and Roberto Huarcaya. The first prize grants USD 2,000 in cash and high exposure across photographic media.
2nd Prize
To be awarded by PMH 2015 Grant official jurors Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo and Roberto Huarcaya. The second prize grants USD 1,000 in cash and exposure across photographic media.
3rd Prize
To be awarded by PMH 2015 Grant official jurors Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo and Roberto Huarcaya. The third prize grants USD 500 in cash and exposure across photographic media.
New Generation Prize
To be awarded to a photographer under the age of 25 by Myriam Meloni, and PMH Curators Ignacio Colo, Alejandro Kirchuk, and Nicolas Janowski. The New Generation Prize grants USD 500 in cash and exposure across photographic media.
Honorable Mentions
Official Certificate of Honor
A number of honorable mentions will be awarded by the PMH 2015 Grant jurors Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo and Roberto Huarcaya to recognise up to 6 distinguished works.
Terms & Conditions
Welcome to the “Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant” (“PMH 2015 Grant” or “Contest”).

This document defines the Terms and Conditions that govern your use of the PMH 2015 Grant webpages.

These Terms and Conditions apply between You, the User, and Photographic Museum S.r.l. (“Photographic Museum”, “the organizers” or “we”), the Italian based corporation that owns and operates the website, and all other related sites and services with the Photographic Museum of Humanity trademarks.

By clicking the “Submit to Grant” button in the last step of the PMH 2015 Grant Series submission process, you have officially participated in the PMH 2015 Grant, and you hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please be sure to read and understand these Terms and Conditions before applying to the PMH 2015 Grant.


The PMH 2015 Grant opens on December 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 am Greenwich Medium Time (GMT) and ends at midnight on February 24th, 2015 (GMT). Winners will be announced within 45 days after the deadline or extended deadline date at

Participants must be at least 18 years old on the date of entry. Each participant can submit only one Series, defined as a set of photos built around a concept or a topic, often intended to tell a story. The Series, which must feature no less than 6 photos and no more than 15 photos, will be judged by the PMH 2015 Grant contest Jurors. The photos must have been shot after January 2010. The details below indicate the PMH 2015 Grant Prizes, and the Jurors that will award them:

a) PMH 2015 Grant 1st Prize: $2,000
b) PMH 2015 Grant 2nd Prize: $1,000
c) PMH 2015 Grant 3rd Prize: $500

To be awarded by Jurors: Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo and Roberto Huarcaya

d) PMH 2015 Grant New Generation Prize: $500

To be awarded by Jurors: Myriam Meloni, Ignacio Colo, Alejandro Kirchuk and Nicolas Janowski.

e) PMH 2015 Grant Honorable Mention

To be awarded by Jurors: Christopher Anderson, James Estrin, Arianna Rinaldo, Roberto Huarcaya, Myriam Meloni, Ignacio Colo, Alejandro Kirchuk and Nicolas Janowski.

Winners will be announced on within 45 days after the deadline or extended deadline date.

You agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The decisions of the Jurors are final on all matters relating to the PMH 2015 Grant.

PMH 2015 Grant is void where prohibited.


By clicking the “Submit to Grant” button, you have officially participated in the PMH 2015 Grant, and you hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

You also acknowledge and agree that once you have clicked “Submit to Grant”, and have therefore submitted a Series to the PMH 2015 Grant, you will not be able to:

a) delete the submitted Series from the website
b) delete/add one or more photos from/to the submitted Series
c) change the photos comprising the submitted Series
d) change the order of the photos, the Series title or the Series description

from the date you submit the Series to 60 days after the PMH 2015 Grant deadline or extended deadline.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Terms and Conditions without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Photographic Museum commits to credit the due amount to the winners within 60 days after the winners have been announced, provided that the winner communicates via email to Photographic Museum (i) valid bank account details and (ii) a copy of his/her ID within 30 days after the winners have been announced.

Photographic Museum is committed to crediting author copyrights. When You submit photographs to the Photographic Museum of Humanity website, You remain the copyright owner of the photographs You submit to Photographic Museum of Humanity websites and Photographic Museum of Humanity does not claim ownership of photographs You submit to the Photographic Museum of Humanity Services.

Photographic Museum does not retain the right to use your images uploaded or displayed on the site for any commercial or promotional use, outside of the Photographic Museum websites and Photographic Museum official Facebook Page, without your prior written consent.

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By clicking the “Submit to Grant” button, you submit the selected Series to the PMH 2015 Grant and you make the following representations and warranties:

a) You can lawfully enter into contracts under applicable law and you are at least 18 years old.
b) You have obtained and have copies of model releases from all subjects depicted in the photograph(s) you submit to the PMH 2015 Grant, and such persons voluntarily consented to publication and/or dissemination of their likeness for all legal purposes. Upon our request you will provide a copy of the model release from any subject depicted in your photo(s) to Photographic Museum.

Neither Photographic Museum, nor their associates, affiliates or partners, assume any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of these Terms and Conditions. Images that demonstrate violations on copyright and/or competition policies will be removed & disqualified by Photographic Museum after due investigations.


By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Photographic Museum and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in the PMH 2015 Grant or any PMH 2015 Grant-related activities, and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any potential gain on the fine art print of a winning photo hereunder.

The organizers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. The Organizers are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.


You acknowledge and agree that these PMH 2015 Grant Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, as well as any claim that might arise between you and the Photographic Museum of Humanity, shall be governed and interpreted according exclusively to the law of the State of Italy. You further acknowledge and agree that the courts of Bologna, Italy shall be the exclusive forum where you agree to resolve any claim, cause of action, or dispute between You and the Photographic Museum of Humanity arising out of or relating to this Agreement.


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