306.36 VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
ThE REINKe GRANT for VISUAL STorytelling
One student documentary photographer is awarded THE REINKE GRANT FOR VISUAL STORYTELLING annually by the Boyd's Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project providing for a 12-week intensive documentary opportunity to photograph the people and culture inside the nearly 300 square miles surrounding Harrison County, Kentucky.
Highlighted by weekly critique and commentary from 12 prize-winning visual documentary photographers in addition to other mentoring opportunities, The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling provides a unique one of a kind opportunity for the next generation of visual storytellers to expand their skills and develop the tools to sustain a career in documentary photography.
Continuing in the documentary tradition of the Farm Security Administration pictorial project’s recording of American life between 1935 and 1944, the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project works to create an archive of the people of Harrison County.
THE REINKE GRANT FOR VISUAL STORYTELLING
Ed Reinke, an award-winning Associated Press photographer and mentor to countless photojournalists over the years, died in 2011 following an injury he suffered while covering an Indy Car race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY.
Boyd's Station awards this grant annually to emerging visual storytellers offering them the gift of time to work on their craft while bringing them together with experienced professionals in a fitting tribute to a man who had a passion of supporting future generations of visual storytellers.
Ed Reinke was an incredible man in so many ways and he truly loved the Commonwealth of Kentucky and making pictures to tell the stories of the people and the place he called home.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2018 IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR APPLYING!
First, a candidate must complete the online application including a link to work examples (15 IMAGES MAX) and resume. Members of the Boyd’s Station’s 306.36 Visual Documentary Program selection committee will review all of the applicants following the submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2018.
IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?
There is NO fee to apply but a candidate must be a current student working towards a degree.
WHAT ARE SOME KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS?
Candidates must be working towards a college degree or be a recent graduate. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, acute attention to detail, and the ability to work independently is most important. Familiarity with digital photography and file types is a must. Experience with social media tools (Facebook Live & Google Hangouts) and social publishing is expected as well as knowledge with Photoshop, Photo Mechanic and Photoshelter.com will be a major plus. Previous visual documentary experience through former internships, college courses and/or work on school publications is a plus.
WHAT WILL A GRANT RECIPIENT LEARN?
This project is geared towards documentary photography of the people and places of Harrison County, Kentucky. At the beginning of the grant period, Boyd’s Station will ask the candidate to write a brief outline of what they hope to accomplish and then, Boyd’s Station will help the grant recipient along toward those stated goals.
The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project has a large community of successful documentary photographer supporters who are the best in the world and are committed to seeing the grant recipient strive and succeed. What might be the most unique thing about The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling is that while in Harrison County, the grant recipient will have a one-on-on virtual critique of their work with a different Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project mentor each week. This weekly opportunity will be a unique experience between the photographer and an accomplished professional to discuss work or seek answers to questions on how to successfully navigate documentary photography.
In addition to the 12 formal one-on-one critique sessions during the grant program, The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project will work with the photographer to further give advice and feedback through various industry professionals throughout the 12-weeks who could best help the fellow to achieve success towards mastering their earlier stated hopes and goals.
FANCY WORDS BUT WHAT IS A VISUAL MENTOR?
The Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project mentors are a group of documentary photographers you will probably know by name or by their work in the photojournalism field. All of the visual mentors have been awarded the highest honors and awards in documentary photography and are considered to be among the best in the field.
Every week for 12 weeks, The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer will have a one on one virtual portfolio critique with a different acclaimed visual documentarian accommodated through online video chat. Each week’s critique will be edited for presentation and archived at www.boydsstation.org. Each of these one on one critiques will become a tremendous resource for not only the individual, but also, for others to view and learn.
WHAT WILL THIS COST THE PHOTOGRAPHER?
The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling recipient will be provided a RENT-FREE furnished bedroom in a sponsored home in Boyd, Kentucky located in the northern portion of Harrison County during the 3-month long grant period plus stipends to cover some living costs and program expenses. There is NO tuition required.
Once awarded, the grant recipient will be responsible for travel expenses to Harrison County.
- The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer will be provided FREE housing.
- The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer will receive a weekly stipend.
- The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer will receive a weekly fuel allowance.
- Free internet access will be provided by Boyd’s Station along with storage for all image files.
- Office workspace will be provided in Boyd, KY.
- Grant recipient will be responsible for their own meals during the program.
- Grant recipient will be responsible for their own photographic equipment and computer to shoot and edit.
- Grant recipient must have reliable transportation and a valid driver license.
WHAT KIND OF HOURS WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHER BE WORKING?
The grant period is a consecutive 12 weeks in duration scheduled anytime between the months of May and September. The grant photographer must commit to spending the duration of that 3-month time period working in Harrison County. The work hours are flexible and up to the grant recipient. With some exceptions, the photographer can and will set their own schedule. This is not a traditional internship where a photographer will work a shift and clock out. Hopefully, a motivated candidate will realize what a unique opportunity it is to have 12 weeks of uninterrupted time to document a lively, rural American community well off the beaten path.
WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE CREDIT?
If the candidate is enrolled in a college that requires an internship/fellowship program, Boyd’s Station is happy to cooperate with its needs and requirements of the grant recipients school in order to help the photographer earn college credit for their experience during 306.36 Visual Documentary Project.
WHAT DOES THE GRANT RECIPIENT NEED TO BRING TO HARRISON COUNTY?
If you are selected for the grant, you will need the following:
- Reliable transportation and valid driver license
- Personal computer
- Personal and necessary photography equipment
- Personal insurance including auto and health (recommended)
WHO WILL MANAGE WHAT THE GRANT RECIPIENT DOES?
This grant is unique in that there will be no full time staff running the program directly from Harrison County. This is why it is imperative that any candidate must be a self-starter and willing to develop and manage their own ideas or concepts successfully seeing those ideas into fruitful assignments. As important as making photographs, good or bad, by personally working through the assignment process developing story ideas and following leads to photo possibilities, the entire process will hopefully be a successful building block in one’s path to a career in documentary photography.
Jack Gruber, a staff photographer at USA TODAY based in McLean, VA who also has family roots in Harrison County, will be The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer’s daily contact during the twelve-week program. Jack will be available anytime via phone to answer questions or offer advice to the photographer chosen for this grant and he will be checking in periodically to see if he can help or offer assistance in any way.
Jack will make periodic visits to Harrison County to offer advice and guidance as well as pointing the photographer to resources and contacts in Harrison County.
WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT TO THE PHOTOS?
The PHOTOGRAPHER. One of the unique things about this grant program different from other traditional media internships will be any and all work shot by the photographer will be owned and copyright retained personally by that photographer. The photographer has the right to market or sell any of the images for personal gain editorially or commercially as long as the images sold commercially have proper documentation and release from subjects.
The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling photographer, in addition to how the grant recipient determines personally how to archive the images produced during the grant period, agrees that images in total (selects and outtakes) produced during the Boyd’s Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Program will be gathered, stored and archived in a specific and exact manner determined and funded by Boyd’s Station.
The complete collection of images produced during the grant period DO become part of the overall historical archive and collection of the Boyd's Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Program and the photographer grants Boyd's Station the right, in perpetuity, to use any of the images created during the grant period in promotion, exhibits and for educational purposes determined by Boyd’s Station without compensation. Boyd’s Station agrees not to sell or provide images for commercial gain without the express consent and agreement of the grant photographer.
WHY IS THE REINKE GRANT FOR VISUAL STORYTELLING A “FIRST CHOICE” OPPORTUNITY FOR EMERGING PHOTOJOURNALISTS?
Weekly in-depth critiques and commentary from photojournalism’s most talented photographers.
Innovative alternative to the traditional media internship opportunity allowing for an individual to explore and document while not be constrained by daily deadlines.
Exposure of the photographer’s work will be widely promoted and seen by top editors and photographers in the visual documentary community.
Immediate immersion into documenting Harrison County, Kentucky WITHOUT the worry of finding housing and paying rent.
The photographer owns the copyright to the photographs taken during the time in Harrison County.
The photographs taken become part of the larger historical archive documenting this single community and continuing for many years to come.
Please contact Jack Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments regarding the applications process or general information regarding The Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling.