The TPF Social Documentary Photography Grant

How to Enter

Welcome to the 2022 TPF Social Documentary Photography Grant. You should have received an email from us, which includes the information below. If you have not received this email, please check your spam/junk folder and get in touch with us if it is still not received.

This grant is sponsored by LIMI London charity in partnership with The Photography Foundation (TPF). You will find all the submission details below and please take your time to read the application criteria carefully as incorrectly submitted applications will not be considered. For the 2022 applications we will be awarding one grant worth £2,500.

We are also delighted to confirm that the successful grant applicant will have their final project printed and exhibited (in partnership with Rapid Eye and the Photo Book Cafe), have their work showcased on the Grant partners websites & social media channels and we will be working with strategic partners to publish the completed photographic essay. Additionally, the grant winner will be allocated a TPF TALKS evening to give a talk about their completed project.


– Applications for the Grant are free and is open to professional, semi-professional or amateur photographers from any age range and background.

– The Grant is a UK based grant and as such must have a UK focus.

– We will consider applications for new projects or the completion of ongoing projects only. Support for ongoing projects that cannot be completed within the 12 months will not be considered.

– This grant is a 12 months social documentary photography grant for the production of a photographic essay. Your project should be focused on tackling a single or mix of social issues in the UK. Please use your project statement to fully detail the social cause/issue that the project is focused on. We take a broad view on the definition of ‘social issue’ and welcome applications from a wide range of potential projects.

– The grant can be used towards any combination of travel, equipment and living expenses while completing the project. Please use your project statement to highlight how the grant money will be used.


– All submissions are to be made by 12noon Friday 16th December 2022


– All submissions are to be made to with the subject heading ‘TPF PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT 2022’. All applications must follow the submission criteria and format detailed below:

1) Your submission email must include your name, contact details and links to your online portfolio and social media accounts.

2) Please attach your ‘Project Statement’ document, which must include the following:

  • Description of your proposed project and the social issue it tackles
  • Explanation and breakdown of how the grant money will be used
  • Expected timescales of your project
  • What you plan to do with your project on completion
  • The project Statement should be no longer that 1 PDF page

3) Please submit up to a maximum of 10 images OR provide a link to an online gallery of a maximum of 10 images to support your application. If attaching images to the email, please make sure they are under 1MB in size. We will also accept a link to dropbox or other storage solution.


– The number of grants awarded may be subject to change based on the number and quality of applications received.

– The successful grant applicant will be required to deliver a photographic essay tackling the social issue highlighted in their proposal.

– The successful grant applicant will be expected to deliver a talk or workshop at the TPF studios soon after the project is completed as a condition to receiving the grant.

– There will be a requirement to deliver a progress report half way through the project, which will include a minimum of 8 images and a short report to detail the progress and status of the project.

– The grant is for a maximum period of 12 months, however, we do not require you to use all 12 months if it can be completed within a shorter timescale.

– Each grant receiver will have their profile/bio and portrait included on TPF and LIMI London websites, and social media accounts.

– The format of the exhibition and printed project is subject to approval from our partners Rapid Eye and Photobook Cafe.

– For any further information, questions or comments about this grant, please contact or reply to this email.

We are extremely excited to be able to offer this grant in the first year of its existence. Good luck with your submissions and please get in touch if you need any further assistance.

Best Regards,

LIMI London & The Photography Foundation