Lucie Foundation Scholarship Winners & Finalists

Lucie Foundation Scholarship Winners & Finalists


Los Angeles, CA—The Lucie Foundation unveiled the winners and honorable mentions of the Lucie Foundation Scholarship. Through its annual scholarship program, the foundation supports emerging talent who possess both vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress still photography into work that compels the viewer.

Furthermore, the program illustrates the foundation’s broad support of photography, from fine art to documentary and photojournalism—both digital and film-based works. The program is intended to support emerging as well as established photographers, producing work that is gripping and original.

The jury for the scholarships includes Claartje Van Dijk, head of Exhibitions, FOAM; Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum; as well as Michelle Dunn Marsh, publisher of Minor Matters Books.

“Though I spent many more hours than I’d anticipated reviewing submissions, it was well worth it given the international array of strong work,” said Michelle Dunn Marsh. “I’ve made many notes on photographers I will continue to look out for as a result.

“The jurying process was all I hoped for in these circumstances; with discussion, listening, counterpoints and resolution only after invested deliberation by all three jurors. Our thanks to the Lucie Foundation for agreeing to our request to list honorable mentions in addition to the winners. We felt those photographers who led us into robust discussion deserved to know the depth of consideration their work received. Congratulations to all listed here.”

Lucie Foundation Scholarship Winners

The Lucie Foundation offers four cash grants to support the work of emerging and established photographers. The category winners as well as the honorable mentions follow.

Chromaluxe X Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship Lucie-foundation scholarship Chromalux-2020-Scholarship

With a $3,000 prize, the winner of this scholarship is Jess T. Dugan for the submission  Every Breath We Drew.

Honorable mentions for this scholarship are Danielle Amy, I have stories to tell; Isadora Romero, Extremophiles; and Catherine Hyland, Earth Changes.

ChromaLuxe, a provider of print media, offers this scholarship through the Lucie Foundation in support of fine art photographers. The scholarship is open to emerging as well as established artists to support a fine art project that has already started or a fine art project proposal.

Emerging Artist Lucie-foundation scholarship 2020-Emerging-Artists

Sponsored by Sony, this scholarship is open to all genres of photographic work. Moreover, it is given to an individual to create or continue work on a specific dynamic project. The scholarship encompasses $1,500 in cash as well as a Sony Alpha 7 III camera with a 28–70mm lens (valued at more than $2,000).

The winner of the open genre scholarship is Maximilian Thuemler for Born from the Limb. In addition, the judges recognized the following honorable mentions: David Baptiste, Haiti to Hood; Shwe Wutt Hmon, Dear Virus; and Arren Mills, Homebirths during a Global Pandemic.

Photo Made Emerging Scholarship Lucie-2020-Photo-Made-Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship goes to an individual to create or continue a project focused on creating a story through a conceptual fine art approach. This year’s winner is Leila Fatemi, A Vessel to Bend Water.

Honorable mentions are Aaron Friend Lettner, ***; Alex Turner, Blind River; and Stefano Conti, When I killed your tulips.

Photo Taken Emerging Scholarship

Also a $1,000 scholarship, it is granted to an individual to create or continue a project focused on telling an existing story through a documentary or photojournalism approach. The winner is Mustafa Bilge Satkin, Drowned History. Lucie-2020-Photo-Taken

Honorable mentions for this scholarship are Florence Goupil, Shipibo-Konibo: an indigenous community resists with medicinal plants against the COVID-19 virus; Will Matsuda, Bigfoot Field Guide; as well as Fabiola Ferrero, I Can’t Hear the Birds.

Lucie Foundation

The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers as well as discover and cultivate emerging talent. Moreover, it promotes the appreciation of photography worldwide.

In addition to the various Lucie Awards, the foundation presents year-round programming. It also offers financial funding through the Lucie Scholarship Programs. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable foundation.