THE MANUEL RIVERA-ORTIZ FOUNDATION for Documentary Photography & Film is committed to positive social discourse in under-represented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging and established photographers and filmmakers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Learn about our founder Manuel Rivera-Ortiz.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film
2015 Call for Submissions
Now in our fifth year, the 2015 submissions call continues to focus on stories of heroism, human dignity and injustice. From famine to disease, human suffering to the politics that threaten the lives of people all over the world, our grant programs give photographers and filmmakers the opportunity to share the pivotal and emotional stories that impact generations. Each year our foundation grants both photography and film making at its best. Our 2015 call for submissions is now open though March 31, 2015. Find our photography submissions guidelines here and film submissions guidelines here.
Alfonso Moral 2014 Film Laureate
We are pleased to announce that Alfonso Moral of Spain has been awarded our 2nd annual Documentary Short-Short Film prize for his work A City Without Dreams. Contrasting the plight a Syrian family fled against the rejection they faced as refugees in Beirut, Moral’s film stood out among submissions from around the globe. Honorable mentions are given to Emily Harrold of the USA for her work depicting the reporting of The Holocaust by The New York Times during World War II, and to Leonard Pongo of Belgium for his film questioning faith, politics, and exploitation in Congo DR. View all the 2014 finalists’ films here.
Remembering Lucien Clergue
We honor the life and work of Lucien Clergue (1934 – 2014) – friend, advisor, Rencontres d’Arles founder, inspired photographer, artist. Beyond a great photographer, one of the best, Lucien was a great man with a huge giving heart for anyone trying to make it in the world of photography. We will miss his compassion, presence and his ever knowing gentlemanly smile.
ARLES Info Covers MROF Prize Award Camille Lepage awarded the honor of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Maryvonne Lepage accepts the first posthumous Medal of Honor of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundationon behalf of her slain daughter, French photographer Camille Lepage. Camille was killed last May in the Central African Republic.
A Year of Transition A letter from our Foundation President & Founder With the start of a new year, it’s natural to reflect on the receding tide of the one past. And indeed, I’ll do just that as a way to kick off our new foundation blog. I promise that follow on posts won’t […]
Foundation President Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Selected for List of 50 Great Stories by Columbia Journalism School 2001: Faces of Poverty Columbia University faculty, a group of distinguished judges and alumni voted on the 100 Great Stories from the school of journalism graduates. Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, class of 1998, was selected for his documentary photography work focusing on […]