Each spring, the board of FTLF will announce the amount of money available, make a call for entries, and make an application and application guidelines available.
Application Requirements and Submission Guidelines
The following application rules constitute the full requirements of eligibility:
Submissions Deadline: For consideration, completed application, submission requirements and entry fee must be received no later than 12pm Friday, April 19th, 2013.
Grant: Follow the Light Foundation is granting $9000 this year. This grant is awarded in the spirit and memory of Larry “Flame” Moore who was Surfing Magazines Photo Editor for more than 30 years. Follow the Light Foundation reserves the right to grant that money in whole or in part to single or multiple award recipients. This year the Winner will receive $5,000 and the runners-up $1,000 each. In order to receive the grant, winner must be present at the awards ceremony.
Eligibility: Applicants must apply as individuals – collaboration and business entities are not permitted.
Important Note: The cash grant is considered compensation and may be subject to withholding tax. Grant recipients should be prepared to provide a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number shortly after their grant is awarded in order that the grant can be presented to them in a timely manner, if it is deemed necessary. Grant recipients are responsible for determining their own tax consequences. Recipients will be asked to provide an accounting for how the grant money is spent.
Application Submission Guidelines: To ensure qualification of your application please adhere to all of the guidelines, procedures, rules and regulations.
Judging: An esteemed panel of judges chosen by the Follow the Light Foundation will conduct the judging. The panel will consist of world-renowned photographers such as Aaron Chang, Leo Hetzel, Chris Burkard, Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Pete Taras, Jeff Hall, Jeremiah Klein, Matt Clark and Sam Olson. After an initial screening the Judges will look over the applications and score the work as follows:
- Photography – awarded a score up to 10
- Words – awarded a score up to 10
- X-factor – awarded a score up to 10 (this category is decided on by each individual judge on the basis of their overall reaction to each application as a whole)
Follow the Light Foundation will not be responsible for loss of submissions. As submissions will not be returned, applicants are urged to keep duplicates for their records
Intellectual Property:Follow the Light Foundation assures applicants that all materials within the application will not be used by the Foundation or grant judges for any commercial purpose other than the grant review and selection process. However, finalist’s submitted photographs may be used in and on affiliate media outlets including but not limited to website, magazine, catalog and television stations such as Fuel TV.
Selection Criteria: Grants will be selected by the Follow the Light Foundation for his or her talent. Selection will be based on judges’ determination of applicant’s ability, desire and character; all three qualities that defined Larry Moore’s life. The panel will take into account the caliber of portfolio, professional ability and the answers to the application questions.
Selection Notification: Finalists for the grants will be notified in the month of June. A list of finalists and the grant recipients will be published at www.followthelightfoundation.org
Publicity: Each grant recipient allows Follow the Light Foundation the right to use his or her name, likeness, biographical information, and grant project images in connection with but not limited to any and all promotion and publicity, including exhibitions of the Follow the Light Foundation Grants for Photography and televised media.