Critical Mass Scholarship Profiles & Reviews Scholarship Info

Each year, Photolucida awards five Critical Mass scholarships to photographers who live and work outside the United States. In previous years, scholarships have been given to photographers from Poland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Georgia, Guatemala, and Japan. This year, Photolucida offered scholarships to photographers from Finland. We solicit recommendations from in-country curators and offer scholarships based on these recommendations. The goal is to encourage international connections and dialog by introducing jurors to work they might not otherwise have seen. The photographers selected for Critical Mass this year are Meeri Koutaniemi, Anni Leppälä, Harri Pälviranta, Marja Pirilä, and Perttu Saksa. We thought we’d share some of their wonderful work here on the blog.

Photolucida also awards scholarships to our four-day, biennial Portfolio Reviews. The 2015 Portfolio Reviews will be held April 23 – 26th in lovely Portland, Oregon. Scholarship applications for the Reviews are available now (deadline is August 21st). Scholarship awards waive the full registration fee for photographers who demonstrate both financial need and exceptional talent. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and a 20-image body of work. Interested in applying? Find out more.
Image from Meeri Koutaniemi’s series Taken, about female genital mutilation.
Anni Leppälä, Projection
Image from Harri Pälviranta’s series News Portraits (School Shooters).
Image from Marja Pirilä’s series of camera obscura images, Interior/Exterior
Image from Pertu Saksa’s series, Echo.