Google’s Creator Labs and Aperture announce the launch of The Creator Labs Photo Fund — a new initiative providing financial support to artists in the wake of COVID-19. You can submit here!

The fund, made possible by Google Devices and Services in partnership with Aperture, will be distributed through a national open call, starting July 1and running through July 16, 2021. Submissions will be free and open to any photographer or lens-based artist living in the United States and twenty selected artists will be awarded a prize of $5,000 each.

With artists and creatives being some of the people heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important and vital to provide support for this community.

Aperture serves as an essential platform for artists, fostering critical dialogue within the photographic community — in print, in person, and online. “We are thrilled to partner with Google on the Creator Labs Photo Fund,” says Aperture’s creative director, Lesley A. Martin, “and we hope that together we can contribute to sustaining the future of photography. We all communicate with images today: we want to encourage photographers to keep working toward a more rigorous, more expansive range of expressions to the field.”

To apply to the Creator Labs Photo Fund, all entrants will need to submit 8 to 10 images from one body of work, showing a commitment to making a cohesive and compelling series or project. The project does not need to be finished in order to enter. Entrants will not be evaluated on the basis of prior experience, publications, or exhibition history, but instead on the strength and originality of their vision. Submit your project here.

About Creator Labs

Creator Labs is a visual arts incubator that supports rising talents in the creation of new work about important cultural narratives. Founded in 2019 as a partnership between Google Pixel and SN37, Creator Labs provides the resources for photographers, filmmakers and YouTubers to capture personal work that is grounded in a social cause.

About Aperture

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community.