Category Archives: Photography

KeywordSmart – new keywording tool for professional photographers

Hey folks. My good friend has launched a new software program for professional photogs and I'm trying to help him get the word out. So if you or anyone you know want to check this out, he's offering an extended free trial for friends of Freelance Cafe. Just tell him I sent you. Happy keywording!



My company software has gone live!
It's a web-based image keywording tool for professional photographers.
If you're asking, what the hell is that, don't worry, you probably don't need to know.  But if you have friends who are serious photographers, please pass my info along.

Getty Images Announces Grant Guidelines for Editorial Photography and Nonprofit Work, Deadline May 1

Hey folks. Funding opportunity below for photogs and filmmakers.


Call for Proposals – Getty Images Announces Grant Guidelines for Editorial Photography and Nonprofit Work – Deadline: May 1

For more information or to apply, follow this link:

Getty Images has announced the guidelines for its 2011 Grants for Editorial Photography and Grants for Good programs.

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program is designed to provide professional photographers with the creative freedom to create compelling social, political, and cultural stories. Both individual photographers and those who work as teams may apply for the program, which will award five grants of $20,000 each to as well as additional resources such as project execution guidance from Getty Images photo editors and support from the Getty Images communications team. Applications will be accepted online beginning April 1, 2011, with a deadline of May 1, 2011. (Please note: The May 1 deadline is for professional photographers only; Getty Images will announce guidelines for student photographers later in the year.)

The Getty Images Grants for Good program is designed to support photographers/filmmakers and communications professionals who use imagery to promote positive change in the world. The program will award two grants of $15,000 each to cover photographer, filmmaker, and agency costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice. Teams or groups of photographers or filmmakers may apply for the grants in 2011.

For more information or to apply, follow this link:

Photocrati competition for non-professional photographers

Hey folks. I don’t know much about this but it might be worth checking out. -mia


Photocrati has announced a documentary photography contest expressly for *non*-professionals, meaning less than half your income can be related to photography. The deadline is March 15 and you can check out the rest of the rules and requirements here:

possible photo opportunity and poetry prize

Hey folks. A couple posts courtesy of the Freelancer’s Guild. There has been some confusion in the past about this, so let me clarify: the Freelancer’s Guild is a separate organization (part of the CA Media Workers Guild) that has its own organizers, events, posts, etc. They are doing some great work for Bay Area freelancers, including trying to get a group health insurance policy, so if you haven’t already, check out their website and join up:

We are Freelance Cafe, a group that started out as a social network and has since turned into an information sharing listserv and community. All of the posts to Freelance Cafe are copied to the Freelancer’s Guild, and while we share a lot of information and resources, we remain two separate entities. If you have any questions about this, please contact me or Sara Steffens <>, the Freelancer’s Guild organizing guru.

Hope all who attended had a great time at the holiday party, and happy holidays from the very COLD northeast! Best, Mia ___________________________

Topic: Stock photo company?

Is anyone familiar with Cavan Images? They have been posting on Craiglist looking for new contributors, and their Web site claims that their photographers regularly earn $500 – $1000 per day: * Here’s the latest Craigslist ad:*

Who we are: Cavan Images is a wholly owned image library that buys and commissions work from talented photographers. Photographer’s can either submit images they have shot on their own or, with a proven track record, can be selected for commissioned projects.

What we are looking for: – Assistants and those just breaking out. This is an excellent way to make money using your camera instead of pushing someone else’s lights around. – Professionals looking for a great way to help subsidize the costs of your travels and various personal projects.

Benefits: – Photographer’s that are working with us have free access to the latest digital gear to help pull a shoot together. We currently have Canon 5D mark II kits, which include a 24-70mm 2.8 and a 70-200mm 2.8, plus plenty of flash cards. – Any imagery that we choose to add to our collection will be retouched by one of most highly respected retouching studios around. These retouched images will be returned to you for your own self-promotional and fine art needs. – As our company expands and our outreach grows we will continue to help market photographers working with us through our website and contacts in the photographic community.

Topic: Kundiman Poetry Prize for Asian American writers

Kundiman announces Poetry Prize The Kundiman Poetry Prize for Asian American writers New York- Kundiman, Inc. is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Kundiman Poetry Prize in partnership with Alice James Books.

The prize is open to emerging and established Asian American poets. The award of $2,000, publication of the winning manuscript, and sponsorship of a reading make this a highly desirable prize. Submissions are accepted from November 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010. Guidelines for submission are available to Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process. For more on Alice James Books, go to . Kundiman was founded in 2002 to provide opportunities for Asian American poets to perfect their skills through education and performance and to promote Asian American literature as a vital part of American letters. Its programs include a summer poetry retreat, held annually since 2004 and a reading series in New York City.

Kundiman’s partnership with Alice James Books for The Kundiman Poetry Prize is made possible through the support of Fordham University. For more information on Kundiman, go to .