Scholarship 2020

Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.

- Mary Ellen Mark

One tuition-free scholarship to attend the upcoming Finding Your Vision: Oaxaca Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. 

For more than 20 years, Mary Ellen Mark traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to teach, photograph, and create a community through her photography and artistic vision. Hundreds of students from all over the world attended her workshop series and helped to create a successful learning environment from which she helped support local organizations, families, individuals, and many Mexican photographers as they advanced in their careers.

With the generous donations of Mary Ellen’s friends and students, the Friends of Mary Ellen Mark Scholarship hopes to keep Mary Ellen’s memory and generosity alive, while supporting and inspiring younger generations of photographers to come.


Open to Mexican photographers, 18-32 years old, who currently live in Mexico, or have a Mexican passport if they are studying or working abroad.  Work by all kinds of photographers will be considered—from art photographers to documentary photographers, from photography students to professionals—the only stipulation being that none of the images submitted have been dramatically altered digitally.

Scholarship winners will be responsible for all travel, housing, and food, and Finding Your Vision: Oaxaca Workshop will be taught in English. Also, the recipient agrees to gift small signed prints to donors of the scholarship.

Applicants must be 18-32 years old on the day that the applications close.


Please submit the following materials to the email address——with the subject header MEM SCHOLARSHIP.

A. In the email, please include the following in one Word doc:

1. Name, email, date of birth, city of residence and school of attendance
2. 100 word statement about your work (if you work on a series, please include a short description of your series, project, or book).
3. 100 word bio, which includes your photographic background and website or online link to your photographs.
4. Two names and emails of references of people familiar with your photographic work, such as professors, workshop teachers, fellow photographers, editors, curators, publishers.

All application materials must be submitted in English.

B. Additionally, in this email please also attach 10 small jpgs (ideally from one project or series), 72 dpi, and 1080 pixels on the longest side.



Monday, August 26, 2019


Monday, September 23, 2019 at midnight (CT / Mexico City Time)


Monday, September 30, 2019


Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Aperture senior editor Denise Wolff, who edited some of Mary Ellen Mark’s books, including Aperture’s Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Momentp