As we near the one-year mark for the April and May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, we are faced with the magnitude of the utter failure of our political system that has not only left over 2.5 million survivors homeless but, prevented them from rebuilding their homes and their lives. The National Reconstruction Authority, which was tasked with the rebuilding process, has been sidetracked with political in-fighting that has caused major delays in finalizing its procedures, guidelines and workforce. It has not been able to spend any of the $860 million dollars that were pledged for rebuilding Nepal by various international donors. This is a sad story of political greed, inefficiency and misplaced priorities.

What is happening on the ground one year after the April and May 2015 earthquakes? As international media is poised to revisit, Nepal Photo Project (NPP) announces three grants to support local photographers, filmmakers, journalists (including radio) and other storytellers to travel to earthquake-affected areas to document the situation of survivors and produce photos, videos and text that can be shared through social media and other outlets.

Material produced through these grants will be made public through NPP social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and other media networks accessible to NPP. It will also be developed into pop-up exhibitions that will travel around Kathmandu between 25 April – 12 May 2016 which will contribute to a wider citizens movement calling for accountability from the government of Nepal.


Nepal Photo Project was created as a common platform on 26 April 2015 – a day after a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal- to document what was happening on the ground through photos and videos and share critical information pertaining to rescue and relief efforts. Contributors range from photographers to volunteers on the ground to educators and health workers. This resulted in rich layered content; stories that contributed to widening the narrative of how Nepal was responding to the earthquake.


• NPP invites individual photographers, filmmakers, journalists and storytellers to apply for two grants worth Rs. 40,000 (Nepali Rupees Forty Thousand Only) each.
• NPP invites applicants working as a pair (2 people) to jointly apply for a grant worth Rs. 70,000 (Nepali Rupees Seventy Thousand Only).
• Applicants should be Nepali and fluent in Nepali language.
• Grantees will be selected on the basis of their ability to tell nuanced, in-depth stories.
• Grantees will be required to spend a minimum of 5 days in the field and submit a minimum of 15 stories in photos, videos, audio and text. Grantees should work in at least one visual medium (photo or video).
• NPP is looking for photos with descriptive captions, video and/or audio clips (hi res video with iphones is fine) that are 1-5 minutes. Un-edited raw content is also fine.
• Grantees will retain full copyrights to their work. Nepal Photo Project will retain non-exclusive rights to publish and exhibit works online and in print for related projects with full credit information.
• Grants will be disbursed in 2 installments. 80% of the grant will be disbursed as soon as the grant agreement is signed and 20% will be disbursed after the final submission of content.
• Application deadline: 25th March 2016


Grant application deadline 25 March 2016

Selection notification 30 March 2016

Grantees meeting + grant agreement signing 1 April 2016

Fieldwork 2 – 15 April 2016

Final submission 20 April 2015


Applicants must be Nepali and fluent in Nepali to apply. Any photographer, filmmaker, journalist (including radio) or other storyteller with an ability to tell nuanced stories will be considered. Women photographers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applications will be reviewed and juried by the Nepal Photo Project team including Sumit Dayal (Photographer), Tara Bedi (Content Consultant and Producer) and NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati (Photographer/Curator).


To apply, please submit;

1. A portfolio of minimum 15 and maximum 30 images, 2-3 video or audio clips or 1 page text that represents your interest in and ability to tell stories.
2. An updated CV (2 page max)
3. An outline that states where you wish to travel to, why and how you plan to spend the funds provided by the grant (500 words max in English or Nepali).
4. Please put all this into one folder, name the folder your full name, zip it and email it to us at Write Grant Application in the subject of your email.

Application deadline: 25 March 2016


Contact Info

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
c/o John Metz, Treasurer
1586 Rockhurst Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45255-2637

ANHS Kathmandu Research Center
54 Kantishree Marg, Baluwatar
Kathmandu, Nepal.