News and Announcements

18 March, 2019

Since the shortfall in funding continues, all grants are currently closed.

14 October, 2017

Due to a serious shortfall in funding, the Luminous Endowment is forced to cancel the current awards for the Michael Reichmann grant, the Luminous Landscape grant and the LensWork Publication Skills grant.

Current submissions will be kept on file and will be entered automatically into the next grant period for the grant to which submitted. We do not have a timetable for the re-opening of those grants, but will make an announcement on this website when we do.
We deeply regret this situation and are working to achieve new funding for the Grants.

1 October, 2017

The second 2017 Grant period for all Luminous Endowment Grants is now closed. Judging will take place during October and the winners announced by mid-November 2017.

11 July, 2017

The second 2017 Grant period for most Luminous Endowment Grants will open August 1st and close September 30th. The Antarctica XXI Grant is currently open.

15 April, 2017

We are delighted and proud to announce the winners of the various Grants of the Luminous Endowment for the first period of 2017. Congratulations to all!

28 March, 2017

The most recent Grant period closed on February 28, 2017. Over two hundred grant applications were received, 170 were accepted for review. Submissions are currently being judged and winners will be announced here & on the Luminous Landscape website in mid April & May. 

21 October, 2016

As an adjunct to PhotoPlus Expo, Michael's life, work and the Endowment will be celebrated at a small event at the TRYP Hotel, 345 W 35th St in New York City between 5 & 7pm. All are welcome

1 October, 2016

The Luminous Endowment  re-opens most Grants for submissions.

8  August, 2016

The Luminous Endowment Winners Announced! Congratulations!

he winners of the second tier of Grants for 2016 have been announced. The Grant recipients have been notified by email and will be contacted by us within the next few days.

25 July, 2016

The Jury has now concluded voting on Submissions. The submissions that remain visible within each Grant are those for which at least one Jury member voted. If your work remains in contention for a Grant, congratulations are due! To those whose submissions did not make this penultimate cut, our thanks and please try again next time.

The Luminous Endowment acknowledges the very generous financial support of Mark & Kathy Lindquist. They have made a substantial donation to the Endowment “In appreciation of Michael Reichmann, for all he has done to enrich the lives of photographers everywhere.”

1 July, 2016

The latest Endowment Grant period closed for submissions last night. We have received a large number of applications which will take some time to review. The judging panel will start their work on the selected submissions within 10 days and the Winners will be announced here and on The Luminous Landscape Web site during August, 2016.

15 June, 2016

At a Board Meeting today, Nick Devlin was voted unanimously to Chair the Board of the Luminous Endowment.
David Vaskevitch steps aside as Chair but remains a Board member and Chair Emeritus. Other Board members remain as before.

19 May, 2016

With great sadness, we must announce that Michael Reichmann, The Luminous Endowment Founder, passed away yesterday in Toronto.

6 April, 2016

The Endowment is pleased to announce that the winners of The 2016 Art Wolfe Next-Generation Photographers Grant have been selected and announced. The winners are...

Dan Mele
Andrew Snyder
Joe Sulik
Todd Amacker
Jennifer Adler
Grant Ordelheide
Gabby Salazar
Benjamin Olson

Their application submissions can be found here.

This was a challenging selection as the judges took into consideration not only the quality of their photographs, but the effort put into their submission and their stories.  This was a very earnest group of applicants.

1 February, 2016

New Grants Now Available

As of Feb 1, 2016 there are now ten grant opportunities available for the period that ends June 30, 2016. (The Antarctica XXI grant is only available once annually, has just been awarded, and is thus not currently available).

The Greater China Grant has been both renamed, and is now open to anyone, from anywhere in the world. It was previously only available to persons living in Greater China.

A very exciting new grant has just been made available. It is The 2016 Art Wolfe Next-Generation Photographers Grant. This grant will provide a week-long workshop experience with Art Wolfe for seven photographers in Katmai, Alaska this coming summer 2016.

Another major new grant available for the first time is The Southern Exposure Grant. Sponsored by a major charitable foundation this grant’s purpose is to fund photographic projects whose focus is the people, culture and landscape of the American Southeast.

January 30, 2016

Michael Reichmann, the Board of Directors, and the panel of judges of the Luminous Endowment are pleased to announce the winners of grants from the period ending 31 December, 2015.

LensWork Publication Skills Grant

Acquiring Japanese Bookbinding Skills
Stephen Cairns of Gifu, Japan
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $2,500

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The Luminous Landscape Grant

New Mexico Adobe Church Project Proposal
John A. Benigno - Pennsylvania, USA
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $5,000

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The M. Reichmann Grant

American Landscape: Where Water Meets Shore
Jan Bell – Ohio, USA
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $5,000

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The Explore Armenia Grant

Project Pressure - Mount Aragats and Lake Sevan
Toby Smith - London, United Kingdom
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $3,000

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 The Mylio Grant: Memories and Stories

"Elsa Johanna"
Laura J. Bennett - CA, USA
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $2,500

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DxO One Grant

Becoming Italian
Trenton Moore - Washington, DC, USA
The grant is a cash award in the amount of $2,500
and also a DxO One camera and software

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Antarctica XXI

Antarctica - Every Shade of Blue
Michael Quinn - CO, United States
The grant includes a photographic expedition to Antarctica
to take place in late 2016 / early 2017, including airfare from the recipients location
to Santiago, Chile, where the voyage begins.

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Please note that for this period there were no grants awarded for either
The Greater China Grant or The Emerging Young Photographer Grant.
The jury and Board did not find any of the submissions suitable.

January 1, 2016

Applications for grants during the second half of 2016 are now closed. The judges and Board will review applications received and will announce winners in each category before the end of January.

The next round of grants will become open for new applicants in mid-January.

October 1, 2015


- all donations made to The Endowment since its inception on June 25, 2014, now eligible for US tax deduction -

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. & TORONTO, ON. October 1, 2015 – The Luminous Endowment for Photographers (“The Endowment”) is pleased to announce that the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has approved The Endowment’s application for status as a tax-exempt Public Charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This status is retroactive to the founding of The Endowment on June 25, 2014 and tax receipts will be issued for past donations in due course. 

“Being recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity greatly enhances our ability to help current and future photographers capture, create and preserve works of lasting beauty and significance”, stated Michael Reichmann, the founder and President of the Endowment.  “By helping photographic artists, archivists and educators realize a wide variety of meaningful projects, The Endowment continues to advance, educate and expose people around the world to the Art and Craft of Photography.”

In addition to the ability of donors to claim a tax deduction for amounts they contribute to the Endowment, being recognized by the IRS as a Public Charity allows the Endowment to apply for a wide range of State, Federal and private grants and programs that can further advance The Endowment’s mission.  

The letter issued by the IRS confirming The Endowment’s 501(c)(3) status is available upon request. The Endowment’s EIN is 47-1212646 and you are invited to visit to learn more about The Endowment or to make a donation. 

About the Luminous Endowment for Photographers

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana and operating worldwide, The Endowment is a tax exempt, Public Charity operating pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.  The Endowment’s mission is to advance the Art and Craft of Photography by providing grants to support merit-based, non-commercial photographic endeavors.  Grants are awarded to fund projects with a diverse – and growing – array of subjects, historical or archival goals and geographical focus.  After being vetted to ensure compliance with The Endowment’s technical requirements, all eligible submissions are judged by The Endowment's Grant Selection Jury (the “Jury”).  The Jury is comprised of some of the world's leading photographers and photographic educators including John Paul Caponigro, Joe Cornish, Eric Meola, Peter Cox, Mikkel Aaland, Ctein, Katrin Eismann, Alain Briot, Tim Wolcott, Sean Reid, William Neill, Andy Biggs, Nick Rains and Ken Duncan

For more information, please contact: 

Christopher Sanderson, Director
[email protected] 

July 7, 2015

Missing application images from a couple of recent winners have now been restored.

July 1, 2015

Michael Reichmann, together with the Board of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers are pleased to announce The Endowment’s latest grant awards.

The Emerging Young Photographer Grant – Jeri Gravlin – UT, USA
Grant amount $5,000

The Mylio Grant: Memories and Stories – Jennifer Meyers – Utah, USA
Grant amount $2,500

The Luminous Landscape Grant – Victoria Piersig – ON, Canada
Grant amount $5,000

The M. Reichmann Grant – Theo Stroomer – Colorado, USA
Grant amount $5,000

LensWork Publication Skills Grant – David Ricci – MA, USA.
Grant amount $2,500

The Nicholas Kitto Grant – Alanna Yee – Shanghai, China.
Grant amount $5,000

Antarctica XXI Grant – Vincent Woolley – NY, USA
Grant is for a berth on an Antarctic expedition, including airfare from recipients home to Chile.

A new grant period, running for six months, began July 1, 2015. In addition to the seven existing grants two new ones have been announced – The Explore Armenia Grant and the DxO One Grant.

June 2, 2015

The most recent grant period has now ended, and the judges are considering the 120 applications received. 

A Board meeting with be held before the end of June and winners in each grant category will be announced.

A new grant session will begin some time in July.

December 12, 2014

We have just added a new grant, the Antarctica XXI Grant which will provide an opportunity for a creative photographer to define a project that explores "Antarctic Light and Colour".

December 2, 2014

The winners of our first round of grants have been announced today. They are...

The M. Reichmann Grant
"Bright Moments"
Dennis Hearne - California, United States


The Luminous Landscape Grant
The Southern Ancient Guardians
Vincenzo Mazza - Rome, Italy


The Mylio Grant: Memories and Stories
Costică Acsinte Archive
Popescu Mario-Cezar - Ialomita, România


LensWork Publication Skills Grant
Montes Niviferi
Jacek £uc - Lower Silesia, Poland


The Nicholas Kitto Grant
Yunnan Orphans, documenting the dreams of a new generation.
sean de sparengo - new territory , hk


November 21, 2014

The Board of The Luminous Endowment has now tallied the votes of our panel of judges and has selected the winners of our first round of grants. The recipients of each grant have already been informed by e-mail, and a press release will be issued shortly.

A new round of grants will commence in early December.

Thank you all for your participation.

The November 1, 2014

Our first grant period has just come to a close. Here are links to the applications received; a total of one hundred and thirty two for five different grants. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.

80 Luminous Landscape Grant applications

41 M. Reichmann Grant applications

5 Mylo Grant applications

4 Lenswork Grant applications

2 N. Kitto Grant Applications

The number of applications is very satisfying. I wish that we had more grants and more money to give, But I must say that I am disappointed in the donor support receive thus far. The Luminous Endowment for Photographers will only thrive if it is support by photographers like you.

Please consider making a donation and receiving a beautiful 400 page book by Michael Reichmann as your reward for giving. These books will make fantastic Christmas presents!!

The winners of these grants will be announced before the end of November, and a new grant period will commence on December 1.


October 3, 2014

Thomas Knoll, the co-author of Adobe Photoshop and the designer of Adobe's Camera Raw, is auctioning six large framed prints of his work, with proceeds going to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Tom will be speaking at Adobe MAX this year about his photography and how he uses Photoshop and Lightroom to process his own photographs.

As part of his talk, Tom will showing raw capture / intermediate / final stages for a number of his photos.  For six of these photos he has made large prints which will be displayed at the conference and then auctioned off, with the profits donated to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Thomas is also using an on-line auction site to make the bidding available to people outside the conference – including you!

You too can own one of these prints, and at the same time help support this important charity, which in turn supports photographers world-wide to persue their photographic projects.

September 8, 2014

During The Endowment's first month of operation we frustrated some people outside the U.S. and Canada because our credit card processing company would not accept international orders.

Now, we have added Paypal. This means that anyone in the world can make a donation and receive a copy of Michael's new 400 page book titled Michael Reichmann – A Twenty Year Retrospective as a gift in exchange for your generous donation to other photographers.

August 25, 2014

We are pleased to announce a major new feature that links together The Luminous Landscape and The Luminous Endowment web site. It is called Michael's Phlog. Michaels Phlog will regularly feature a new image or two taken by Michael, and then analysed by Michael, with discussions about the locations and situation as well as shooting technique used, and post processing.

We have also set up a new Forum for discussion of each image featured on Michael Phlog.

The Phlog is located here on The Luminous Endowment web site because we want to draw people's attention to this new not-for-profit

Why is it called a "Phlog"? Well, though a strange word, it simply means a Photographic Blog. By the way, what does the "B" in "Blog" stand for?

August 19, 2014

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new grant, this one sponsored by Nicholas Kitto of Hong Kong. You can find out more about it here.

August 16, 2014

Current applications for the M. Reichmann Grant can be found here, and for the Luminous Landscape Grant here.

August 4, 2014

Donations to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers are going remarkably well. But, our credit card processing company is stumbling over some non-US credit cards.

We are going to be switching vendors, but it will take a week or so. If you've tried to make a donation, and had your card rejected, please come back in a week or so.

I'll announce here when the new system is live. In the meantime, give it a try. Most people are successful.

August 2, 2014

More Grant Applications

On our second day we have additional new grant applications

August 1, 2014

Two New Grant applications

Our first day has seen not only a very strong response from donors but also two new grant applications


August 1, 2014

The Endowment is Launched

The following is the text of a press release issued today....


Endowment Will Offer Grants to Support Photography Projects Worldwide

 INDIANAPOLIS, August 1, 2014 -- Michael Reichmann, founder of The Luminous Landscape, Inc., the world's largest web site devoted to the fine art and craft of photography, today formally announced The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. Its mission is to support photography projects worldwide through merit-based grants.

“In creating the Luminous Endowment, I was inspired by a ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy,” said Michael Reichmann. “While we may not be able to repay those who’ve helped us to achieve personal and professional success, we can find a way to share our good fortune with those who need help both now and in the future.”

The Endowment, a USA-based not-for-profit charitable organization, will provide a variety of specific grants to support non-commercial photographic projects such as: fine art landscape photography; documentary photography; publishing photographic work; travel related to a photographic project; and others. Also there are plans to publish an annual book of grantees’ work, plus possible traveling exhibitions of that work. Applications for a limited number of grants are now open for submission via the Endowment web site at

A panel of judges, including some of the world’s leading photographers and educators, will review all project proposals. The panel includes John Paul  Caponigro, Joe Cornish, Eric Meola, Peter Cox, Mikkel Aaland, Ctein, Katrin Eismann, Alain Briot, Tim Wolcott, Sean Reid, William Neill, Andy Biggs, Nick Rains and Ken Duncan. 

The Luminous Endowment for Photographers’ Board of Directors comprises respected individuals with backgrounds in business, law, and academia, including Michael Reichmann, David Vaskevitch, Brooks Jensen, Dr. Arye Carmon, Nick Devlin, Kevin Raber, Chris Sanderson and Jonathan Wolch. Their responsibilities include guidance to assure that the Endowment adheres to its philanthropic goals as well as fiduciary oversight.

Donations to the Endowment are a way to “pay it forward.” Plans are now underway to raise one million dollars in the first year. Michael is donating to the Endowment all proceeds from his new limited edition book, Michael Reichmann – a 20-Year Photography Retrospective. This masterful collaboration between Michael and Arturo Chapa, one of the world’s top book designers, has produced a 400-page large-format book that is available only through donations to The Luminous Endowment. 

All contributions can be made via the Endowment’s web site In addition, individuals and corporations who donate $35,000 or more may create “named” grants which will be administered by the Endowment.

About the Luminous Endowment for Photographers

The Luminous Endowment for Photographers has been created as a 501(c)(3) USA-based not-for-profit charitable organization. It was established in 2014 by Michael Reichmann, the founder of The Luminous Landscape, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest web site devoted to the fine art and craft of photography. The Endowment’s mission is to provide financial support through outright financial grants to photographers for merit-based projects. The Endowment is guided by a ‘Pay it Forward’ philosophy; namely, that while we may not be able to repay those who’ve helped us to achieve personal and professional success, we can find a way to share our good fortune with those who need help both now and in the future.

For more information, please contact: 

Christopher Sanderson

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Kathy Madison