Applications & Details 

Round Two Applications:
21 Oct – 4 Nov 2021

We’re back with the second round Creation Grants by the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops!

This time, the Creation Grants will be open to all lens-based practitioners in Asia. This initiative is part of our mission to support the visual media community in Asia, and meant to help give a little boost of motivation (and cash).

Our Creation Grants can be used to fund any kind of project involving lens-based work or visual media. It can literally be used for, as the name of the grant implies, creating. It is open to both new and ongoing projects.

Each round will provide four grants of US$500 each. If the project could benefit from having the guidance of a mentor, we will try our best to find the right person to mentor the project.

Sponsor a Round!

Would you and your friends like to support a round (or two) of our Creation Grants and help bring to life creative visual projects across Asia?

We need to raise US$2,000 for each round to provide grants for 4 artists in Asia. If you’re keen, please do reach out and we will find a way to make it happen!

Write to us: jess [@]

Creation Grants // Round 2


Round 2 is open to all lens-based practitioners from and residing in Asia. Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.

Open to any kind of project involving lens-based work and/or visual media. Projects can be new or ongoing/existing. The grant can also be used to complete part of the project.

There is no fixed timeline for the project to be completed. However, the selection committee will assess how feasible it is based on the submitted proposal.

There are no restrictions on how the grant amount can be spent, and it can be used for any purpose as required. However, you should declare other sources of funding you have received or have applied to for the same project.

The Selection Committee for Round 2 of the Creation Grant consists of: Maika Elan, Tammy David and Ben KC Laksana. (Read bios)

As our grant criteria is broad, we hope you understand our selection panel has to assess all proposals on a case-by-case basis.

4th November 2021 (Midnight, Cambodia time +7GMT) 


You will be asked to provide the following information in our application form: 

  • Project Description (Max. 350 Words)
    Writing tip: What is this project about? A well written description helps the reader quickly and clearly understand exactly what you want to do and what the story/project is all about.
  • Motivations for Project (Max. 250 Words)
    Writing tip: This is all about ‘why?’ – Why do you want to do this project? Why is this important to you?
  • About You (Max. 250 words)
    A short biography or resume to introduce yourself to us.
  • Budget Expenditure
    Share with us how you plan to use the money. There are no restrictions on what you spend it on, it will just help us understand how it will help you.
  • Vision for Completion of Project
    Do you have an idea of how the project will be presented? Or how you want to share it with others? (We understand that this may change as you work on the project.)
  • Portfolio or Related Images/Materials (Max. 25 images, Total Max. 25MB)
    Upload images or materials to help us better understand your project or your work in general. This can be your portfolio, images from an ongoing project, or any other information which is relevant.
    You can select up to 25 items with a maximum total upload of 25MB. (Accepted file types: pdf, zip, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, mp3, mpg, avi, mov)

As always, it helps to be clear, focused and concise when you write your proposals. 

Selection Committee (Round 2)

Tammy David is a senior content strategist for Evident Integrated Marketing and PR. With a background in documentary photography and a diploma in photojournalism and multimedia journalism from the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, David’s personal work focuses on internet culture, fandom, identity, body image and perceptions of beauty around the world.

David’s work has been published in Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Monocle, Buzzfeed, and local editions of Esquire and Town and Country. Clients include World Bank, CFA institute, AirBnb, MAC Cosmetics, Save The Children UK, WHO and UNICEF. Her work has been exhibited in Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Jakarta, Seoul, Hamburg, London and Dubai. Tammy is also co-founder of Everyday Philippines.

Ben K. C. Laksana is a Ph.D. student at Victoria University of Wellington. His research interests lie at the intersection of sociology, education, youth and social class. As a Southern scholar and educator, he is heavily influenced by Freirean approaches to education and is passionate and active in challenging dominant and oppressive narratives through education.

He is the co-founder of Arkademy, an organization that focuses on using photography as critical pedagogy by critically engaging the public in social issues through the use of photo images. Ben is a 2015 Angkor Photo Workshops alumni and he is currently based in Bogor, Indonesia.

Maika Elan (aka Nguyen Thanh Hai) is a freelance photographer based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. After studying sociology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Maika started to use the camera and has been taking pictures of her daily and private life since 2008.

In 2010, Maika moved to documentary photography and her first project ‘The Pink Choice’, which focused on personal life of gay couples in Vietnam, has been widely shown and published internationally. The work has received numerous awards, including “Best Photo essay” and “Best single photo” in 2010 at Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, as well as the first place at both World Press Photo 2013 (Contemporary Issues, Stories), and at the Pride Photo Awards 2013.

She was a participant in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass and VII Mentor program from 2014 – 2016. In 2014, she was named in Forbes Vietnam’s first “30 Under 30” list which featured Vietnamese individuals who stood out in their respective industries. In 2017, Maika was one of the six talents in the World Press Photo’s first 6×6 Global Talent Program in Southeast Asia & Oceania.

Sponsor a Round!

Would you and your friends like to support a round (or two) of our Creation Grants and help bring to life creative visual projects across Asia?

We need to raise US$2,000 for each round to provide grants for 4 artists in Asia. If you’re keen, please do reach out and we will find a way to make it happen!

Write to us: jess [@]

Previous Rounds

Round 1 (20 Aug – 2 Sept 2021)
Selection Committee: Katrin Koenning, Anshika Varma, Sean Lee 
Only open to Angkor Photo Workshops alumni 4 Grants of USD$500 disbursed