EcoPix Grants for consrvation photography. EcoPix Grants for Conservation Photography


Scope and purpose

EcoPix grants help meet the non-equipment costs of small photographic projects which further nature conservation in Australia and its near neighbours, for example Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia. 

The grants aim to develop the skills of young emerging conservation photographers in the region. However, there are no criteria for an applicant’s age or nationality.

Grants are for up to $2000, and are payable to community groups on behalf of individual photographers. This is to promote accountability and encourage conservation photographers to work with community groups, to direct their efforts effectively and gain assignment experience.



The photographer must apply, and demonstrate a working partnership with a community group or not-for-profit non-government organization that is willing to administer the grant. Community groups are not restricted to conservation groups.

An Australian community group receiving the grant must be:

·          an incorporated association or other registered legal entity with its own bank account;

·          registered for goods and services tax (GST), with an Australian Business Number (ABN); and

·          endorsed as a ‘deductible gift recipient’ (a DGR).

Overseas projects normally need sponsorship by either an Australian organisation, a branch of a well-established international organisation or a major national conservation organisation in the country concerned. Smaller grass-roots groups will need to work with an established organisation.



Fulfillment of the grant requires:

·          completion within a suitable time frame nominated by EcoPix;

·          published work or public exhibition; and

·          a report detailing how the money was spent.


Costs that can be covered are:

·          Logistics, travel within the region, basic accommodation;

·          consumable supplies;

·          incidental fees;

·          limited commercial or professional fees as a minority component;

·          processing and photographic printing costs as a minority component;

·          reasonable costs associated with the development of techniques or the fabrication of special purpose equipment or facilities (eg. hides, remote setups etc).


Costs outside the scope of the grants are:

·          offset printing and publishing;

·          travel outside the region;

·          photography for clients who will pay, or photography expressly for commercial stock;

·          wages – applicants and assistants are expected to donate their time;

·          projects using only existing images (negotiable);

·          purchase of general capital equipment (major plant totalling over $100) such as cameras, lenses, computer hardware or imaging software. Some loan equipment may be available to the community group. See the separate section below on applying for loan equipment.



Applications are to be submitted by email to ecopix at auzy dot net dot au by the photographer. There are no closing dates, and applications for small timely projects are considered case by case. The details can be written in a text document and attached to the emailed application.

Applications are judged on:

·          the value of the project to conservation;

·          the strength of the relationship between photographer and sponsoring organisation;

·          the soundness of the project proposal (clarity of purpose, achievability, concise timeline, demonstration of project management skills); and

·          the artistic and technical ability of the photographer, demonstrated by a small portfolio.

The following is a checklist of the minimum information required:

Name of Applicant (photographer)



Phone number, and email address if different to application



Age (optional)



Applicant’s web site or internet page if available



Community Group or NGO sponsoring project. Overseas projects may need sponsorship by an Australian community group.



Group’s ABN or equivalent



Group’s web site



Name of group officer responsible for the project



Position of officer



Phone number and email address



Name of Project



Aim of Project. Describe the reason why the project is important. Describe the result you intend to produce. Take into account the judging criteria stated above.



Description of Project. Include location, subjects, duration and timeline, strategy and techniques, logistical needs, people involved.



Grant amount sought (up to $2000).



Breakdown of expected costs to be met by the grant. You need to justify the expenses and demonstrate cost effectiveness.  Smaller grants are viewed favourably and may be funded more quickly.



Photographic experience. Describe any accomplishments in photography (course studied, project or assignment completed, published work or exhibition.)



Portfolio. Please attach 4 to 6 of your best conservation or nature photography images in low resolution, 1000 pixels across, 100-200kb). They may be watermarked if you wish. A zipped folder of about 1mb may be attached. These are for perusal only.



If video production is part of the project, please indicate your experience, competency, editing capacity (skill and facilities available) and intended audience and media. Also explain the camera supports available to you if close or tele work is involved.



Intellectual property rights

The photographer retains full copyright, although the sponsoring organisation may require joint copyright or at least free use in exchange for its help. EcoPix will not fund a project that requires the photographer to relinquish copyright to the sponsoring organisation.


Equipment loans

Photographers are encouraged to use their own equipment, for a range of good reasons. Bear in mind that a 4 or 5 megapixel compact camera is perfectly adequate for many purposes, as is any 35mm film camera. The loan equipment is older gear capable of fine results if used carefully and competently.

It is only available to community groups administering projects funded by current grants, and is only for use by the funded photographer(s). An officer must be nominated (above) who can be responsible for the secure storage and return of the equipment. The officer will be required to sign the equipment in and out of the office, and issue it only to the grant recipient, who is not to sub-lend it outside the funded project.

Delivery is by insured registered post, and return postage and insurance is to be met by the sender (but can be part of project costs covered by the grant).

If loan equipment is needed, include this checklist while applying for the grant:

Reason. Please describe why you cannot meet your own equipment needs. Include a list of equipment on hand.




Use. Please describe your intended use and technique for the loan equipment.





Indicate if needed


(Canon EF, EF-S; Nikon FX, DX; 4/3 or Micro 4/3). If no particular mount is needed to fit equipment on hand, write ‘any’.

70-300mm slow zoom


Faster lens to 300mm - indicate focal length (may be manual focus).


400mm lens (manual focus only)


Macro equipment (manual focus only)


Standard zoom (indicate format)


SLR camera body (normally 10mp digital or 6mp for smaller use eg. internet publication)


SLR camera body (35mm film)


Camera Trap (5mp digital)


Large flash gun (slave synched, so on-camera flash capable of non-TTL firing is required)


HD video capability


Fluid tripod head (legs not available for posting)


Instruction manual



While feedback on applications is provided where possible, grants and loans are made at the discretion of EcoPix, and unsuccessful applications may be declined without explanation.

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