Click! 2021 PIC Grant applications

(Programming Innovations for Click)

The Fourth Annual $2500 PIC Grant for Photography Programming

The Innovations in Photography programming is more vital now than ever. While we all hope that by October we can present the winners at in-person events in the Triangle area during the Click! Festival, we realize that might not be a reality, so we now encourage ideas that could also reach the entire virtual universe. Let’s get creative!

This grant application is open to ANY institution, group, or individual in the United States. Grants will be awarded depending on available funding. A minimum of one grant will be awarded. All applications must be submitted by July 25, 2021. Award will be announced August 15. The project, talk, exhibition, workshop, panel, happening MUST happen in Durham, Orange, or Wake County, NC during the CLICK! Photography Festival in October 2021 or include October and extend beyond. Applications will be juried by the CLICK! Executive Team and all decisions are final. Before final award, reasonable proof that grant awardee can execute their proposal will be required. Half of the monetary award will be granted at time of award, and the remaining half will be granted upon completion of the project. Grant winner is responsible for any taxes on award.

Lumen project by PIC grant winner The Big Camera


The members of the CLICK! Executive Team are busy people. Do their work for them. The better job you do of figuring out the what, who, where, how etc. the better chance you have of receiving the grant. We are looking for innovative programs that are interesting to our audience and that YOU would want to go to or participate in. Innovation is key…new and creative ways to engage with photography and reach new audiences are a major bonus. We can help you realize this idea but you should also anticipate our questions. Be realistic with your budget. “A massive exhibition of my iPhone selfies along I-40” is a reach.

*NOT an actual good idea


Winners will be announced by 8/15/2021.

Submit your proposal here


2020 Click! PIC grant winners

Susan Patrice: The Six Feet project.

Virtual Gallery on our website.  Curator/Artist zoom talk available on our YouTube Channel.

Will Crooks

Six Feet is a collaborative photography project that inspires photographers to create personal and intimate images from within this time of social distancing and confinement. They host thematic photography forums and facilitated practice groups free of charge to all photographers committed to making work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PIC grant will support the Documentary Photography Forum Series and Practice Group and The PIC Grant will culminate in a curated exhibition of work from the Six Feet project at the Durham Arts Council.



Big Camera 

Postcards for the Pandemic Pop-up Show- Plus a pop-up Camera Obscura!
The Fruit

Postcards for the Pandemic

John Allen, Anna Lawrence and Donna Moore of The Big Camera focus on bringing photographic education to settings in which traditional/analog photography may no longer be included in curricula, to marginalized groups and to adults and children who have an interest in optics, science, art history. It makes accessible theories of photography to the broadest possible audience. Due to the pandemic, the Big Camera will now be working with area photo groups and schools to create Lumen Prints as part of the “Postcards for the Pandemic” project. We are pleased to be working with the Karen Youth Art Group, the Chapel Hill Camera Club, the Capital City Camera Club, the Frank Gallery artists, the Cedar Ridge High School Photography program, Through This Lens/Durham Arts Council, the North Carolina School of Science and Math and the Duke University MFA program. Click! will have a on-line exhibit of this work and finished work will be mailed as postcards. A pop-up display of this work during Click! 120 will be at the Fruit from Oct 16-18. (Click! note: due to the pandemic, The Big Camera enclosed trailer that is converted into a camera obscura will not be making appearances at Click, but we will create a pop-up  camera obscura at the Fruit. The Big Camera is supported by A1LabArts.



Will Warasila: Big Backyard a publication and exhibit

Super Graphic Wearhouse.


A group show and publication of images that respond to the ideas of invisibility and during these uncertain times, juxtaposing private and public spaces. Participants Tom Rankin, Chris Sims, Phyllis Dooney, Jeremy M. Lange, Cassandra Klos, Rachel Jessen, Alanna Styer, have been asked to point their camera at the people close to them during the Covid 19 isolation.