Emerging Photographer Scholarship


Our First Emerging Photographer Scholarship is awarded to EMILY ROSSER from Academy of Art University.
PABLO JIMENEZ also from Academy of Art University, will receive our second Scholarship.
ALDO COS will receive our third scholarship from Sony (Santa Monica College).
ISABELLA BEJARANO received our fourth scholarship from Sony (Academy of Art University).


We understand the high cost associated with a photographic degree and wish to help. We have created a special initiative for Connect 2012 — Several Festival sponsors have graciously offered to “adopt” an emerging photographer by contributing a $500 rebate to help defray some of the costs for a select group of talented emerging photographers to attend the Palm Springs Photo Festival, April 1 – 6, 2012.

This program is open to current full-time students and recent graduates (within 12 months) of an Undergraduate or Masters program at an accredited institution in the United States. Applicants selected to receive scholarship must register and participate in a Connect 2012 three-day Workshop in order to redeem scholarship check. Scholarship recipients will be recognized and presented with their scholarship check during one of the four Evening Presentations during the Festival.

If you have not already done so, please click here to familiarize yourself with the various Workshops available at Connect 2012 (opens in new window).

In addition, attendees will be able to use the Festival’s PSPF Attendee Facebook Page to communicate directly with possible room share candidates.” Facebook Group, as a tool to facilitate the sharing of hotel expenses with other attendees at the Hyatt Regency Suites (our Attendee Headquarters), Palm Mountain Resort, just across the street from the Hyatt or the Comfort Inn, just under a mile from the festival. For complete hotel and travel information, see Travel / Hotels.

Please complete the following form and submit to be considered by our selection panel for this great opportunity.

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*First Name

*Last Name


*Phone Number

*Name of Accredited Institution where you study / studied photography:

*Are you Currently Enrolled or Recently Graduated?

If Recently Graduated, when did you graduate?

*Please give us a brief description of your work:

If you have a website or link to your work, please enter it here:

*Please upload a Letter of Recommendation, composed by a member of the faculty at the institution you attend / attended. Letter should speak to the quality of your work, commitment to your craft and recommend you for the offered scholarship. Please ensure letter lists author's contact information for follow up. File must be submitted in either .pdf or .doc format and must not exceed 1MB.

*Please upload your digital portfolio consisting of no more than 20 images. Your file must be in PDF format and must not exceed 3MB. Make sure your full name is in the file name along with the word 'portfolio' (ex: Bob_Smith_portfolio.pdf).

*In 500 words or less, please tell us why you should be selected as one of the honored Emerging Photographer Scholarship recipients at Connect 2012. Your proposal must be uploaded in either .pdf or .doc format and not exceed 1MB. Make sure your full name is in the file name along with the word 'proposal' (ex: Bob_Smith_proposal.pdf):

Thank you for applying for the 2012 Palm Springs Photo Festival Emerging Photographer Scholarship!

Please click Submit button below to submit your application to the Scholarship selection committee for consideration. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by early March 2012.

If you should encounter any trouble submitting your scholarship application, please contact us at INFO@PSPF




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