Fujifilm launches GFX challenge grant program with $10,000 up for grabs

Fujifilm GFX challenge 2023
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The Fujifilm GFX Challenge Grant Program is back for 2023, and stands as a beacon of support for innovative minds seeking to bring their visual projects to life. This program bestows five Global Grant Awards and ten Regional Grant Awards, aiming to empower and nurture aspiring photographers and creators.

Its focus lies in fostering the talents of emerging and promising content makers, granting them the invaluable chance to craft meaningful content on subjects close to their hearts. Additionally, participants gain hands-on experience with the advanced Fujifilm GFX equipment.

  • Submission Period: August 14 - October 15, 2023
    Prepare your project proposal and submit it via this entry form. Remember that your submission must include English and be saved as a PDF file.
  • First Round: October 16 - November 3 2023
    Fujifilm will review the submissions and select 15 project proposals from 3 geographical regions, 45 submissions total, that will be evaluated in the second round. By November 08 2023, each selected Regional finalist will be informed via email and the necessary Zoom (or equivalent) interviews will be scheduled.
  • Second Round: November 9 - 23 2023
    Candidates will be asked for an interview with Fujifilm. The interview may be conducted in the language of your choice, if Fujifilm can accommodate. Then 5 finalists from each geographical region, 15 total, will be selected to proceed to the final round.
  • Final Round: November 24 - December 8, 2023
    The Global Grant Award judging team will review each candidate and select the 5 Global Grant Award recipients, with the remaining 10 finalists receiving Regional Grant Awards. The award recipients will be announced in January 2024.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.