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Introducing Matca Creation Grant 2021

Deadline for submission: 31.10.2021

Announcing recipients: 15.11.2021

Project duration: 12.2021 – 05.2022


This grant is for Vietnamese nationals only. If you want to contribute to promoting the photography scene in Vietnam, please consider sponsoring the next iteration. Drop us an email for further information at

Dear beloved readers,

After 5 years closely involved in the local photography scene, we are thrilled to present the annual Matca Creation Grant. As photography practitioners ourselves, we deeply understand the challenges of pursuing and sustaining an independent career in Vietnam. Our Creation Grant has been established as a way to pay it forward and to be a launching pad for promising talents, offering necessary resources to jointly create things of value. 

The inaugural round in 2021 supports one photographer and one writer to produce a body of work and a series of articles on photography from December 2021 to May 2022. The grant includes: 

  • Two cash prizes of 10,000,000 VND each 
  • Mentorship from the team behind Matca
  • Exhibition/publication opportunities and promotion on all channels.  


The grant is open to all local Vietnamese living in and outside Vietnam, regardless of age, gender, educational background, or professional experience.


Please submit your application, portfolio, and CV via this form before 31.10.2021. Recipients will be notified by 15.11.2021.  

For photographic work

The grant is open to both new or ongoing photographic work of all genres and themes. Photography can be part of a multimedia project. We look for sharp observation and a distinct visual style. 

The recipient is not expected to complete the project in 6 months, however, visible progress must be shown.

For a series of articles

Submit a pitch for a digital or print publication project consisting of 2 to 5 articles on photography connected to Vietnam. Topics can include but are not limited to: 

  • Notable phenomena in past or contemporary practices
  • Photography as a form of visual art
  • A little known piece of local photography history

We look for a personal point of view, strong reporting skills, and the ability to craft well-structured pieces using engaging, accessible language.

Criteria for selection

  • Originality, relevance, and feasibility of proposal (50%)
  • High commitment to the medium evidenced by past works (50%)

Stay hydrated and submit before the deadline. We look forward to seeing new faces! For any questions, please contact