2023 Grant Recipients

July 1, 2023

The DPPF is proud to announce its 2023 group of grant and mentorship recipients!

Michael Chisholm

Michael is a Toronto-based sports photographer who works for the Canadian Premier League, Major
League Baseball, and the National Hockey League.
He graduated from Seneca College in 2020.

Luke Hales

Luke is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication & media at the University of Michigan, where he works at Michigan Photography. Previously, he worked as the summer photography intern for the NFL in Los Angeles. He also received a DPPF mentorship.


Sara Kempner

Sara is a freelance photographer based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Initially a self-taught landscape photographer,
Sara now spends most of her time photographing sports, with a heavy focus on
mountain biking.

Tyler McFarland

Tyler is working as a photographer for Boise State Athletics. He is expected to graduate in 2024. He has experience in both
commercial editorial photography and photojournalism. He also received a DPPF mentorship.

Gabriel Monnet

Gabriel is a Swiss photographer who graduated from the Centre d’enseignement professionnel de Vevey in 2021. He works as a freelance photographer and covers sports for various newspapers, magazines, and agencies, and for private clients.

Julia Nikhinson

Julia is a Maryland-based freelance photojournalist, frequently shooting for Reuters, The Washington Post and others. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she interned with AP, where she covered collegiate and professional sporting events, including the U.S. Open.

Will Palmer

Will is a UK-based freelance photographer and University of York graduate working across multiple sports, specializing in football, cycling and field hockey with assignments both in the UK and abroad. He also received a
DPPF mentorship.