Supporting Emerging Sports Photographers

The Doug Pensinger Photography Fund (DPPF) supports emerging sports photographers by creating a community that develops and advances their skill and vision.

Unique in its focus on talented young sports photographers, the DPPF was founded in memory of photojournalist Doug Pensinger. Its programs honor Doug’s legacy of community, connection, and inclusivity. Whether he was covering high-profile competitions–like the Tour de France, the World Series, the Olympics, World Cup Soccer, or the Super Bowl–or more niche events like skateboarding or cyclocross, Doug brought a human touch and his tremendous storytelling skills to the images he captured. Throughout his career Doug worked tirelessly to improve his artistry and craft; he was often a resource to his colleagues and also advised and mentored young photographers. The DPPF was created to continue these efforts on his behalf.

In just a few years, the DPPF has developed a strong and exciting reputation in the world of sports photography. The Advisory Board comprises sports photojournalists and editors who are among the top professionals in the U.S. Their work is featured by Getty Images, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The New York Times, National Geographic, and other major media outlets; and they have been recognized by World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association, the International Olympic Committee, and Pictures of the Year International. They give freely of their time and expertise, and they create an open and collegial environment in which the DPPF’s grant recipients can flourish.

The DPPF’s three main programming areas are Grants for emerging photographers, Mentorships with Advisory Board members, and professional development opportunities delivered via the biannual Sports Photography Gathering and quarterly webinars.

The DPPF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. See our Donate page for more information.