our mission

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.

Programming began in 2020 with a call for applications for the inaugural Doug Pensinger Sports Photography Grants. 2021 will encompass the second annual Grants cycle and the inaugural DPPF Sports Photography Gathering in Golden, CO.