Photography can be a powerful tool to inform and inspire. Gina Martin created The Bob and Diane Fund to honor her late parents and support photographers who are telling stories about patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visual storytellers are invited to submit their photo essays through October 23rd, 2022.
Bob & Diane Martin were high school sweethearts who were married for 49 years. In 2006, at the age of 65, Diane was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She passed away 5 years later. Bob, her loyal partner and devoted caregiver, died just 3 months later. Though they left a void in the hearts of their family and the many people whose lives they touched, their true love and dedication to one another continues to inspire. The Fund honors their memory and serves as a tribute to their generosity and compassion for others.
Having worked at National Geographic for 21 years, I know that visual storytelling can change perception, public opinion, and even policy. People living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have lived in the shadows for so long and I know that visual storytelling can help build awareness and understanding. I wanted to bring my two passions together – photography and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. My parents were the most generous people I knew, and this is my gift to them.
We’re looking for projects that need support to complete, publish or exhibit. Your project can address anything related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, including stories about patient’s lives, their care, treatment, the effect on families, or the doctors or scientists striving for a cure.
To learn more about the Bob & Diane Fund Grant and how to apply, please visit their website.