presents an open call for your stories, told from home.

An Ode To My Culture by @ahmaneee of Jackson Heights, New York, USA

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We seeded $20,000 to 100 creators for their #dearworld stories over 30 days. – a 501c3 non-profit organization – began awarding $200 microgrants photographers and filmmakers in April. We’ll spotlight the most compelling submissions on our website and Instagram. Keep checking back for the next round!


How do I participate?

For Creators

 Get notified about the next $200 #dearworld microgrant 
(you can also pay it forward to another contributor who inspires you)


Discover your story by joining a storytelling experience via livestream, every Friday.

Just want to create?

Follow the guidelines below. Post your story to your favorite social channel and tag @dearworld, #dearworld


What’s a Dear World Story?

  1. Portrait + Ink on skin message
  2. Taken in your home
  3. Tell your story with a caption in the spirit of a short letter, formatted as:

Dear World,
[your story]
[your message, as displayed in the portrait]
[your bonus content highlighting the personal impact for you in telling this story, supporting snapshots, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, etc.]


Support this initiative by making a donation to or by contributing directly to photographers within their stories is the 501c3 organization born out of Dear World. We tell the stories of our time. Our work has been seen by tens of millions, been published in more than 30 countries, and supported hundreds of people in telling their meaningful stories.

100% of the money raised from will be directly re-granted to photographers in support of continuing this project.