Stefano De Luigi of Milan and Seamus Murphy of London. De Luigi's project, "Blindness: The Blind Condition Worldwide" examines medical and humanitarian efforts to assist the visually impaired. His work on the project has already taken him to Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Bulgaria, Thailand and elsewhere. Murphy has been working for two years on "After Kennedy: A Look at American Values," crisscrossing America "to look at the unifying role that religion and belief plays in the lives of Americans [and to] evaluate where the country is heading." Finalists for this year's grant were Giorgia Fiorio of Venice, Italy; Ed Kashi of Montclair, NJ; Danny Wilcox Frazier of Iowa City, IA; Andy Levin of New Orleans; Mary Ellen Mark of New York City; Anderson Schneider of Brasilia; and Mikhael Subotzky of Cape Town, South Africa. The jurors for the 2007 grant were David Friend, a member of the Smith fund board and author of Watching The World Change; Wang Yao, photographer and vice president of China News Service in Beijing; and freelance photojournalist Sylvia Plachy. Now in its 28th year, the Grant was funded this year in part by several sponsors: Open Society Institute, Digital Railroad, Getty Images, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and Zuma Press. Until last year, the Grant's sole sponsor had been Nikon. Also being given out this evening is the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism. This year, the $5,000 grant will be presented to Miguel Anaya, Lyric Cabral, Mark Nevers, Danny Peralta, and Bashira Webb. These individuals were all introduced to the study of photography under the umbrella of the Jocelyne Benzakin Fellowship. They have worked closely with teachers at the International Center of Photography and, through mentorships, have been "been invited to in-depth editing sessions with editors at Time and others." The grant will allow them to extend the model they have begun to new members and to serve young people in their New York communities by conducting photography workshops and helping them develop photo essays about their lives. The judges for the Chapnick grant are trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund: photographer Donna Ferrato; Robert Pledge, president of Contact Press Images; Marcel Saba, president of Redux Pictures; photo editor Yukiko Launois; and photographer Helen Marcus, president of the Smith Fund.