- Women Photograph is an initiative that works to transform the malecentric makeup of the photojournalism community.
- They are now open to applications for their 2021 mentorship programme.
- The mentorship program will take place remotely over the course of one year, and requires 3-5 hours of engagement a month.
Launched in 2017, Women Photograph looks to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists. So far the initiative has a database with more than a thousand independent documentary photographers based across the world.
To elevate visual artists, Women Photograph offers annual project grants, year-long mentorships, skills building workshops and a travel fund to help practitioners access opportunities that will develop their practices.
Its mission is to transform the gender makeup of the malecentric photojournalism community.
They are now accepting applications for their 2021 mentorship programme. The programme will pair 24 leaders in the photojournalism industry (namely photographers, editors, curators and educators) with 24 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. The mentors include editors and photographers from The New York Times, The Guardian, the Associated Press and Apple.
Photography mentors for the 2021 program are as follows:
- Yagazie Emezi, Nigeria
- Alice Martins, Iraq
- Kiana Hayeri, Afghanistan
- Anastasia Taylor-Lind, UK
- Bethany Mollenkof, USA
- Erika Larsen, USA
- Gisela Vola, Argentina
- Glenna Gordon, USA
- Karla Gachet, USA
- Kiana Hayeri, Afghanistan
- Maye-E Wong, USA
- Melina Mara, USA
- Saumya Khandelwal, India
Publication editor mentors include:
- Emmeline Yong, Objectifs
- Jackie Bates, California Sunday Magazine
- Khona Dlamini, Market Photo Workshop
- Morrigan McCarthy, The New York Times
- Natalia Jimenez, The Washington Post
- NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Photo Kathmandu
- Pamela Chen, Apple
- Sarah Gilbert, The Guardian
- Sarah Leen, Visual Thinking Collective
- Simone Salvo, Magnum Foundation
- Siobhan Riordan, Open Society Foundations
- Zahra Rasool, Al Jazeera
To be eligible, entrants must be women and nonbinary photographers with less than five years of professional work experience who might be interested in long-term support. The photographers who stand to benefit most from this program are already at the beginning of a documentary/photojournalistic practice and looking for targeted guidance and mentoring in the early stages of their career.
The mentorship program will take place remotely over the course of one year, and requires 3-5 hours of engagement a month. No travel or financial commitment are required to participate.
Entrants are welcome to apply until 1 October 2020. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply visit www.womenphotograph.com/mentorship-apply