Photo © Margarita Valdiviesso

What does it mean to be a Native Storyteller? 

It is important to note that we do not operate as a traditional agency as we have become a platform of visibility and support for photographers so they can be their own agents.

As a Native photographer you will have the ability to build relationships with a diverse community of international creators. You will have support from the Native team for feedback on projects, pitches, and questions / concerns about the industry.

Native photographers have the opportunity to join an internal, six month Peer Mentorship Program where photographers are paired together based on needs and interests. Each mentee sets individual goals for the program and pairs decide together how often to meet. For each program there is an introductory meeting with all mentees and a conclusion meeting.
 
We expect photographers to be active participants in our community by joining monthly group calls and participating in group discussions, exhibitions, publications, and other projects.


Interested in joining Native?

We welcome applications from photographers interested in joining the Native community once a year.

2022 Application Cycle

  • Applications open January 3rd 
  • Deadline to apply is January 31st
  • Decisions by March 1st

Application Requirements
  • CV and Biography
  • Location
  • Statement of purpose including: short term and long term goals, motivation (Why Native?), and expectations from membership 
  • One (personal) visual project completed
  • One publication in any media 
  • Full working website 
  • All materials must be submitted through Visura as one story submission (private, public, or exclusive) by midnight on the deadline (NYC time) for consideration.

Selected photographers will be expected to sign a contract to join our database for at least one full year. After the first year, there is the option to continue on with the organization or exit with one month notice.

Outside of Application Periods

Outside of our application periods we consider photographers to takeover our Instagram account. For more information on how to be considered, please email nativeinstagram@gmail.com.

Native Agency

Platform highlighting visual storytellers from underrepresented regions -- Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia.
Website via Visura

Native Agency is integrated to:
Visura site builder, a tool to grow your photography business
Visura's network for visual storytellers and journalists
A photography & film archive by Visura
Photography grants, open calls, and contests
A newsfeed for visual storytellers