From left to right, top to bottom: Amrita Chandradas, Angela Ponce, Barry Christianson, Biko Wesa, Christina Rizk, Cynthia Santos Briones, Daouda Corera, Enyata Asadi, Fabiola Ferrero, Girma Berta, Heba Khamis. 

Johis Alarcón, Ley Uwera, Manuel Seoane, Marissa Chen, Miora Rayaonary, Néha Hirve, Thana Faroq, Tom Saater, Victor Zea, Yagazie Emezi, Zied Ben Romdhane. Courtesy of the photographer.

As part of our mission to nurture and amplify the voices of emerging photographers from underrepresented communitiesNative and The Everyday Projects launch their inaugural series of long-term educative mentorships by regional and international professionals in the field of documentary and editorial photography.


The Native and Everyday Projects Mentorship Program offers mentees a cost-free learning opportunity to develop skills that will help them foster a unique visual language and build their career. Our ultimate goal is to help create an industry that more accurately reflects the diversity of the world and the people whose stories we document.

Over the course of the two-year program, from 2018-2020, each mentee will produce a personal project on a shared theme, which for this inaugural series is “Territory.” Mentees will receive feedback on this project and others that they are shooting, and will additionally receive instruction on business practices, promotion, and other topics to help them navigate the media industry.

Our mentors:

The Native and Everyday Projects mentors are award-winning professional photographers and editors from around the world. Our team includes industry experts working and shooting for publications and organizations such as National Geographic, The New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, the Associated Press, and many others. They include recipients of World Press Photo awards, POYi and POYLatam awards, Days Japan International Photojournalism awards, the Getty Instagram grant, Magnum Foundation grants, Pulitzer Center grants, and numerous other awards, as well as members and co-founders of NOOR and VII.

They are: 

Adriana Zehbrauskas, Alice Gabriner, Allison Shelley, Andrew Esiebo, Andrew Katz, Brent Lewis, Donald Weber, Edward Echwalu, James Estrin, Jennifer Samuel, John Stanmeyer, Michael Robinson Chavez, Nick Kirkpatrick, Olivier Laurent, Oscar B. Castillo, Peter DiCampo, Ricci Shryock, Shahidul Alam, Shaminder Dulai, Stephen Mayes, Tanya Habjouqa, and Walter Astrada. 

The inaugural class of The Native and Everyday Projects are emerging photographers from 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Our mentees are: 

Johis Alarcón (Ecuador)
Enayat Asadi (Iran)
Cynthia Santos Barrios (Puerto Rico)
Girma Berta (Ethiopia)
Amrita Chandradas (Singapore)
Marissa Chen (Singapore)
Barry Christianson (South Africa)
Daouda Corera (Mauritania)
Victor Zea Diaz (Peru)
Yagazie Emezi (Nigeria)
Thana Faroq (Yemen)
Fabiola Ferrero (Venezuela)
Néha Hirve (India)
Heba Khamis (Egypt)
Angela Ponce (Peru)
Miora Rajaonary (Madagascar)
Christina Rizk (Egypt)
Zied Ben Romdhane (Tunisia)
Tom Saater (Nigeria)
Manuel Seoane (Bolivia)
Ley Uwera (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 
Biko Wesa (Kenya)

For any questions about The Native and Everyday Projects Mentorship program, please reach out to

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