Save the date!

A new list of upcoming deadlines of grants and funds we think you should keep an eye on! 

 

© Johis Alarcón / Native

 

Chobi Mela X - International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh
Closes May 5

"The theme of this edition is PLACE. Artists and Curators are invited to submit work of photography/video/sound/installations, and are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their medium. Apart from solo exhibitions, collective/curated works are also encouraged. The festival will feature exhibitions in print and digital form."

 

IPA Awards 2018
Closes April 3

"The Invisible Photographer Asia Awards is an awards program that aims to spotlight and champion excellence in photography art and practice in Asia. The 2018 competition will open for submissions in March 2018 to four Award Categories: Documentary, Art, Photobook and Young Portfolio."

 

The Neuffer Fellowship
Closes March 20

"The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering human rights and social justice. Since 2004, thirteen journalists representing ten countries have been selected."

 

Open Society Foundations - Moving Walls 25: Exhibition and Fellowship
Closes April 20

"The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting submissions for a new joint exhibition and fellowship opportunity focused on the topic of migration. Selected projects will be featured in the next installment of our ongoing Moving Walls exhibition series, opening in September 2018 at the Open Society Foundations—New York. Selected artists will also receive a fellowship of $30,000–$60,000 to support ongoing or future work on the theme of migration." 

 

Photoville
Closes April 20

"PHOTOVILLE is New York City’s FREE premier photo destination. Produced by United Photo Industries, the annual festival is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers. By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community."

 

 

 

 

Miora Rajaonary in La Causette #86

Miora covered this beautiful story for French magazine La Causette on the new dynamics overtaking Johannesburg by photographing a generation aspiring to live by their cultures and identities. 

French reader? Read further!

Text by Patricia Huon & Photographs by Miora Rajaonary 

Save the date!

 

We’ve put together a few deadlines of grants and fund to which we think you should apply!

 
 © Biko Wesa / Native

© Biko Wesa / Native

 

Catchlight Fellowship
Closes January 31

“Proposals must represent the highest quality of art, be socially focused, and present innovative distribution ideas. We welcome a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, health, democracy, climate, and immigration. As always, we invite and encourage a broad diversity in applicants, ideas, and creative mediums.”

 

The Contemporary African Photography prize
Closes February 7
 

“Enter your work that engages with the African continent or its diaspora now and win a series of large scale outdoor exhibitions around the globe.”

 

The Alexia Professional Grant
Closes February 1st

"The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued.”

 

2018 Aperture Portfolio Prize
Closes January 31

“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.”

 

AFF 2018 Open call
Closes February 22

“A primary objective since the inception of the festival has been to promote cultural exchange through images; bringing the world to Africa and taking Africa to the world. In keeping with this, for the fifth edition of AFF we are seeking submissions that offer insight and a unique perspective from photographers around the world. We look forward to your submissions to be able to share with our audience the spectrum of photography as a tool that educates, inspires, and promotes creativity.”

 

The Nikon-Noor Academy
Closes TODAY

“During each of the four-day trainings, 15 participants, together with three NOOR photographers will share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to develop visual stories. The Nikon-NOOR Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment. “

 

Be there or be square!

Last chances to visit these little jewels!

Les Rencontres de Bamako, African Biennale of Photography - Bamako, Mali - until the 31st of January
World Press Photo Exhibition - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - until the 9th of February

 

Plan your next trip!

VOHH FOTO FEST - Chittagong, Bangladesh, 4-10 March 2018

You would like to have your work exhibited during the first photography festival in Chittagong ?
Apply here! Entry is free and open for worldwide.
Deadline: 15 February 2018. Theme: Voice of humanity and hope.

Our favourite photobooks of 2017

As we wrap up the year, we've curated a list of photobooks by non-western and diverse photographers.  There is a plethora of talent here. Let’s dive in:

Women Photograph Mentorship Class 2017-2018!

We're extremely happy to share with you that Native member, Miora Rajaonary, has been selected to take part in the first mentorship program organised by Women Photograph. The program will pair industry leaders with early-career photojournalists over the course of a year.

Join us in wishing Miora all the best with her new mentorship!

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More about Miora: Miora Rajaonary (born in 1984) is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was born and raised in Antananarivo, Madagascar, before studying at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and working in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the Communications departments of several companies and organizations. Her passion for photography led her to undergo a professional Photography training in Johannesburg and embark in a second career as a photographer in 2013. Through her pictures, Miora focuses on social issues and shifting cultures and identities in contemporary Africa. Lately her multimedia project on interracial relationships in South Africa, "I See You With My Heart" gained interest in the country and was one of the five recipients of the "Projets Reseaux" initiative of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. The project subsequently toured as a solo exhibition, in five cities of South Africa during the second half of 2016. In October 2016, Miora was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa 2016, the second in the World Press Photo Foundation’s s series of satellites masterclasses, and the first one in Africa.

The RECLAIM Survey

We need you, yes YOU! 

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© Fabiola Ferrero / Native

 

RECLAIM is an alliance of The Everyday Projects, Native, Majority World, Women Photograph, and Minority Report: five organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry. We are working together to diversify our community of visual storytellers, making sure that the lenses through which we interpret our world are as diverse as the people and places we hope to document. 

This survey seeks to garner insights and experiences of professionals working in a variety of positions within the global photojournalism industry. Any information gathered will be used to understand the current state of photojournalists around the world, with an emphasis on how to improve access to the profession and inclusivity within its ranks.

Click here to make a difference:

bitly.com/reclaimsurvey

 

Contact us

E-mail: hello@reclaimphoto.com
Twitter: @reclaimphoto
Instagram: @reclaimphoto
Facebook: @reclaimphoto

Native Agency Starts Representing African Talent and Welcomes Seven New Visual Storytellers

Native to start working, representing and mentoring African photojournalists and documentary makers from 2017 on.

 Eman Helal / Native Agency

Eman Helal / Native Agency

The up-and-coming agency, conceived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Medellin, Colombia, proudly announces its new roster of young and talented visual storytellers from underrepresented regions of the African continent. 

As a reaction to the industry’s lack of urgency in diversifying newsrooms and coverage of global stories, Native agency is set up to scout, represent and mentor photographers and documentary makers from unexposed areas of the southern hemisphere, as well as connect them to a global audience. 

Now focusing on Africa, a continent with scattered talent and mostly western coverage, Native presents the following visual storytellers as part of its newly expanded portfolio: 

  • Biko Wesa (Kenya)
  • Cynthia Matonhodze  (Zimbabwe)
  • Esther Ruth Mbabazi  (Uganda)
  • Miora Rajaonary  (Madagascar)
  • Eman Helal (Egypt)

Welcoming representation from Peru and Mexico, the agency celebrates Yael Martínez (Mexico) and Musuk Nolte (Peru) as new members from 2017 onwards. This completes the Native family, as the team will now focus on its protégés and on collaborations with NGO’s, media outlets and other businesses. 

Laura Beltrán Villamizar, co-founder and curator reflects: 
“Part of Native’s mission is to support and build a community of local photojournalists around the globe. It proudly celebrates eight female and five male talented documentary makers and photojournalists now in its roster, which will contribute to the agency’s top priority to fight gender-inequality and lack of diversity within this biased industry.”

She continues: 
“Racism, ageism and sexism in the media are closely related to lack of international, interracial and intercultural representation. Also, the lack of well-established publications in Africa, combined with the minimal efforts from those big in the industry to mentor storytellers in Africa, makes finding African talent not only a priority but our duty as players in the media business.” 

Cynthia Matonhodze from Zimbabwe comments on joining Native: 
“I think Native is uniquely placed to not only nurture, but also to connect both male and female local photographers to a global audience. This is important because the world needs to consume a diverse representation of visual voices.” 

She continues: 
“In the past, local photographers, mostly from developing countries that often make global news, were never considered to cover assignments in their native land. But because of budget cuts, there has been a shift in this practice and slowly more and more local photographers are gaining visibility – and therein lies Native’s role. Achieving this will take a continued effort towards supplying the world with emerging voices from underrepresented parts of the globe.”

For interviews or enquiries, please visit: www.nativeagency.org/contact or email us at: laura@nativeagency.org 


For portfolio enquiries contact us at: laura@nativeagency.org  

About Laura Beltrán Villamizar:
Laura is an independent photography editor and curator born in Bogotá, Colombia. Before working as editor and communicator at World Press Photo, she worked as associate photo editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling. Her life mission has always been to curate, promote and support the work of up and coming visual journalists with a clear story to tell. She’s a storyteller, but also a story-doer.

About Federico Ríos Escobar:
Federico is a Colombian documentary photographer focusing on social issues in Latin America. He has over 10 years experience as a photojournalist. His work is regularly featured in international media and publications. In 2012 he published the photo book, "The Path of the Condor," and in 2013 he published the book "Fiestas de San Pacho, Quibdo". He participated in the XXVII Eddie Adams Workshop. New York / 2014. Photography Violence and Society in Latin America. El Salvador / 2012. 
He is a member of the curatorial committee of @everydaymacondo Instagram projects. 

For further enquiries and interviews please send an email to laura@nativeagency.org

Native - New Agency Launched For Visual Storytellers From Africa And Latin America

Native agency has just been officially launched as a documentary photography agency for visual storytellers from the regions of Africa and Latin America. 

Conceived in Medellín (Colombia) by Federico Ríos Escobar and in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) by Laura Beltrán Villamizar, Native agency wants to empower, educate, connect, and support visual journalists from Africa and Latin America.

Lujan Agusti / Native Agency 

 

 

The agency was born from evident lack of representation of non-European/North American photojournalists and documentary makers in the industry. In a recent World Press Photo report, 1556 photographers were surveyed on the state of news photography. The results were proof of the need of a more balanced representation of visual storytellers: nearly 65% of the respondents originated from Europe and North America, and only 15% were women. 

Native Agency proudly presents its first five storytellers: 

  • Federico Ríos Escobar (Colombia)
  • Joâo Castellano (Brazil)
  • Emilia Lloret (Ecuador)
  • Tamara Merino (Chile)
  • Lujan Agusti (Argentina) 


Co-Founder Laura Beltrán Villamizar reflects: 
“Storytellers and mostly female ones outside of Europe and The U.S. are woefully under represented. Mostly, they don't have the means, education or contacts to create a proper personal voice and use it to edit and pitch visual stories successfully. I feel it is my responsibility as a female photo editor from Latin America to be proactive about encouraging diversity.” 

Laura continues: 
“At the core of our mission is a deep commitment to excellence in visual journalism and documentary. We aim to give local photographers a platform and deliver high-quality visual stories.  We seek to empower, educate, connect, and support through collaborations with media organisations, NGOs, and other agencies.”

Storytellers who want to join the agency can apply through the agency’s website: http://www.nativeagency.org/contact/


Storytellers ought to:

  • Be from Latin America or Africa and ought to have already an established voice and body of work.
  • Have proven experience in delivering high-quality pieces.
  • Have substantial knowledge of the subject or region they will be covering.
  • Work on personal stories but with a clear journalistic background. 
  • Face difficulties editing, communicating or marketing their work to a global audience.
  • Stories can be told through video or stills and do not have to be sent in as a last edit. Native is happy to work with storytellers under the guidance of editors. Guidance will also be given on areas such as captioning, submitting stories for grants and making finals edits for different platforms: social media, print, online, and exhibitions. The agency also offers single portfolio reviews for photographers from outside The U.S and Europe. For portfolio enquiries contact us at: laura@nativeagency.org  

About Laura Beltrán Villamizar:
Laura is an independent photography editor and curator born in Bogotá, Colombia. Before working as editor and communicator at World Press Photo, she worked as associate photo editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling. Her life mission has always been to curate, promote and support the work of up and coming visual journalists with a clear story to tell. She’s a storyteller, but also a story-doer.

About Federico Ríos Escobar:
Federico is a Colombian documentary photographer focusing on social issues in Latin America. He has over 10 years experience as a photojournalist. His work is regularly featured in international media and publications. In 2012 he published the photo book, "The Path of the Condor," and in 2013 he published the book "Fiestas de San Pacho, Quibdo". He participated in the XXVII Eddie Adams Workshop. New York / 2014. Photography Violence and Society in Latin America. El Salvador / 2012. 
He is a member of the curatorial committee of @everydaymacondo Instagram projects. 

For further enquiries and interviews please send an email to laura@nativeagency.org