REPORTING CHANGE: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS PHOTO STORYTELLING COURSE

World Press Photo invites photojournalists and documentary photographers from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia to apply for the Reporting Change photo storytelling course. The trainings aim to support in their professional development through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. The storytelling course is organized in the framework of ‘Reporting Change: Investigating and documenting transition in the Middle East and North Africa’, which is a joint initiative of World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch.
 
The course: storytelling
Throughout the course, 24 participants will have the opportunity to improve their photojournalistic, storytelling, and editing skills, by learning from established international photographers and photo editors who have been trained for this purpose by World Press Photo.

The trainers are:
·  Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo France
·  Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland
·  Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency
·  Michael Zumstein, France, photographer Agence Vu
 
The course consists of three phases beginning with a five-day face-to-face introduction to storytelling with the aim of producing a story idea and work plan, followed by the production of this photo story while receiving online coaching from the trainers. The course will end with a five-day face-to-face workshop in which the produced stories are discussed and edited.
 
Who can apply?
The training program is open to advanced professional photographers from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, with experience working in the region. For full application details, please visit the application website.
 
Location and dates
The workshops will be organized in Egypt and Tunisia, in cooperation with local partners. Participation is free of costs. All travel and lodging expenses will be covered by World Press Photo.Twenty four selected participants will divided in two groups: the first group will start in April and finish in July, the second group will start in May and finish in August 2013.
 
Application process and deadline
To apply, please visit http://workshop.worldpressphoto.org.
The deadline to register is 21 February 2013. In the first week of March, an international, professional and independent committee will select the 24 participants, based on the quality of work and motivation for participation. To ensure fairness, the selection will take place anonymously.
 
Grant
After the course, the ten most promising participants have the opportunity to produce a story in the region. For this, ten grants of €2,000 each will be available. A selection of the produced stories will be published in a book and an online production.
 
Reporting Change project
The project runs between 2012 and 2014 with the goal to document change and give support to democratic processes in the region that is undergoing change. While each organization will concentrate on their respective fields of expertise, the programs will work toward a joint goal using complementary approaches — journalism training, in the case of World Press Photo, and research and advocacy, in the case of Human Rights Watch — to reach a target audience that includes policymakers, journalists, civil society actors, and the general public. World Press Photo will be training strong, professional, and self-reliant visual journalism communities in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as documenting and showcasing local perspectives of the regional changes.
 
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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