Call for applications: Editing for Narrative Impact

Trainer Magdalena Herrera assists participants of the Reporting Change storytelling workshop. © Co de Kruijf / Hollandse Hoogte

Trainer Magdalena Herrera assists participants of the Reporting Change storytelling workshop. © Co de Kruijf / Hollandse Hoogte

A workshop by World Press Photo in partnership with Photolux Festival.

World Press Photo and Photolux Festival invite advanced students to mid-career photographers to apply for the ‘Editing for Narrative Impact’ workshop. The course will take place during the 2015 Photolux Festival in Lucca, Italy, on 28 and 29 November. The festival runs for three weeks in November and December with the historical center of the Tuscan city filled with exhibitions, workshops, and events celebrating photography.


‘Editing for Narrative Impact’ is set up to strengthen the editing skills of photographers, specifically selecting and sequencing images in a story. The two-day course covers editing photo stories for different types of publication, and also submissions for grants and awards.
The participants are requested to bring a photo story of their own, with a maximum of 60 images, as material for the edits during the workshop.


Magdalena Herrera, director of photography of Geo, France, worked as art director and head of photography for the French National Geographic magazine from 1999 to 2009. She has also taught photojournalism at Sciences Po Journalism in Paris and at several workshops in Europe, Asia and Africa, including the Reporting Change program for World Press Photo.

Rebecca Simons is senior producer and project manager for education at World Press Photo. She coordinates the annual Joop Swart Masterclass and as producer has been responsible for several exhibitions, books, and online productions.


  • Day one: Magdalena Herrera will give an introduction to editing with examples of stories used for different aims. Rebecca Simons will talk about the dos and don’ts of putting together a portfolio. Participants will work in groups and individually editing their stories under the guidance of the trainers.
  • Day two: Presentation of the participants’ final edits to the group with feedback from the trainers. Feedback will also be given to the participants on how to submit, promote and publish their stories. The day will end in a group discussion with key learning points and conclusions.

Who can apply?

The workshop is open for starting to mid-career photographers, including photography students with experience in visual storytelling. The participants are required to have a good level of conversational skills in English.


The participants of the workshop are required to bring a rough photo edit of 60 images of a photo story of their choice. The images should be available as both digital files and in print. The prints will be used for the editing and should be postcard size (+/- 10x15 cm). It’s recommended to bring a laptop.


The course fee is 200 EUR, and includes full access to the Photolux festival, to screenings, exhibitions, and lectures. Please note that the fee does not cover travel or accommodation, but there will be special arrangements available through the festival organization (more information to follow).

For help or further questions, please contact Volkan Duvan at


The number of participants for ‘Editing for Narrative Impact’ is set at 12 and they are selected based on the applications, with emphasis on photographic storytelling and motivation. The deadline for applications is 25 October and the applicants will be notified by e-mail by 29 October whether they have been selected.

Participants will receive an invoice for the fee which needs to be paid no later than 9 November. Cancellations or no-shows will not be refunded after 15 November.

To apply, please send the following to Volkan Duvan at before 25 October 2015:

  • Your full name and contact details;
  • A short motivation letter stating why you want to take part in the workshop;
  • A photo story of max 15 images including captions and a short story description (+/- 300 words).
Posted September 28 2015

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