Call for applications: Visual Storytelling Photography Workshop in Gaza

© Tanya Habjouqa

Rawiya Collective and the World Press Photo Foundation invite professional photojournalists and documentary photographers in Gaza to participate in the Visual Storytelling Photography Workshop in Gaza from 23-27 May 2016.

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The workshop will develop both their ability to create a visual narrative depicting life in Gaza, and to empower them as young professionals striving to succeed in a competitive job market.

Who can apply?
The workshop is open to professional photojournalists and/or documentary photographers living and working in Gaza. Participants must have basic experience in photojournalism and/or documentary photography in a professional or educational setting. Furthermore, they must have good technical understanding of their camera equipment. Participants must have good Arabic language skills and basic English language skills.

What are you applying for?

  • An opportunity to improve your photojournalistic, storytelling and editing skills by learning from established photographers and fellow workshop participants.
  • A combination of different sessions that will help you strengthen your visual storytelling skills, improve your editing and professional business skills, and help you explore creative and unconventional approached to visual storytelling.
  • An opportunity to have your work showcased on World Press Photo Foundation channels and platforms, helping to reach a large international audience.
  • Before the workshop in May, selected participants will be requested to work on a photo story which will then be worked with during the workshop and possibly published on World Press Photo Foundation channels and platforms after the workshop. While producing the story, online mentoring from the trainers and World Press Photo is possible.
  • The workshop is free for participants and includes food and beverages. Possible lodging and travel costs to and during the workshop are expected to be covered by the participants. The working languages during the workshop are Arabic and English.

How to apply?
Submit your application in Arabic or English by sending the following to rawiya.collective@gmail.com by 4 April:

  • A short motivation letter, explaining why you want to participate in this workshop
  • A recent photo story of max 20 images, including captions and a short story description
  • Your CV
  • A project proposal (max 1 A4) for the photo story you would like to develop before the workshop

At the beginning of April, Rawiya and the World Press Photo Foundation will select the 12 participating photographers. Their names will be announced on 15 April.

About Rawiya Collective
Rawiya is a collective of photographers from the Middle East presenting an insider’s view of a region in flux balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’ brings together the photographic styles of Myriam Abdel Aziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak and Tanya Habjouqa.

Posted March 10 2016

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism and visual storytelling. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and digital storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.