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 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 The World Press Photo Foundation

We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.