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Call for applications – NOOR at fotografia europea festival. Deadline: April 28, 2015

As part of the festival Fotografia Europea 2015 in Reggio Emilia, Italy, NOOR offers aspiring photographers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working directly with our visual storytellers.

 Deadline to apply: Tuesday April 28, 2015 (by midnight C.E.T.)

Calendar of activities and events in which participants will personally come into contact with some of the leading figures in contemporary photography:

Three-Day Practical Workshop: From Thursday 14 May until Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host a three-day practical workshop under the guidance ofStanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Sebastian Listeand Andrea Bruce.

One-Day Theoretical Workshop: On Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host a one-day theoretical workshop ‘Rethinking the Photo Project’ under the guidance of Asim Rafiqui.

NOOR Lunch Talks: On Saturday 16 May 2015 NOOR will host ‘NOOR Lunch Talks’ at Ristorante Enoteca Il Pozzo with Nina Berman,Francesco Zizola, Pep Bonet,Alixandra Fazzina & Benedicte Kurzen.

Details and how to apply here.

Repost: Sochi Project and Crowdfunding – Interview

Photographer Tina Remiz recently interviewed her peers Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen – the duo behind The Sochi Project – for IdeasTap. This is a repost of the article, which gives great insight into their work (just in time for the Olympic Games) and into themes such as Crowdfunding, Collaborative work and documentary photography. Enjoy!

Zarevitch Capitanovsky


Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on the Sochi Project

Since 2007, photographer Rob Hornstra and writer-filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen have colllaborated to document Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held. They talk to Tina Remiz about crowdfunding and working across different platforms…

How did The Sochi Project change over the years you worked on it?

Arnold van Bruggen: We originally intended it as an online project with a large publication at the end. When we launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the work, we promised our donors an annual gift and, because we’re real book lovers, we decided to make a publication at the end of each year.

Rob Hornstra: The first annual publication – Sanatorium – was just a booklet, but in 2010 we produced a really comprehensive document about [the territory of] Abkhazia, which was received and reviewed by many as a book on its own. This made people take The Sochi Project more seriously.

Why did you decided to divide the project into smaller stories?

Rob: Early on in the project we realised that it could be divided into three regions, so each one became a separate chapter of the story. This model fits our way of working. We do slow investigative journalism, spending a long time on each story, which allows us to make separate publications for each chapter.


The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery


Why did you decide to crowdfund? 

Arnold: We didn’t want to depend on arts grants or compromise the narrative to sell articles editorially, so crowdfunding seemed like a logical choice. We had a story with a clear deadline that involved the Olympic Games, a centuries-old conflict and the incredibly photogenic region of Abkhazia, so we were sure to have thousands of donors in the first year.

Rob: We believed there was a dedicated crowd, that understands this kind of story can’t be funded by the traditional media and is ready to pay for it directly. Probably we were a bit naïve.

Why did you decide to set up your own crowdfunding system instead of using platforms like Kickstarter and what did you learn from the experience?

Arnold: Back in 2009, crowdfunding wasn’t that popular; Kickstarter was just starting out and run by an invitation-only policy. Even now, the most successful crowdfunding campaigns are for short-term projects with clear goals, like “fund my book” or “pay for my trip”. We had a five-year-long project and would have to ask for around €300,000 at once, with no or little material to show.

Rob: One of the inspirations for our crowdfunding model was the Obama campaign, which was largely funded by very small – around $5 – donations. We set up a three-level donation model for €10, €100 and €1,000 and called them bronze, silver and gold respectively because of the Olympic Games reference. Our goal was to convince 1,000-2,000 people to donate €10 per year in exchange for some behind-the-scene stories – but that was a mistake. The crowdfunding system required a lot of administration, and we never had more than 300 bronze donors at a given time.

The biggest challenge was bridging the gab between people saying that they’d donate and actually doing it. This wasn’t because they didn’t want to fund the work, but because the step of giving €10 was too insignificant for them. On the other hand, silver and gold donors were very loyal to the project and infused it with substantial amounts of money.


The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery


What would you recommend to someone considering crowdfunding?

Rob: Keep it simple, set a clear goal and make your campaign a bit sexy to increase the audience.

Arnold: Know what you’re getting yourself into and be prepared to spend 50% of your time working on the project and 50% administrating the crowdfunding campaign.

Rob: On the bright side, by the time you finish the project, you have a dedicated audience enjoying and willing to promote your work.

The Sochi Project now exists in the form of a book, exhibition and website – what are the differences between each?

Rob: The storyline’s the same, but you get a different experience on each platform. We achieve this by separating the responsibilities: Arnold is in charge of the website, while I manage the exhibition and we bring the Kummer & Herrman design team on board when working on the books.

Arnold: We went through several versions of the website and settled on one that presents a tight edit and strictly linear narrative and allows us to control how you experience the story.

What advice would you give photographers and journalists planning to work on a long-term project?

Arnold: Be ambitious and look for opportunities to collaborate. Make complex stories and care not only about the content, but also its presentation

Rob: Focus on quality. There are too many people trying to do everything at the same time. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve either, just set out to make the best project ever.


The Sochi Project © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery



Images: © Rob Hornstra / Flatland Gallery. From: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013).

Original article

Ian Parry Scholarship. Deadline: Aug. 1, 2013

McClelland´s message:
Dear Friends and colleagues of the Ian Parry Scholarship,

The Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is 1st August 2013. Recent Degree and MA/ MFA graduates may apply. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with us and our new exhibition partners Mother, Save The Children, Sunday Times Magazine and Canon.

The Ian Parry Scholarship is an award for documentary and photojournalism students and freelance photographers of 24 years and under. It will be judged by our Patron Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart, Harriet Logan, Jon Jones and Simon Roberts.

This year we have increased the prize to £3,500 for the winner and £500 to 2 finalists, whose images will also be published in the Sunday Times magazine Spectrum and exhibited in London at MOTHER for two weeks from the end of September.

Please visit http://www.ianparry.org for the application form & latest news from our past winners like Marcus Bleasdale/VII, Jonas Bendkisen/Magnum, Sebastian Liste/Getty Images, Irina Werning and Leonie Hampton.

We are also pleased to announce a new series of free seminars, portfolio reviews and workshops for all finalists in collaboration with MOTHER, led by industry professionals who support the award.

Thank you
Rebecca McClelland

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography Call for Applications for Annual Grant Program. Deadline: May 31, 2012.


The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography is currently seeking to award one outstanding global, social documentary photographer with a grant of  $5,000 USD to be utilized in the production or completion of a social documentary project. The pre-approved project must be produced in the photojournalistic tradition of Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Foundation Founder & President. The winning project must be based on such pressing social issues in developing nations as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution, and much more.


Photographers of all nationalities who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. Submit a one-page proposal and a portfolio sample of your black & white or color (PDF if possible) current work. Only new and continuing projects are eligible to apply. Our Director, Founder, and Board of Trustees will select a winner from all accepted entries.


Only digital file submissions will be considered. Digital files should not exceed 10 MB in size. Please submit a PDF contact sheet of your work consisting of no more than 15 images, alongside a written essay of up to 1000 words stating the purpose of your work, why you should be awarded this grant, and a little about who you are and how you developed a passion for photography. Also include in your statement a line or two about your photographic process, and the inspiration behind your work. It will be your responsibility to insure that your entry has been received. We are not responsible for submissions sent but not received. Final proposals that have been selected must include a description of the social issue to be funded by this grant, a proposed completion date/schedule (projects must be completed within 6 months following receipt of award) and a detailed budget for final approval. Grant funding will be disseminated in installments as the project is completed and submitted for approval. No signature, stamp or any other identifying mark is to be printed anywhere on submitted images.


Submissions must be accompanied by a one-page (only) resumé, headshot, as well as pertinent supporting materials not to exceed a total of 10 pages to: submissions@mrofoundation.org. Images (which contain titles of text) should do so on a separate page or text document (.doc or .pdf) properly numbered, dated and labeled. Submissions, which do not follow these guidelines, will not be considered.

Entries must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2012.

The Manuel RiveraOrtiz Foundation for International Photography retains the right to refuse any entry for any reason without explanation. Winning photographer agrees to grant The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography nonexclusive reproduction rights of his/her images, essay and resume for exclusive promotional, editorial and publicity purposes.


All entries will remain catalogued in our files in perpetuity under your name bearing your copyright.


By submitting you entry you agree to allow your image(s) to be included in an online year-end group exhibition to be held on, or at the first anniversary of this award. There will be only exposure for this exhibition and no monetary compensation. Our editorial staff will select group exhibition photographers from all submitted entries for this award. Selected images will be showcased on our website. Should your image(s) be among those selected, you will be contacted about our decision.


Copyright and all other rights remains with you the author. Any photograph(s) we use will carry the photographer’s credit line. All entrants understand that The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography may use images of the winning project for marketing and promotional purposes of Foundation activities including at media events such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to our award competition. There will be no monetary compensation for such events. Use may include publication on our website, media sponsored publications and promotional materials. By winning or placing in the competition you are agreeing to be included in the winners’ circle on our website.Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work. Submit your best images today.

Entry Deadline: May 31, 2012

For more information on the Grant Program and the activities of the Foundation, check our website: www.mrofoundation.org or contact the Executive Director, Mr. Didier de Faÿs, at d.fays@mrofoundation.org

PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values. Deadline May 1, 2011

For the fourth year running, OjodePez and PhotoEspaña are teaming up to offer their Award for Human Values. All photographers can participant in the contest, regardless of nationality or age. There is no entry fee.
A minimum of 15 or a maximum of 20 images are required. The photographs cannot have been published previously as a series, nor as part of a book, nor have been awarded collectively before. The images should be uploaded concurrently at the time of registration.

“The magazine wants to go further in its defence of the best documentary photography, and to do this it is joining forces with one of the main international photography events.
Participation in the PHE OjodePez Award is open to photographers from all over the world who carry out a work of documentary photography in which human values such as solidarity, ethics, dedication, or justice stand out.
The participants must send in a minimum of 15 or a maximum of 20 images. A prestigious international panel of judges will select the best portfolio, which will receive a 3,000 euros prize. In addition, the winning work could be the object of an exhibition and will be published in the issue that OjodePez devotes each fall to the award.
At the same time, the panel will select of series of finalists – no more than nine –, who will also see their work published in the fall magazine issue.”

Check the website and also the attached PDF with guidelines in Spanish and English.

Deadline is May 1st.


Por cuarto año consecutivo, OjodePez y PHotoEspaña se unen para poner en marcha OjodePez Valores Humanos. Pueden participar en este certamen todos los fotógrafos. Sin restricciones de nacionalidad o de edad. Sin tarifa de inscripción. Se presentarán entre un mínimo de 15 y un máximo de 20 imágenes. Las fotografías no pueden haber sido publicadas en conjunto previamente, ni formar parte de un libro, ni haber sido premiadas colectivamente con anterioridad. Las imágenes deben ser adjuntadas en el momento de realizar la inscripción.

“La revista quiere llegar más allá en su defensa de la mejor fotografía documental, y para ello se alía con una de las principales citas internacionales de la fotografía. En el Premio PHE OjodePez pueden participar autores de todo el mundo que realicen un trabajo de fotografía documental en el que destaquen valores humanos como la solidaridad, la ética, el esfuerzo o la justicia.
Los participantes deben presentar entre un mínimo de 15 y un máximo de 20 imágenes. Un jurado internacional de prestigio seleccionará el mejor porfolio, que recibirá un premio de 3.000 euros. Además, el trabajo ganador podría ser objeto de una exposición y será publicado en el número que OjodePez dedica cada otoño al premio.
Asimismo, el jurado seleccionará un conjunto de finalistas –hasta un máximo de nueve– que también verán sus trabajos publicados en el número de otoño.”

Mira el sitio web o el  PDF adjunto.

Deadline: 1 de Mayo.