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World Press Photo West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship 2019 for Emerging Visual Journalists

The World Press Photo Foundation, in collaboration with The Chocolonely Foundation , is launching the West African Visual Journalism Fellowship (WAVJF). To run in 2020, this program is a one-year fellowship for three emerging visual journalists and storytellers to contribute to investigative journalism in West Africa.

Application Deadline: 15th October 2019.

Eligible Countries: This program is for one fellow from Burkina Faso, Ghana and Ivory Coast, who will choose stories from their communities in West Africa. These stories will be published by the local community.

To be taken at (country): Accra, Ghana

About the Award: The West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship will support three emerging visual and storytellers from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. Fell fell The………………………………..

The objectives of the Program include:

  • Spot the talent: identify three individuals who are emerging visual journalists – from the Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Ivory Coast
  • Unleash their potential: support the fellows in the completion of a long-term investigative project through mentoring and financial support where they will investigate a story of their choice in their communities in West Africa
  • Develop new storytelling perspectives: foster new approaches to visual journalism that go beyond the repetition of problems
  • Show their stories: assist both with connections to local media to enable regional publication, and promote their final projects internationally, online and through exhibitions
  • Expand their network: offer the fellows personal networking opportunities
  • Create impact: enable new visual storytellers who return to their communities, inspire others, and continue to tell the stories that matter to them

Type: Contest

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to emerging visual writers who are a national of Burkina Faso, Ghana, or the Ivory Coast. Candidates can apply themselves or be nominated. Candidates need to demonstrate their ability as a professional image maker and their potential as a visual journalist and storyteller.

Value of Contest: The fellowship will include:

  • A production grant of € 5000 to undertake a journalism project of their choice in their communities in West Africa
  • A grant of € 5000 to help cover their living expenses while they are reporting and producing their story
  • Workshops on location in Ghana with selected local and international professionals to help plan the fellow’s projects and introduce the solutions focus to visual journalism
  • Mentors who will individually guide the development, production, and post-production of the fellows’ project as well as general career advice and coaching

Duration of Program: 1 year

How to Apply: Candidates must complete an application form and include a:

  • CV / resume
  • digital portfolio of visual work

A selection committee will review all submissions and select one applicant by country, taking into consideration gender and other dimensions of diversity.

To apply:  fill in the application form here by 15 October 2019.

Visit Contest Webpage for details

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