The Storyteller’s Cafe NGO, through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, is accepting applications for a photojournalism camp led by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.
The aim of the camp is to bring together young photographers from Armenia and Turkey, joining the two groups through shared passions and hands-on learning of photographic storytelling techniques. Participation in the camp is free.
The overall project will take place in three phases:
1. Photojournalism Camp, Dilijan, Armenia, August 4-12, 2019
2. Working Period, during which each photographer will work from their towns and villages creating images and publishing to the @bridging.stories Instagram account and preparing selected images for the coming exhibition in January 2020
3. Exhibition in Armenia and Turkey to be held in January 2020
The project will be led by the National Geographic Photographer John Stanmeyer, VII Photo Agency member Anush Babajanyan from Armenia, and a prize-winning photographer from Turkey Sabiha Cimen. During the camp in Dilijan the participants will discuss and practice the basic concepts of photography, storytelling, and self-publishing through social media. The camp will concentrate on the creative storytelling power of photography, the ability to build narratives and create concise bodies of work. The images will highlight the similarities and parallels of interests and experiences shared by young people from both countries.
Following the camp this August, the participants will be expected to photograph around their home towns and villages. For this purpose, the participants will use their smartphones (in the absence of such, Storyteller’s Cafe NGO will provide photographers with smartphones). In the months coming after the camp Anush, John and Sabiha will curate online the works of the photographers and by the end of the 4-month period of work and online publishing to @bridging.stories on Instagram, the co-teachers will edit a selection of photos in order to produce a photo exhibit. The exhibition will take place in Armenia and Turkey in January 2020.
Who is eligible
Application is open to storytellers:
· between 18-24 years old
· residing anywhere in Armenia and Turkey
· who love photography and are interested in basic journalism
· have good English language skills
· and are ready to commit to the full length of the project
If you think you fit the criteria, please apply through this link.
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2019. Selected applicants, 10 from each country, will be informed at the beginning of June, 2019.
For questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anush Babajanyan is a member of the prestigious VII Photo Agency and a National Geographic Society Grantee based in Armenia, focusing her work on social narratives related to women, issues of minorities, and conflict aftermaths. In addition to working extensively in the Caucasus, she also continues to photograph in Turkey and Central Asia.
National Geographic Photographer John Stanmeyer has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award in 2000 and Magazine Photographer of the Year, as well as numerous World Press and Pictures of the Year awards.
Sabiha Çimen is an Istanbul-Turkey based self-taught photographer with an emphasis on portraiture, still life and Islamic culture. She is a World Press Photo Foundation, Joop Swart Masterclass 2018 participant. Sabiha is a 3rd prize winner of 2018 PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant. Her master thesis on subaltern studies was printed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.