Apply: 2021 Women Photograph Mentorship Program For Career Photojournalist

Women Photograph is pleased to announce that we’re now accepting applications for our 2021 Mentorship Program, which will pair 24 industry leaders (12 photographers and 12 photo editors, curators, and educators) with 24 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. Mentors include editors & photographers from The New York Times, The Guardian, the Associated Press, and Apple, among others.

We are currently seeking applications from women and non-binary photographers with less than five years of professional work experience who might be interested in long-term support. For any questions, please contact

The mentorship program will take place remotely over the course of one year, and requires 3-5 hours of engagement per month. No travel or financial commitment is required to participate. The photographers who stand to benefit most from this program are already at the beginning of a documentary/photojournalistic practice and looking for targeted guidance and mentoring in the early stages of their career.


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Emmeline Yong, Objectifs
Jackie Bates, California Sunday Magazine
Khona Dlamini, Market Photo Workshop
Morrigan McCarthy, The New York Times
Natalia Jimenez, The Washington Post
NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Photo Kathmandu
Pamela Chen, Apple
Sarah Gilbert, The Guardian
Sarah Leen, Visual Thinking Collective
Simone Salvo, Magnum Foundation
Siobhan Riordan, Open Society Foundations
Zahra Rasool, Al Jazeera


Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,000 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and a travel fund to help women and nonbinary photographers access professional development opportunities.

Our mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. We believe that inclusion and equity work must be fully intersectional, and are committed to supporting and highlighting photographers across the spectrum of all identities. We are particularly committed to centering the voices of women and nonbinary photographers of color, and pledge that more than half of our funding and opportunities will go to BIPOC photographers.

If you are a picture editor, creative director, or someone who routinely hires photographers, please reach out to for a complete electronic database of our members, which includes much more detailed information regarding geographical areas of expertise, languages spoken, hostile environment training experience, and contact information.

We believe that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2020

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