ANNOUNCING The Catchlight Fellowship

© Ksenia Diodorova

© Ksenia Diodorova

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nancy Farese, nancy@catchlight.io

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 28, 2016) - CatchLight announced today the opening of the nomination process for its inaugural $30,000 CatchLight Fellowship.

The CatchLight Fellowship will be awarded annually to each of 3 creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the Fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact.

Community
As a core program of CatchLight, the intention of the CatchLight Fellowship is to activate a vibrant community of creative thought leaders and storytellers, whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with one another. Each year, a new cohort of Fellows will be chosen, and encouraged to attend our November celebration weekend as presenter, mentor and inspiration to each other and the community as a whole. A CatchLight Fellowship is awarded for life.

Partners
In addition, each CatchLight Fellowship is co-sponsored by one of our partners, who will participate on the final jury, and will offer their expertise and distribution structures to the service of their selected fellow. The 2017 partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingThe Center for Investigative Reporting and The Marshall Project.

Criteria
The Fellowship is open to working professionals of any age and from any country who have demonstrated excellence in working with visual storytelling and a commitment to effecting social change. Applicants may work in a broad range of visual formats including photography, video, audio, motion or VR. There are no issues or methodology that CatchLight prioritizes over another; we are looking for new ideas for audience engagement on a social issue – be it local or global – that is important today. The Fellows will have chosen their own themes and issues, and proposed unique and compelling ways of creation and distribution.

Application (criteria here, Submissions opening January 1, 2017)

We seek a breadth of creativity and representation: geography, gender, issue, medium, and tool. The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. Application includes work samples, professional references, a written proposal with the scope of project, and potential ideas for partnerships and distribution avenues that best fit the proposal. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a geographically and professionally diverse jury. There is no fee to apply.

Important Dates
Application Criteria: here
Application Open: January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017, midnight Pacific Time
CatchLight Fellows Announced:  April 3, 2017

About CatchLight
At CatchLight, now more than ever, we believe in the power of art to change the world. We are a photography organization that celebrates and amplifies excellence and innovation in visual storytelling. We engage with a global community of creative thought leaders and change-makers, who are committed to measurable social impact. Born out of PhotoPhilanthropy, CatchLight shares the quest for bold ideas and approaches with some of the most future-forward and well-known organizations we are proud to call our friends, our partners and our community.

Leadership Team
Nancy Farese, CatchLight Executive Director and Founder
Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust
Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Nominating Team
The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. We are honored to have the following group of nominators:

Shahidul Alam, Photojournalist and Writer, Bangladesh
Lacy Austin, Director of Community Programs, International Center of Photography
Carroll Bogert, The Marshall Project
James Estrin, The New York Times LENSBLOG
Cora Fisher, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts
Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
Teru Kuwayama, Instagram
Paul Lowe, Director at the London College of Communication, England
Lekgetho Makola, The Market Photo Workshops, South Africa
Gina Martin, National Geographic
Dan Milnor, Blurb
Mark Murmann, Mother Jones
Amy Pereira, MSNBC.com
Marc Prüst, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Netherlands
Robert Rosenthal, Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting
Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Aidan Sullivan, Getty Images
Jamie Wellford, National Geographic
Yukiko Yamagata, Open Society Foundations
Amy Yenkin, Independent Photo Editor

Where can I learn more? www.catchlight.io or write us at hi@catchlight.io

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