© Tomas van Houtrvye

© Tomas van Houtrvye

We seek creative genius: photographers whose work demonstrates the highest caliber of artistry; professionals who approach visual and social storytelling with clarity, integrity and purpose and understand the inherent value of employing other creative disciplines—marketing, technology, communications, etc.—to enhance the impact of their stories. 

CatchLight Fellows are selected for their exceptional talent in visual storytelling for social engagement, innovative distribution, creative leadership and collaborative ethos. Each Fellow receives a $30,000 grant and then collaborates with a CatchLight media partner to complete his or her proposed project. 

Our media partners participate in the final jury and provide expertise and distribution structures to their selected fellow. The 2017 media partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, REVEAL from The Center for Investigative Reporting and The Marshall Project.

Each year, new Fellows are chosen and become Fellows for life. The CatchLight Fellowship is intended to activate a vibrant community of creative thought leaders and storytellers whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with each other.  

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 is no issue or methodology that CatchLight prioritizes over another. We are looking for new ways to stimulate audience engagement in important social issues—local or global. 

Fellowship 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

CatchLight is very grateful to its talented panel of judges and trailblazing media partners: