Career Development: Past & Open Calls

Visura offers a diverse program of Scholarships, Grants, Consultations, and Open Calls to our members. In partnership with publications, brands and other leading institutions, Visura empowers content creators with opportunities to further their work, vision, and career.
The 2018 Grant for Visual Storytelling on Climate Change
February 24 to April 1, 2018
Visura and United Photo Industries have joined forces to launch an open call to Visual Artists working in photography, film or any visual form of stories related to Global Climate Change. The work can focus on the following themes: 1) evidence; 2) causes; 3) effects; and, 4) solutions. This is an opportunity for one individual or collective working in photography, film or any visual form to receive over $10,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including a $3000 cash prize, and an invitation to present a Solo Gallery Exhibition to shed a light on this pressing issue facing our planet.
The ZoneFoto Scholarship Open Call for the VII Workshop in Beijing
September 8 to October 22, 2017
An opportunity for two photographers to attend the VII Workshop in Beijing from November 18 to November 21, 2017. Hosted by Zone Foto, this four-day workshop with three VII photographers, Christopher Morris, Ed Kashi, and Sim Chi Yin in mainland China.

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Washington Post Open Call 2017
June 12 to July 18, 2017

Visual stories depicting daily life including, but not limited to, climate change, gun control, the human condition, and culture - from anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested in the visual stories you are photographing where you live.

Deadline extended until July 18, 2017, 11:59pm GMT

The 2017 Cortona on the Move Scholarship
June 21 to July 5, 2017
A scholarship to sponsor the workshop fee for one photographer Visura member to attend the Erotic Eye Workshopa two-day intensive workshop led by Donna Ferrato. The workshop will be held at Sant'Agostino during Cortona on the Move. The Participant will begin to develop his or her own unique erotic eye and learn how to delve into more intimate situations with their subjects.

Visit: The Erotic Eye Workshop
Visura Scholarship for Career Development 2017
April 20 to May 11, 2017

A series of grants to support individual Visura members in furthering their career. Visura announces a $600 scholarship to sponsor the workshop fee for one working journalist, freelancer, photographer or video journalist to attend a two-day intensive workshop with James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog, and Mary Virginia Swanson, Sarah Leen and Whitney Richardson in New York City. The participant will learn to select, sequence and publish visual stories with some of the key leaders of the industry.

Visura Grant for Personal Projects 2017
February 15 to April 6, 2017
Empowers photographers by supporting the production and development of a personal photography project. 
*Deadline extended to April 6*
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Stern Magazine Open Call
February 23 to March 17, 2017
An exclusive paid opportunity to publish your work with stern Magazine—this open call is for photographers from all areas of interest to submit your best stories, reportage pieces or portrait series.
Visit: Stern Magazine
CNN Pitch&Look
January 6 to December 31, 2016
Introducing a unique merit-based open call for an exclusive opportunity to publish your work with CNN. During the month of February, Visura's Editorial Department is selecting 12 unpublished projects per week to present to the CNN Photos team for consideration. Submit directly below.
Visit: CNN Photos
The 2016 CNN Year in Photos Open Call
September 30 to November 1, 2016
Visura is delighted to partner with CNN to announce an open call for an opportunity to send your best single images taken on or after January 1, 2016.

Guild Open Call
February 4 to October 31, 2016
Join Visura's curated collection. GUILD Members have access to software tools, career support and highlighted status on our networking platform. Members also receive design and editorial support as well as consultations, specifically geared towards career choices pertaining to projects, negotiations, proposal writing, and strategy to get your work seen. 
Visit: GUILD for Photographers
Photojournalism Grant 2016
August 11 to September 15, 2016
Empowers photojournalists by supporting their work, mission, and career. Visura awards one winner with a $5000 cash prize. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Lucie Awards in New York City on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Deadline Extended.
Visit: Photojournalism Grant
BuzzFeed Open Call 2016
July 7 to July 25, 2016
A unique merit-based competition to win an exclusive paid opportunity to publish your work with BuzzFeed News. The focus is on visual stories depicting life in Brazil over the past 2 years. Including the challenges the country is still facing and how Brazil has changed since the World Cup.
Visit: BuzzFeed News
The Visura Podcast Open Call for New Books in Photography
April 21 to June 15, 2016
An opportunity for photographers who have new books in photography to be interviewed by GUILD member Lorena Turner, the new podcast host at the New Books Network.

Visit: New Books Network
Visura Multimedia Grant 2016
April 14 to May 27, 2016
A $5000 grant to recognize and provide support to filmmakers, photographers, media producers and documentarians. 
The Visura Instagram Open Call
March 11 to March 31, 2016

A unique merit-based opportunity for Visura photographers worldwide to be featured during Elizabeth Krist’s Visura Instagram Takeover from May 6-15th, 2016.

Visit: Visura's Instagram
2016 MOPLA Open call for Visura Photographers and Videographers
February 11 to March 12, 2016
A unique merit-based opportunity for Visura photographers and videographers worldwide to participate in a projected exhibition curated by Scott Thode as part of Pro'jekt LA during the 2016 Month of Photography in Los Angeles. Through Pro'jekt LA, MOPLA's very own projection series, photography will be projected on walls and outdoor spaces of Los Angeles. The theme is connections.

Visit: MOPLA
Proof Assignment Contest: The Story Behind the Photographs
August 1 to August 31, 2015
Introducing a unique merit based competition to win an exclusive opportunity to publish your work with National Geographic Proof. Winner will be paid a standard rate, per image, for the selected feature.
Visit: National Geographic Proof

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