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Open Call: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Photographers Interested in Covering Issues Related to the Environment to Participate In Online Mentoring Program
Open Call

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Photographers Interested in Covering Issues Related to the Environment to Participate In Online Mentoring Program

The International Environmental Photography Lab is a six month, online mentoring program presented in partnership between Native Agency, Grün Berlin, Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin (New School for Photography) and Kigali Photo Center.

The lab is for new photographers (defined as coming to the craft within the last three years) based anywhere in the world. The program will begin mid-March and conclude in August. Participants must be fluent in English.

The projects developed during the mentorship will be featured in a travelling exhibition at the end of the year. The 51 selected participants will be grouped into three topics (water, climate change, and urban nature / planning) and attend seven online mentoring sessions with Laura Beltran Villamizar (Native Agency), Esther Horvath (iLCP, Alfred Wegener Institute) and Ben Chislett (Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin). In addition, a series of lectures will be given by a group of international experts from the fields of photography and science.

There is a participant fee of 180 EURO. Those who cannot afford to pay the full fee upfront can choose to pay in two installments. Please state this in your letter of motivation.

There are also a limited number of merit based scholarships for the program. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please also include a 200 - 500 word statement of need with your application.

About Native:

While the journalism and documentary industry struggle with issues of diversity and representation, Native wants to change visual journalism to be representative of diverse talent from across the globe. We elevate the work of image makers from under-represented regions, working in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our work is geared towards informing and nurturing photographers, helping them navigate the documentary industry and building a collective community. For more information please contact Native’s press officer: Laura Bogaerts at

About Grün Berlin
Grün Berlin is a state-owned group of companies that develops, builds, and operates a large number of public open space and infrastructure projects in Europe's greenest metropolis. From the Berlin Wall Memorial to the Kulturforum, from the Park at Gleisdreieck to the IGA 2017, from the tourist information system to the implementation of sustainable mobility concepts like the rapid cycle connections: Grün Berlin designs and makes a difference in the capital and can look back on more than 100 successfully implemented individual projects.

What drives Grün Berlin are the increasing challenges of a growing metropolis with changing life, leisure, and mobility needs. The goal: to increase the quality of life of Berlin’s residents and guests. That’s why Grün Berlin develops the urban spaces of today and tomorrow with interdisciplinary expertise and in a dialogue with members of the public.

About New School for Photography

The New School for Photography sees it as its mission to teach students the discerning image making skills necessary for a successful career in photography, regardless of genre, whether art, portrait, staged, documentary, product or fashion photography. Alongside the teaching of fundamental theoretical, design, and technical principles, the Neue Schule teaches students to find and define their unique photographic voice in a cultural and social context. As the first photo school in Germany, we recently established an environmental photography program.

About Kigali Photo Center:

The Kigali center for Photography is the first and only of its kind in Kigali, Rwanda. Established by Jacques Nkinzingabo, the center aims to explore and promote Rwandan and international photography, supporting emerging Rwandan artists and exploring beyond the medium. The Kigali Center for photography offers free services to local photographers. These include workshops and exhibitions, and residencies for international photographers and scholars to facilitate trainings.
Deadline: March 19, 2021

Status: Closed


March 19, 2021 (11:59 PM, EST)


Submissions are closed.

Brief & Application Procedure

All application materials must be submitted through Visura with all requirements included and labeled in the Submission Statement (Story text). You must create a free account with Visura to apply.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Photographers are expected to send in work to be considered by March 19 before 23:59 EST (New York Time).

Application Requirements:
  • A portfolio or a short edit of your work (with AP style captions in the metadata). 
  • A short biography in English.
  • A link to your website and social media handles.
  • A letter of motivation in English. Please specify which topic you are interested in.
  • Optional: statement of financial need.

IMPORTANT: Applications that don’t comply with the criteria above will not be taken into consideration.

51 selected participants will be announced on Friday March 26, 2021. Participants will be notified through email and will be announced through our social media channels. All applicants will receive a response.