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Spotlight: Open Call for Women and Non-binary Visual Storytellers

Spotlight is a regular Q&A series delivering the voices of storytellers in visual media. Every month, The Daring spotlights a different visual storyteller through an in-depth conversation about their creative process and most moving work. This is an opportunity for women and non-binary photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, animators, and graphic designers to receive an invitation to be part of this series published on The Daring. We’re particularly interested in storytellers making visual content that reflects their communities or topics they have deep personal experience with. Our overall mission is to produce interviews and wisdom that illuminate the nuances of living an expressive life, as told by working artists — including writers, musicians, designers, visual artists, and others.

To participate, sign up for a free Visura profile.
Accepting submissions: October 1 to September 30, 2022

Status: Open

Deadline

September 30, 2022 (11:59pm, EDT)

Time remaining:
-25
Days
6
Hours
52
Minutes
CURRENT TIME: Monday, October 25, 2021 at 17:08:40 EDT

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Costs

Free. Open to all members, including free accounts.

Note on submission fees — Visura encourages users to take full advantage of their membership after submitting for this award. Visura believes in a better model and we seek to create an alternative to the status quo of pay-per-contest. Learn more

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines

• Sign up for a Visura Basic/Free, Standard, Plus, Prime, or Guild membership account to submit for consideration.
• All submissions are made via a “Story” created from your Visura dashboard.
• Set Story to 'private' within the Visura system.
• Each submission must include a candidate bio and portrait, a written reflection as the project text, and 3 work samples made up of photographs and/or videos created in the past 2 years.
• One entry allowed per person.
• There is no entry fee during the application process.
• No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of earning an invitation for publication.
• We’ll be reaching out to the storytellers we’re interested in collaborating with to coordinate.

Eligibility

• Professional photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, animators, and graphic designers worldwide
• Identify as women or non-binary.
• Freelancers and those affiliated with brands and media organizations.
• One visual project in the past year that took more than 2 months to complete.
• Full working website.
• We’re particularly interested in storytellers making visual content that reflects their own communities or topics they have deep personal experience with.

For the bio and portrait

• One (1) portrait. Photograph size: 1600px on the longest dimension, 72dpi, jpeg format.
• A short professional bio written in the third person.

For the written reflection
800-1200 words in the first person, in English, answering the following prompts in Q&A format:

• How did you get into visual storytelling?
• What stories are you telling through visual media?
• Why are these stories valuable for the overall community they represent?
• Describe a formative experience that allowed you to see the world differently.
• How has your craft changed you?
• In your creative process, when are you happiest?
• Describe a time you saw a story you were working on from a new perspective.
• What would you like viewers to take away from your work?

For work samples

• Should be already published work or work that can be spotlighted indefinitely without interfering with future opportunities for the candidate.
• Three (3) photographs and/or videos that best represent the scope and style of the candidate’s work made within the past two years.
• Videos not in English must contain English subtitles.
• Photograph size: 1600px on the longest dimension, 72dpi, jpeg format.
• No watermarks.
• Each photograph and video must be accompanied by a caption describing the date, place, and content.