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VII Internship Program

The VII Photo Internship Program is a four-month part-time commitment of roughly 40 hours per month. The position pays a monthly stipend of 300 euros.

Candidates must be based in Europe — ideally either France, Germany, Italy or the United Kingdom. Work may be done remotely, however candidates local to Rome have the opportunity of working from VII photographer Davide Monteleone’s studio.

Candidates should have or be pursuing a degree in photography or possess comparable photography work experience. The position requires a fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in German, French or Italian would be of great additional benefit.

The workflow is quite varied and encompasses all facets of the agency. It is important to note that it is very office heavy. While the intern will have the opportunity to interact with the the photographers, the position is definitely agency-centric. Being organized, efficient and responsible are necessary to be considered for this.

The intern will assist with prepping images for the archive, which includes captioning and key wording. Additionally, the intern will work on fulfilling research requests, which come from our varied clients. This involves searching through our extensive archive to find images that will satisfy given parameters. The intern may also assist in marketing efforts such as social media campaigns and the compilation of our monthly newsletters.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in English (fluency in German, French or Italian preferred)
  • Understanding of IPTC
  • Familiarity with HTML and WordPress



Day-to-Day Responsibilities

  • Research requests
  • Writing and editing captions and keywords for images
  • Post and share news and events on social media and VII’s website
  • Assist in the creation of the monthly newsletter
  • General office tasks



To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to giana@viiphoto.com with the subject line “VII Internship” by April 15, 2015.

The winners of the Syngenta Photography Award 2015 have been announced. In response to this year’s theme of “Scarcity-Waste” VII’s Stefano De Luigi submitted his work on the drought in Kenya, and received third prize in the Open Competition.

“Scarcity-Waste is the second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award. In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental social, political and environmental issues of our time. In the past 50 years, the world’s demand for natural resources has doubled. If we continue to use resources and generate waste at the current rate, by 2030 we will need the equivalent of two planets. But we only have one. Something needs to change.”

An exhibition of the winners’ work is on view through April 10, 2015 at the Somerset House in London.

Read the full press release here. View the online exhibition here.

The VII Evolution Tour

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Photojournalists from VII Photo Agency, along with technical specialists from AbelCine, present an examination of the evolving business, technology and craft of visual storytelling. This program is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and networking.

CHICAGO
Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18, 2015
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PAST EVENTS

NEW YORK
Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
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LOS ANGELES
Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17, 2015
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Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th

The world’s leading photojournalists from VII Photo have teamed up with the technology specialists from AbelCine to present an immersive, two-day educational program. This program examines the technology, craft and business practices of today’s successful visual storytellers. The event is structured as a combination of seminars, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking. We welcome attendees with all levels of experience and creative interests.

Day 1: Seminars

10:00 AM Keynote Address

A look at the future of photojournalism from a thought leader within the industry.

Tom Kennedy (Executive Director, American Society of Media Photographers)

10:45 AM Evolving Audiences, Changing Markets

This is a period of intense transition in the field of photojournalism and, in particular, how we create, share and ultimately reach clients and audiences. This seminar will explore new ways to effectively work in the whirlwind of change, create interesting projects, find new clients and reach ever broader audiences with photography and visual storytelling. There will be a special emphasis on the uses of social media to be creative and effective in the development of your vision, career and outreach.

VII: Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi

Panelists: Kainaz Amaria (NPR), Ben de la Cruz (NPR)

11:45 AM Lunch Break

A light lunch will be provided for all attendees.

12:45 PM The New Market: Still and Motion

Media outlets traditionally reserved for photography have stretched their borders to include video essays and mixed media presentations, and photographers are often the creators. The New York Times Op-Docs, Red Border Films at Time and short films on the New Yorker are all places where photographers are showcasing their video work. Additionally, for the past several years, documentary films at Sundance or Academy Award nominees have been created by photographers. This is no accident – photographers excel at this visual language. The new market means that photographers are not only shooting in new ways, but that storytelling opportunities that previously excluded us are now open. This panel will use concrete examples of work being created using the same sensibility (and often the same tools) from our photographic training. The panel will also explore the opportunities available in a variety of formats – mixed media, short form video, narrative length film.

VII: Jessica Dimmock, Ed Kashi

Panelist: Julie Winokur (Talking Eyes Media)

1:45 PM Balancing Advocacy, Journalism and Funding

As the support and space for meaningful visual journalism has shrunk in the editorial world, there are now new ways to create stories with impact and purpose in collaboration with advocacy groups and like-minded organizations, whether large institutions or small NGOs. This seminar will provide examples of how you can make a difference and make a living.

VII: Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv

Panelist: Pete DiCampo (Everyday Africa), Nathalie Applewhite (Managing Director, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Getting Your Job Done (Safely) in a Changed World: Security and Awareness

Photojournalists put a human face on crises that too often remain hidden, but the human costs of covering those areas have multiplied as media resources have shifted. This panel of journalists, editors and freelancers will speak about the challenge from all sides to keep journalists safe.

VII: Ron Haviv

Panelist: Delphine Hagland (Reporters Without Borders), Neal Jackson (Founder & Executive Director, Trauma Training for Journalists)

4:00 PM Equipment Evolved: Photographer Toolbag

This seminar will discuss the tools you need to produce hybrid visual works for the new markets and opportunities opening up to photojournalists and documentary storytellers today.

VII: Jessica Dimmock

Panelist: Jeff Lee (AbelCine)

5:00 PM Reception

Day 1: Workshops

Workshop #1: Survival: The Complete Travel Toolkit

Ron Haviv will share tips and tricks on how best to survive and thrive in the before, during, and after of a shoot. Your assignment starts before you leave your house: planning, packing and preparing are key components of success, and even the best plans can go awry. This workshop will discuss how to plan for success and cope with disaster, with suggestions and anecdotes from a seasoned professional and photojournalist. Learn directly from Ron how to identify and avoid the mistakes he has made over his three-decade career.

Instructor: Ron Haviv (VII Co-Founder and Photographer)

Workshop #2: Seeing Like a Photographer, Shooting Like a Videographer

We come from the belief that photographers make great videographers. As still photographers, we are often taught the old adage that “if your picture isn’t good enough, you weren’t close enough”. And because of this, with a small camera in hand, we aim to get as close as possible – close to our subjects, to the emotional feel of a situation, inside of places previously unseen, close to what feels like the truth. When we are introduced to video, while the tools may get heavier, that instinct does not change. But photographers often don’t know how to shoot to make a scene and a narrative. This is something that must be taught, practiced, and observed. This workshop is designed to talk about how to shoot for an editor – how to come back with footage that is visually varied and dynamic, and doesn’t leave holes that are impossible to fill once the situation has left. We will discuss the importance of storyboarding, shooting for coverage, and how to learn to provide the connective tissue that is so essential to video. This workshop applies to short form and long form alike and pairs well with the afternoon workshop, Equipment Options for Today’s Storytellers.

Instructors: Jessica Dimmock (VII Photographer) & Jeff Lee (Training Manager, AbelCine)

Workshop #3: D.C. Uncovered with Ash and Ed

Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi will lead students around D.C. and guide them on how to approach subjects, compose their frames, and find new and unexpected angles. A short editing critique will follow the shooting session, and the best work from each student will appear on the VII Photo Instagram feed.

Ed Kashi (VII Photographer) & Ashley Gilbertson (VII Photographer)

Workshop #4: Equipment Options for Today’s Storytellers

These days the equipment possibilities are endless, and as you transition to shooting video, it is hard to know where to begin. Making video can range from holding your DSLR in front of you to attaching cameras to stabilizing rigs. We will walk you through the equipment available to you and how to find the perfect marriage between the technical application of the gear and the creative vision you are hoping to achieve. We will also discuss the choices that go into sound recording – doing it on your own, using off camera audio recordings, or working with a sound guy (or girl). We will explore various set ups and how they will change how you operate in the field. During this workshop we will explore the individual equipment priorities for participants and help them develop the kit that is best suited for their needs. This workshop pairs well with the morning workshop, Seeing Like a Photographer, Shooting Like a Videographer.

Instructors: Jeff Lee (Training Manager, AbelCine)& Jessica Dimmock (VII Photographer)

 

Note: Canon Professional Services (CPS) members will receive a signed VII photographer’s 8×10 print (valued at $100) at the event. When registering, please be sure to include your CPS member number.

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  • Ziyah Gafic
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  • Maciek Nabrdalik
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
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  • Ruddy Roye
  • Nichole Sobecki
  • Tomas Van Houtryve

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  • Philip Blenkinsop
  • Stefano De Luigi
  • Gary Knight
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  • John Stanmeyer
  • Sara Terry
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  • Leonardo Carrato
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