Mentor Program 2019 Open Call

About the Mentor Program

The VII Mentor Program is the first mentor program of its kind and has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008. The program seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging new talents in the industry, and we are particularly interested in engaging with new talent from the majority world and other underrepresented communities. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographer's work for the duration of the Mentor Program.

How to Apply

The open call is now closed.

VII will be accepting applications for the Mentor Program from March 11 through April 15, 2019.

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following through the form below. 

Text requirements

  • A brief explanation of how you would like to see your career develop, what you seek from VII and your expectations of the Mentor Program.
  • A short narrative biography of up to 500 words.
  • Any texts to support or contextualize the images you are submitting, no more than 500 words.

Note: All text should be submitted in English.

Media requirements

Please upload no more than 30 images with the following specifications:

  • JPG
  • 72 DPI
  • Longest axis no greater than 1440 pixels
  • IPTC Caption and Date
  • Please label each image with your initials and the sequence number: example JS-001, JS-002, through JS-050

Note: If you work in multimedia or filmmaking, please also provide no more than three links to your motion work.

VII Mentor Program Selection Criteria

  • Promising and talented emerging photographers in the industry from diverse backgrounds.

  • We place a particular importance in selecting photographers from communities that are underrepresented within the industry.

  • Photographers who are already trained, have some professional experience and are now ready to take the next step with their career.

  • Note that some applicants may be considered too advanced for the program.

  • Note that we will make allowances for advancement/skills for photographers who have had no access to formal education or training.

  • We are looking for photographers that can demonstrate a cohesive personal aesthetic vision and are generating interesting, unexpected and mature story ideas.

  • The portfolio should consist of stories (not single images) and demonstrate the breadth of the applicant's photographic experience.

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Manville, NJ

+1 646-694-8447

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+1 212-253-0399

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