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26 May 2020

Grant for Female Photographers - How Technology is Improving Women's Lives

Tbilisi Photo Festival, in partnership with Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum, announces the open call for women photographers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The grant is funded by Prince Claus Fund within the Partnership Network Grant program and curated by Justyna Mielnikiewicz / MAPS.

Five women photographers from the above-mentioned countries will be offered an opportunity to benefit from the grant which will support the production of photo stories exploring how technology helps women improve the lives of communities and the countries they live in.  

The grant will be mentored by Rena Effendi, an award-winning documentary photographer whose early work focused on the human cost of crude oil. Ms. Effendi is a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine and has worked for the New Yorker, New York Times, and TIME, among others. Recipient of many international awards, such as the Prince Claus Fund Award for Culture and Development, World Press Photo, Getty Images Editorial Grant and the Overseas Press Club of America awards, her work has been exhibited worldwide at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Istanbul Modern and the 52nd Venice Biennial. Most recently she was a winner of Alexia Foundation Award.

The Deadline for the applications: June 25th, 2020

Duration of the mentorship program: 4 months, from July till October   

The 2020 grant edition is open to female photographers from the 16 above-mention countries and provides them with a production grant of 400 Euro towards the development of long-term personal projects related to their countries.

Each selected photographer will work individually with a mentor in one hour monthly sessions for a period of 4 months. Skype mentoring sessions will cover topics ranging from project writing and planning to image editing. Ongoing discussions throughout the monthly sessions will help photographers develop the project, and seek ways to bring more depth to their final edited work.