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    Application Open: January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017, midnight Pacific Time

    CatchLight Fellows Announced:  April 3, 2017

    At CatchLight, we believe it’s never been more important to use the power of photography to drive measurable social change.

    The inaugural CatchLight Fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded annually to each of 3 creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the Fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact.

    As a core program of CatchLight, the intention of the CatchLight Fellowship is to activate a vibrant community of creative thought leaders and storytellers, whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with one another.  Each year, a new cohort of Fellows will be chosen, and encouraged to attend our November celebration weekend as presenter, mentor and inspiration to each other and the community as a whole. A CatchLight Fellowship is awarded for life.

    In addition, each Catchlight Fellowship is co-sponsored by one of our partners, who will participate on the final jury, and will offer their expertise and distribution structures to the service of their selected fellow. The 2017 partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and The Marshall Project

    The Fellowship is open to working professionals of any age and from any country who have demonstrated excellence in working with visual storytelling and a commitment to effecting social change. Applicants may work in a broad range of visual formats including photography, video, audio, motion or VR. There are no issues or methodology that CatchLight prioritizes over another; we are looking for new ideas for audience engagement on a social issue – be it local or global – that is important today. The Fellows will have chosen their own themes and issues, and proposed unique and compelling ways of creation and distribution.

    We seek a breadth of creativity and representation: geography, gender, issue, medium, and tool. The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. Application includes work samples, professional references, a written proposal with the scope of project, and potential ideas for partnerships and distribution avenues that best fit the proposal. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a geographically and professionally diverse jury. There is no fee to apply.

    Leadership Team
    Nancy Farese, CatchLight Executive Director and Founder
    Stephen Mayes, Executive Director, Tim Hetherington Trust
    Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
    Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

    Nominating Team
    The CatchLight Fellowship pool will be formed by both nomination and open call. We are honored to have the following group of nominators:

    Ed Kashi, Photographer, VII Photo Agency
    Carroll Bogert, The Marshall Project
    Teru Kuwayama, Instagram
    Amy Yenkin, Independent Photo Editor
    Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    Dan Milnor, Blurb
    Mark Murmann, Mother Jones
    Shahidul Alam, Photojournalist and Writer, Bangladesh
    Yukiko Yamagata, Open Society Foundations
    Cora Fisher, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts
    Gina Martin, National Geographic
    Aidan Sullivan, Getty Images
    Amy Pereira,
    James Estrin, The New York Times LENSBLOG
    Paul Lowe, Director at the London College of Communication, England
    Jamie Wellford, National Geographic
    Lacy Austin, Director of Community Programs, International Center of Photography
    Lekgetho Makola, The Market Photo Workshops, South Africa
    Marc Prüst, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Netherlands
    Robert Rosenthal, Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting

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