Magnum Foundation > Open Call for Photography and Social Justice Fellowship (Online / Remote)

Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Programme builds capacity through critical explorations of photography and social change.

Each year, the programme supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. The programme provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse for developing new approaches to socially engaged documentary practice. With intensive mentorship, artist- and expert-led workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and production funds, this programme prepares fellows to make effective creative projects and become leaders who inspire social movements, pose difficult questions, and stimulate debate and awareness about pressing social issues.

Magnum Foundation covers the cost of participation, including all educational and programmatic activities. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects. The program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.


  • Applicants can be documentary photographers, artists, and photojournalists, activists who use photography in their change-making practice, or scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship.

  • Magnum Foundation encourage applications from self-taught photographers who have not had access to formal training.

  • Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English. English is the primary shared language that will be used for discussion among participants during seminars, workshops, and mentor sessions.

  • Applicants should be open minded, willing to experiment, and motivated to participate in critical discussion with colleagues.

The Photography and Social Justice Programme takes place during May through October 2021 and includes a core seminar course, workshops, mentored project development, and mentored production. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 program will be held remotely and meetings will occur with consideration for participants' timezones.

Deadline: 1 December 2020

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