Mentor Program 2020/'21 Open Call

This program is to promote, teach and foster high-quality local and international journalism by upskilling emerging professionals and students on scholarship from the majority world and underrepresented communities/countries in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business and entrepreneurship.

About the Program

The VXP Mentor Program is the first program of its kind and has developed some of the brightest new talents in the profession since it began in 2017.

The program seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members identify and select as emerging new talents in the industry. We are particularly interested in engaging with new talent from the majority world and other underrepresented communities.

VXP Photo Agency will distribute the photographer’s work for the duration of the Program.

How to Apply

The open call is now open.

VXP will be accepting applications for the Tutorship Program from Sept 30 through November 25, 2020. If you are interested in applying, please submit the following information using the form below.

Text requirements

  • A brief explanation of how you would like to see your career develop, what you seek from VXP, and your expectations of the Mentorship 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.

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered to attend this program should click on the button below.

You must first register on our students’ registrar, then create an entry for this program by choosing the name of this program.

  • Promising and talented emerging photographers in the industry from diverse backgrounds.
  • Please note that VXP places particular importance on 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 (no single images) and demonstrate the breadth of the applicant’s photographic experience.

Media requirements

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

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

From £250 per month, per person

11 Months

The program starts every September DD, YYYY until August DD, YYYY and it will cost £750 per month per person. You have the option to pay monthly or the whole eleven months program, in which case you will benefit from a 10% discount.

You will receive 3 weeks of 10 contact hours. 2 hours per week, 4 hours one-to-one with a one-hour phone call or online brief consultation/feedback.

From April YYYY, you will then be passed over to our supervisory program, where one of VXP Senior members will oversee your workflow and walk you through your career goals.

The April to August program is optional and it will cost you an additional fee of £235 per month Terms and Conditions apply.

This is an open call for a limited number of 20 students only, who will be strictly subject to our criteria selection.