Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2021

Image from "Get on Board," taken by Ugandan photographer Zahara Abdul during Foundry 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The project has been shortlisted for the International Photography Exhibition 163, held by the Royal Photography Society in the U.K. © Zahara Abdul.

About Foundry

Foundry: Bringing top-tier, free photojournalism education to the world

Now in its thirteenth year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop offers majority world students and those from underrepresented communities in G20 countries who could not otherwise afford it a chance to learn from some of the world’s most well-respected photojournalists and photography professionals. In 2021, Foundry brings participants together to learn visual journalism in an online celebration of our industry across the world. 

Acceptance is based on an application process and portfolio submission. We invite residents of these communities who have more than two years of experience in photojournalism to apply. 

Inspiration. Education. Community.

The Workshop


This year due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, Foundry will be virtual and multi-national. Classes will be offered in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, and Spanish. Instructors will hold a series of three classes in the weeks leading up to the workshop, which will be held online 10-12 December, 2021. During the workshop students will have access to student and faculty presentations, lectures, and portfolio reviews for a few hours each day. 


Deadline to apply: October 20, 2021

November 10 to December 9: Three online sessions comprising of two small group classes (no more than 6 students per class) and a one-on-one meeting with the teacher. 

December 10-12: Foundry Photojournalism Workshop online. All participants, tutors, and guest lecturers will meet over three days to celebrate and learn!

Our teachers

Our teachers are some of the world’s most influential photographers and visual journalists. They offer perspectives gained from long experience working internationally. This year we welcome tutors Ali Arkady, Eric Bouvet, Vanessa Charlot, Michael Robinson Chavez, Manoocher Deghati, Ziyah Gafic, Mary Gelman, Nichole Sobecki, Maggie Steber, Dar Yasin, and Adriana Zehbruskas.

8/11/19 Kigali, Rwanda. Students watch and take notes during opening night presentations at Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. © Roger Anis

Apply to attend Foundry

Anyone with two years or more of experience as a working photojournalist may apply. Applicants from the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries will be prioritized. Clicking the button will take you to Awardforce; please register and then select Foundry 2021 as the category. You may save your application and edit it over several sessions.
DEADLINE: October 20, 2021

VII Academy

The strategy of VII Academy is to promote, teach, and foster high-quality international journalism in the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries. We do this by providing tuition-free education to emerging professionals and students from these communities in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, and entrepreneurship, thereby enabling in the long term a culture whereby the information narrative is democratized. As part of its commitments, it sponsors Foundry and associated activities.


PhotoWings is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. They help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. PhotoWings works across cultures, generations, and disciplines creating content to help develop skills useful in work and life–such as critical thinking, storytelling, self-discovery, ethics, resilience, and communication. Since 2011, PhotoWings has created an archive of past Foundry faculty interviews, Lessons In The Field, evening presentations, and photos to help educate and inspire both in anticipation of and after the week is over. Their extensive online content and PhotoWings Outreach Programs have myriad educational applications and possibilities.

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