Foundry Photojournalism Workshop
International 2023

Uncle Sabir, who is a farmer in Shira Village, goes to his farms on daily basis. He earns from agriculture. He also collects the fused and unfused bombs. He sells them for a living. He lost a lot during wars. Even though selling bombs is dangerous to his life. He is doing it to plant on his farm. December 3, 2021. Photo by Shamal Kotayi

About Foundry

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

Now in its fifteenth 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 2023, Foundry again brings participants worldwide together to learn visual journalism in an online celebration of our industry with classes taught in ten languages.

Practitioners in the majority world or members of underrepresented communities in G20 countries may apply.

Inspiration. Education. Community.

Image by Samuel Chahoud

The Workshop


This year in order to include photographers from across the globe, Foundry will again be virtual. Classes will be offered in ten languages. Instructors will hold a series of four classes (three group classes and a one-on-one session) in the weeks leading up to the workshop, which will be held online Dec. 8-10, 2023. During the workshop, students will have access to student and faculty presentations, expert lectures, and portfolio reviews with editors from national and international publications.


Deadline to apply: October 23, 2023 at 23:59pm EDT

November 1st: Welcome event with special presentations

November 2nd to December 2nd: Four online sessions comprising three small group classes (no more than eight students per class) and a one-on-one meeting with your teacher. Schedule dependent on Teacher

December 8th-10th: Presentations followed by Q&A, student presentations, awards, portfolio reviews, and social mixers. We’ll learn and then celebrate!

Our teachers

Our teachers are some of the world’s most influential photographers and visual journalists. They offer perspectives gained from long experience working around the world. This year, we welcome tutors Ali Arkady, Michael Robinson Chavez, Manoocher Deghati, Marko Drobnjakovic, Stephen FerryStefano De LuigiKirsten Luce, Smita Sharma, Maggie Steber, and Adriana Zehbrauskas.

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

ONLY Practitioners in the majority world or members of underrepresented communities in G20 countries may apply.

Clicking the button will take you to Awardforce; please register and select Foundry 2023 as the category. You may save your application and edit it over several sessions.

DEADLINE: October 23, 2023 at 23:59 EDT

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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