The profession of photojournalism has changed a lot in the past decade. The seismic shifts from the film world to digital. The proliferation of cameras which are now accessible to all. The ever-present internet in our daily lives. The avenues for sharing images are now almost infinite.
For those new to photography who wish to make it their career, the current climate and myriad of possibilities can seem quite daunting.
As a self-taught photographer, I remember starting out in the industry and not being entirely sure what path was right for me. I was lucky enough to find a mentor in the late Philip Jones Griffiths, during a 1-year internship at Magnum Photos. This experience was one of the most important in my early career and helped shape my direction in photojournalism.
In 2015, I began my new mentorship programme that aimed to help one photographer in the early stages of their career. The mentorship programme is now entering it’s 3rd year and is an opportunity for one photographer/documentary video-maker to receive my guidance over the course of a year. During that time, I meet (virtually, via email or Skype) each month with the mentee and offer thoughts, critiques and guidance on the projects that they are working on, in an effort to help give them assistance through their early work.
This mentorship program is available to photographers/videographers/multimedia journalists who are either studying at University level already, or are just starting out at the beginning of their careers independently (you must be 18 years or older).
To apply, simply send me an email via the About/Contact page with ‘Mentorship 2017’ in the email subject. In your message, please include a brief explanation about the type work you do, issues you are interested in etc. and what you hope to gain from the mentorship. Also, please include a link to a concise gallery (20-30 images), and/or 2-3 videos, of your work.
The deadline for the 2017 mentorship is midnight (GMT) Tuesday 28th February. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application the following week.
2016 – Nathan Siegel -Photographer and Writer whose work focuses on environmental issues, geopolitics and business, with a focus on issues in Africa. — “He is thoughtful, thorough and truly cares about making you a better visual journalist. Cheers for paying it forward, Sean!”
2015 – Coleen Jose – Early career multimedia journalist and documentary photographer, focusing on environmental issues in Asia. — “Thanks for the many conversations, edits and brainstorming sessions around photojournalism and the business. Your honest critique of my work and thoughtful questions continue to encourage.”