Open Call: 2020 Photography and Social Justice Fellowship — Magnum Foundation

Open Call: 2020 Photography and Social Justice Fellowship — Magnum Foundation

Deadline: October 15, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $5,000

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellows are photographers who are motivated to deepen their engagement with photography and visual storytelling.

The Photography and Social Justice Program is designed to prepare our fellows to be effective and creative leaders in their communities. Our hope is that our fellows become models and resources for other practitioners, and that they cultivate strength and support through their international colleagues. Through this program, Magnum Foundation trains photographers to use their creative skills to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues.

This program especially aims to support people of color, women, gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ individuals, individuals who are part of racial, ethnic, or religious minority groups, refugees, and others whose authorship is unevenly represented within the field of documentary photography.


  • Documentary photographers, visual artists, and photojournalists
  • Activists who use photography in their change-making practice
  • Scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship
  • Self-taught practitioners and those who have not had previous opportunity to do a formal course of study in photography at the university level are encouraged to apply.
  • Due to the nature of the program, applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English. All instruction, workshop materials, and group discussions will be in English.


Applications are due Oct 15, 2019.
Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected through an open, international call for applications. Those not eligible for the program can recommend someone else by sharing the open call, or contacting us, as we welcome recommendations.

Fellows will be chosen by the Magnum Foundation’s internal selection committee and notified by January 2020.

All finalists for the fellowship will be interviewed via video or voice call.

There are no exceptions to the deadline. We encourage you to get your application in before the official due date to avoid any technical issues that might interfere with a timely submission.



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