Tierney Bamako Award at the Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation and the 2015 Bamako Encounters (Rencontres de Bamako) is pleased to announce the Tierney-Bamako-Award.

The prestigious award offers the winner a chance to produce a new body of work with the support of an established mentor and infrastructure at the Market Photo Workshop over a 15-month period. The winner will get an opportunity to build on their existing photography expertise and gain exposure in working with a broader photography community.

John Fleetwood, the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, said the award is a distinctive development focused opportunity for emerging photographers. He added, “The Market Photo Workshop is deeply linked to the training and development of photographers and photography as a medium in Africa.”

Matthew Tierney, a Board Member of The Tierney Family Foundation, said that this Award offers a photographer the opportunity to explore important issues around human rights topics that are prevalent across the continent.

Bisi Silva, Artistic Director of the Bamako Encounters /Samuel Sedibe, Director of the Bamako Encounters, commented that the Award is a reflection of the commitment of the Bamako Encounters to further improve possibilities for photographers on the continent.

The 2015 Bamako Encounters will invite internationally renowned judges to select the winner from African photographers exhibiting at the Bamako Encounters.

Tierney Bamako Award at the Market Photo Workshop

The Tierney Bamako Award is a 15 months award to a photographer from the African continent selected by judges from the 2015 Bamako Encounters. It recognizes and rewards Africa’s best photographers by providing the winner with the financial and infrastructural support necessary to build on their existing photography expertise through 1 of the 3 options below:

The winner can choose 1 of the 3 programmes applicable to the development of their practice:

  1. studying either the Advanced Programme in Photography of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the prominent photography training institution on the continent, Market Photo Workshop. The APP and PDP are year courses in which photographers develop an independent body of work and portfolio. The course requires students’ active participation in course subjects, projects and engagement with trainers and mentors.
  2. working closely with a suitable mentor with assistance from a network of professional photographers in Johannesburg, South Africa. The mentor will provide guidance and direction on the photographer’s intended body of work and the photographer’s professional development.
  3. working closely with a suitable mentor with assistance from a network of professional photographers in photographers home country. The photographer will work with a mentor from his home country but will be required to attend group-mentoring critique sessions in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The outcome of the award would see the winner producing and exhibiting a new body of photography work. Other proposed outcomes may take various forms, from participating in participatory photo projects, internship, talks and workshops.


About the Tierney Family Foundation

The Tierney Family Foundation was founded over 20 years ago in the US to support a range of domestic and international causes from education, supporting emerging artists, women’s rights, environmental issues, sports and leadership development all on a global scale. Collectively, the family remains active, passionate and dedicated to affecting positive change both through business and philanthropy, with particular focus on Africa.

About Rencontres De Bamako

Organised by the Malian Ministry of Culture and Institut français, the Bamako Encounters is the first and principal international platform dedicated to African photography on the continent. A veritable platform for discovery, exchanges and interaction, the Bamako Encounters are known as a meeting place for African photographers and other art professionals from across the world.

For more information, please contact:

Bekie Ntini
Coordinator: Mentorships and Training
T +27 (0) 11 834 1444
E-mail: bekien@marketphotoworkshop.co.za