Applications open for the 2018 Tierney Fellowship
at the Market Photo Workshop

© Celimpilo Mazibuko. From the series In Jus'this. 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.

The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation realise the importance of creating opportunities for photographers to cultivate the development of photographers and photography as a medium. The Tierney Fellowship creates an ideal space for a photographer to develop such a body of work. The Fellowship will provide the successful applicant with the financial support necessary to research and produce a body of photography work, in consultation with a mentor, over the period of a year. The Tierney Fellowship programme ran for the first time in South Africa in 2008 and partner institutions include the Market Photo Workshop, WITS School of Arts and The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

The Tierney Fellowship builds on other Market Photo Workshop platforms geared towards a South Africa where photography plays an important part in the development of careers and the development of photography.

Fellowship Benefits and Outcome(s)

Subject to certain conditions, the fellowship entails:

  • R40,000 to produce the body of work that the recipient proposes to develop. The 
funds cover costs related to research, travel, and other photography related supplies
  • Based on further availability of funds, the fellowship can be extended to curate an exhibition of the body of work, and possibly a publication of that work.

Previous Market Photo Workshop Fellows

2008 – Tracey Edser
2009 – Simangele Kalisa
2010 – Thabiso Sekgala
2011 – Mack Magagane
2012 – Lebohang Kganye.
2013 – Sipho Gongxeka
2014 – Matt Kay
2015 – Tsepo Gumbi
2016 – Celimpilo Mazibuko
2017 – Tshepiso Mazibuko

Application Procedure

  • Submit two projects/series of work with at least 8-10 digital low-resolution images per project. There is a maximum of 20 low-resolution files in total (max. 5MB). All images must be in JPG format. Please note: a selection of random photos will not be considered.
  • Include a brief description/proposal (maximum one A4) of each of the projects/series in a Word document.

Proposal should cover using the following:

  • Proposal Concept
  • Why you have chosen this concept
  • What you wish to accomplish with this work
  • Why this opportunity is significant for you
  • Include an abridged CV in a Word document or pdf.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The fellowship is open to all students of the Market Photo Workshop
  • The fellowship is open to alumni who have studied at the Market Photo Workshop 
since 2008
  • The fellowship will be awarded to applicants who are resident in Southern Africa
  • Applicants must have fulfilled contractual requirements for Market Photo Workshop 
courses they were enrolled in or projects they participated in
  • Applicants must have basic project management skills and demonstrate 
understanding of project management steps and processes
  • Applicants must be independent, determined self-starters with a drive to succeed
  • Students and alumni that come form needy financial background or previously 
disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must not have produced a solo exhibition before
  • Applicants must be able to travel to Johannesburg for initial meetings
  • Applicants must not be older than 35 years of age at time of application

 Selection of a candidate

  • A panel of judges appointed by the Market Photo Workshop, including panelists from The Tierney Family Foundation, will participate in the selection process.
  • Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview soon thereafter.
  • Judges need to be satisfied that the chosen project proposal has merit; that the candidate will be able to manage the project, and that he/ she is likely to derive 
lasting benefits from the fellowship. The Market Photo Workshop retains the right to request applicants to edit proposals.


Applications close on Monday 11 June 2018.

All applications must be submitted by email to and copied to

Applicants are encouraged to contact Bekie Ntini on +27 11 834 1444 with any queries. For more information on the Fellowship and project partners visit and also

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.