2019 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography
at the Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop is pleased to announce the 2019 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography. The Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography provides an emerging photographer with the infrastructural support to develop an independent body of work over the course of a year. The mentorship has been created by the family and friends of the late Gisèle Wulfsohn to honour her memory and her work; and is seen as an opportunity to continue her approach and interests in photography. Wulfsohn dedicated her life and photography to awareness, openness and respect; she worked on issues of democracy, HIV/AIDS education and social inclusion, gender issues and women’s rights, and maintained a commitment to education and social change.

The mentorship is aimed at developing emerging voices that are committed to fostering social inclusion. The awarded photographer will have the opportunity to work with an established photographer of their choice as a mentor and will be provided access to organisations that can further support their work and research. Applications from individuals identifying as womxn, gender queer and non-conforming, Inter*, and Trans* are encouraged.


Mentorship Benefits and Outcome(s)

Subject to certain conditions, the mentorship entails:

  • R40,000 to produce the body of work that the recipient proposes to do. The R40,000 covers costs related to research, travel, and other supplies
  • Based on successful funding and availability of funds, the mentorship grant can be extended to develop and produce an exhibition of the work and a publication.


Previous recipient:

  • 2013 – Sydelle Willow Smith
  • 2014 – Siphosihle Mkhwanazi
  • 2015 – Phumzile Khanyile


Eligibility Criteria

  • The mentorship is open to anyone whose work will be completed within the borders of South Africa. Individuals who frequently travel and work between South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries at their own costs are also invited to apply.
  • Applicants must have a proven track record as a photographer.
  • Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of the role and significance of photography within society and an ability to use photography as a tool to transmit information about society, and as a tool for change.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A 2 page Project Proposal using the following headings:
    • Proposal Title
    • Proposal Concept
    • Why I have chosen this concept.
    • What I wish to accomplish with this work.
    • Why this opportunity is significant for me.
  • A comprehensive CV.
  • An existing portfolio of 12-20 photographs (Jpeg files, folder not more that 5MB). The portfolio must be a body of work, or maximum 2 bodies of work. The portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to produce comprehensive photographic work and evidence of research experience must be present in the work.


Selection of a candidate

  • A panel of judges appointed by the Market Photo Workshop 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 mentorship.
    The Market Photo Workshop retains the right to request applicants to edit proposals.



Applications close on: Friday 14 December 2018

All applications must be submitted by email to bekien@marketphotoworkshop.co.za and copied to mikac@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

Applicants are encouraged to contact Bekie Ntini on +27 11 834 1444 with any queries.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.