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Applications – Open Call for the OXFAM Participatory Project at the Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop, with support from Oxfam International, is sending out a call to lens-based practitioners, journalism and media practitioners, and community activists and advocates to apply to the storytelling, transformation and empowerment Oxfam Participatory Project (OPP).

The OPP project will use technical and theoretical support to draw attention to the role photography, audio, video, sound and text plays in setting social justice agendas in Africa. During these unprecedented times of the global health, environmental and socio-economic challenges, the OPP project seeks to promote African centered storytelling that responds to these crises at a local level, and encourage social responsibility, activism and ethical investigation by African visual storytellers.

The Oxfam Participatory Project activities will be developed around skills development, vocational training and empowering strategies to encourage a greater participation which will ensure that the participants will be able to critically engage with pertinent social issues through photography, audio, video, sound and text.

The OPP project’s outcomes will be significant bodies of work on social and community issues and will develop new and innovative ways of using multimedia as a tool to effect positive social change. The participants will be encouraged to develop projects in a way that resonates with target audiences, encourages community engagement and has a meaningful and lasting impact on both the communities and issues addressed.

The OPP project covers return transportation to Johannesburg, accommodation and an honorarium for the workshops that will be taking place at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Application Procedure
10 active lens-based media practitioners and community activists will be selected to participate in the Oxfam Participatory Programme through an open call process.

Applicants are required to:
• Submit photography portfolio with at least 10-15 digital low-resolution JPG images (max. 10MB)
• OR
• Submit a multimedia project of up to 2 minutes
• OR
• Submit a portfolio detailing advocacy work that the applicant has been involved in over a period of at least 24 months

• Submit an essay of between 750 – 1000 words on why you think that this opportunity would benefit you and what you hope to achieve once you have concluded the training.
• Include CV and a 150-word biography in a Word document, which details your qualifications, experience and where you live and/or work.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet the following conditions:
• Must be resident in South Africa
• Must have basic project management skills and demonstrate
an understanding of project management processes
• Must have a proven track record in photography and/or media and/or advocacy work
• Must be available to travel to Johannesburg in January 2023 and apply themselves from inception of the project to its conclusion in August 2023
• Must be between the ages of 18 – 30 years of age at time of application

Individuals from subaltern communities within provinces outside of Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal are especially encouraged to apply.

In addition, individuals with advocacy, media and activism backgrounds and with effective digital storytelling skills are encouraged to apply.

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 after notification.
• Judges need to be satisfied that the successful applicants will be able to self-manage during the project, and that they are likely to derive lasting benefits from the project.

Applications close on 4 November 2022 at 17H00.

All applications must be submitted by e-mail to loyisoo@marketphotoworkshop.co.za and copied to bekien@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

Applicants are encouraged to contact Loyiso Oldjohn on + 011 834 1444 with any enquiries.