VII Mentor Program 2023-24
VII Academy welcomes the new cohort of seven emerging visual practitioners selected for this year’s VII Mentor Program.
This year’s cohort represents a blend of new talents with familiar faces selected from over 300 applicants spanning more than 42 countries. Over the next twelve months, through monthly expert sessions, these mentees will explore critical topics such as ethics, business practices, grant writing, branding, design fundamentals, story pitching, entrepreneurship, and legalities. They will work with renowned media experts, and each benefit from personalized mentorship by a VII Photo contributing photographer who will provide professional guidance.
As part of the mentorship, the mentees will engage in monthly guest lectures led by industry experts to cover essential topics to elevate professional practice. These sessions and group meetings will foster a sense of community, providing a robust support system for the mentees in their development.
“The VII Mentor Program is the oldest running program of its kind and is a pathway that helps some of the world’s brightest young photographers build successful and sustainable careers that have a significant impact in their home countries. It is also a means by which the older generation of photographers at VII Photo give back to the industry and build long-lasting and meaningful friendships with the next generation. It is, and always has been, one of our most important initiatives.”
— Gary Knight, CEO, The VII Foundation.
The VII Mentor Program, renowned for cultivating emerging new talents, provides a structured professional environment focusing on those from the Majority World and under-represented communities.
The program–the first of its kind–was launched by VII Photo Agency in 2008. It is now managed by VII Academy, an educational program of The VII Foundation, following its recent acquisition of VII Photo in 2023. This 12-month program pairs selected visual journalists with experienced VII photographers and has developed some of the brightest new talents in photojournalism since its launch.
The VII Foundation is the first and only organization dedicated to providing long-term, tuition-free media education for the Majority World and underrepresented communities in G20 countries.
In the last four years, VII Academy has trained over 1,000 people from 100 countries in nine languages, with more than half identifying as women.