Applications open for scholarships in women’s photojournalism and video

Applications open for scholarships in women’s photojournalism and video
Applications open for scholarships in women’s photojournalism and video
Canon is launching the annual photojournalism scholarships, in search of photography and video professionals, including the Canon Scholarship for Female Photojournalists and the Canon Video Scholarship – Documentary Short Film.

The first celebrates a photographer of excellence, recognizing her contribution to photojournalism, while the second recognizes professionals who seek to draw attention to any social, cultural or economic issue, in documentary format.

Sabiha Çimen – winner of the stock exchange in 2020

The awarding of the scholarships is organized jointly with Visa Pour L’Image, one of the main photojournalism festivals in the world, and both offer the winners the necessary funding to continue their projects, as well as a platform to make themselves heard. The winners will be officially presented at this year’s edition of the festival, which takes place during the month of September in Perpignan, France; and their work will be shown in next year’s edition.

The grants give a value of € 8000 and the loan of a Canon kit to support the production of a documentary short film, in the case of video, and, support and dissemination in the case of photography.

Applications for both grants are currently open and applications will close on May 17, 2021.

Last year, the French-Swiss photographer and filmmaker Michaël Zumstein received the first Canon Video Bag. Since then, he has been working on a documentary short film called “Bangui la coquette”, on the organization of the Miss Central African Republic contest. The first teaser of the project will be presented at this year’s festival, and the full film will be shown in Perpignan a year later, in September.

Due to the global impact of the pandemic, last year’s scholarship winner – the Turkish photographer Sabiha Grass – will also present his project, Hafiz: Guardians of the Qur’an, at the festival’s 2022 edition. Çimen’s project explores a 1,500-year-old tradition – in which Muslims who fully memorize the Koran are allowed to use the title ‘Hafiz’ before the name – and girls between 8 and 17 years old who attend dedicated schools to the Qur’an to recite and memorize the 6,236 verses of the holy book of Islam, so that they can become Hafizas.

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