We are offering 2 Scholarship Grants for the 16th Edition of the IPA Mentorship Program commencing in September 2017.
The IPA Mentorship Program is a photography mentorship initiative by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals. The intensive program, newly revised and now running 4 months, is an extension of our traditional on-site photo workshops taught across cities in Asia. Read more about the program here: https://invisiblephotographer.asia/ipamentorship.
We will be awarding 1 grant to a talented young photographer/artist in Asia interested in photography mentorship. In continued partnership with Odessa/Batumi Photodays Festival, we will also be awarding 1 grant to a young Ukrainian photographer. The Ukrainian grant open call will be available shortly on http://thephotodays.org.
Our grants are awarded based on the merits of the application and potential of the applicant’s work. The aim of our Grant Programs is to provide photography learning and access to young, dedicated talents in Asia who may not otherwise have the means to participate in our workshops and programs.
In related news, IPA Mentorship Alumnus Shyue Woon has just won the inaugural THE FIRST DRAFT Award by THEBOOKSHOW with photobook dummies and exhibition of his projects. Alumna Christine Chung has also won a Scholarship Grant worth $10,000 to continue her photography education at International Centre of Photography in New York. Congratulations to both Shyue Woon and Christine Chung!
The IPA Mentorship Program is also open for Public Application and Registration.
To apply for this IPA Scholarship Grant, please follow the instructions below.
Send an email to [email protected] with the subject header:
“GRANT APPLICATION – 16TH EDITION, IPA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM” along with the following information:
Nationality/Country of Residence:
Website or Online Portfolio:
Please attach a written Proposal (At least 250 words) of the Work or Project you wish to undertake during the Mentorship Program, along with 5 – 10 supporting images (approximately 800pixels width). Note: Applications will be accessed based on submitted proposals and applicant’s potential.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, 20TH JUNE 2017.
IPA Mentorship Program Testimonials
“Working on personal photography projects can be very lonely, especially if you are like me, a photographer with no former formal art education. It can sometimes feel like you are working so hard for something which you have no one to share with, not to mention feeling lost and uncertain about your approach to a certain subject.
The IPA mentorship was immensely helpful in straightening up my thought process, offering an honest review to my ongoing project. Besides receiving critique, I would say the most valuable part of the experience is getting to know other photographers in Asia and beyond who are passionate about photography. The new ideas and different perspectives they brought in are eye-openingly inspiring. I would recommend any photographer with some solid work on their hands to take part in this mentorship programme…” SHEUNG YIU, Hong Kong | IPA Mentorship Program 2015 Alumni
“I received a grant to do the IPA Mentorship Program. It was a great opportunity to communicate with photographers from my group, but especially to learn from Kevin. He has a special approach to editing stories which was new for me. He constructed stories in a more poetic, emotional manner which is great! I was always taught a traditional journalistic approach, thus this new, fresh and more personal manner to work really helped open my mind and to look differently at things.
While I was doing the IPA program I worked on an ongoing project. I was shooting a lot but I was feeling a little bit lost on what else I needed to photograph. Kevin helped me understand that it’s not about photographs but about what I personally want to tell with this project. Why am I doing it? What I want people feel when they see it? What Cruising means for me personally? Trying to answer all these questions through photographs, searching for the emotional part of the story, trying to transmit feelings, senses, mood instead of just giving information was a priceless experience.
I am extremely grateful to Kevin for this new way to look at photography which I am now trying to apply since the IPA Program.” KATIA REPINA, Russia/Spain | IPA Mentorship Program 2015 Alumni
“The IPA Mentorship Program became the key that allowed me to start my very first photography project. As a novice, I lacked the experience to give my photography a clear direction. But the mentorship allowed me to be more self-reflective, critical, independent, and confident.
In the program, I looked for an honest advice and critique of my photography and Kevin was there to give a straight answer all the time. He recognized our strengths and pointed out the things that needed fixing. Outside the regular meetings, he would keep in touch and check on our progress constantly. I would say that Kevin was a generous mentor who was accommodating and willing to adjust to the needs of the participants.
I will always be grateful for the learning experience I got from IPA. For me, the photography horizon has just widened.” DIANNE ROSARIO, Philippines | IPA Mentorship Program 2015 Alumni
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