FOTODOK and Stichting Dialoog have teamed up to offer an emerging photographer the chance to make a documentary series with the theme ‘dialogue’. In addition to a grant of €2,500 for research and production, the series will be pitched to Vrij Nederland (VN) magazine for possible publication.
A lot is happening in the world right now, and the Netherlands is not immune to the effects. Think of the refugee crisis in Europe. Or the fear and anxiety caused by terrorism and counterterrorism. We sometimes forget the personal impact of these events, although it can be as intense as the impact on, say, politics. Everyone has an opinion, but in the noise of the public debate, both online and off, the essence of the message is being lost. And then there are those whose voice is being drowned out altogether. FOTODOK and Stichting Dialoog believe that a just, inclusive and sustainable society cannot exist without dialogue, and certainly not without a dialogue in which every voice, even the softest, has the chance to be heard. That’s why we are calling on you for a different representation.
We invite you to submit a proposal for a documentary photo series in which you outline how you would represent ‘dialogue’. We are looking for an original approach not found in the mainstream media but which you think is a good interpretation of this important subject.
Send your proposal to FOTODOK no later than 31 January 2016 with a link to your portfolio and CV. FOTODOK, Stichting Dialoog and VN photo editor Jenny Smets will evaluate the proposals on content and feasibility. One proposal will be selected for realisation.
If selected, you will receive a grant of €2,500 and have six months to develop the series. FOTODOK and Vrij Nederland will, of course, be on hand to offer you support and advice. We will also discuss with you where else the series could be published and in what form.
• Maximum of five years’ experience as a professional photographer
• Proposal no longer than 2 x A4 pages
• Link to portfolio and CV
• Submission no later than 31 January 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Dialogue grant’ in the subject line
• A sum of €2,500
• Support and advice from FOTODOK and Vrij Nederland
• Promotion by FOTODOK
• Possible publication in Vrij Nederland and other media