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Canon Student Development Programme Overview

The programme offers aspiring photographers from across Europe, Middle East and Africa an incredible opportunity to meet leading industry experts and have their portfolio professionally assessed.

  • Mentorships

    Up to 100 applicants, selected by editors from top media agencies including AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters, will receive 1-2-1 mentorships.

  • Exclusive workshop

    The top 25 students will be invited to a career-defining 4-day workshop in Girona, Spain.

  • Visa pour l’Image

    After the workshop, the students will attend Visa pour l’Image, the international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France.

  • Prestigious prizes

    3 students will be awarded a €2k grant and Canon equipment to produce a new project.

Entry Criteria


    Who can apply

    To enter, you must be at least 18 on 7th March 2024 and either a student, intern, or have completed your course in the 2023-24 academic year.


    Not at university?

    A limited number or places are available for participants nominated by the industry, regardless of where they are in their education journey.


    Official language

    Although the programme is open to anyone in the EMEA regions, participants will need adequate proficiency in English to take part.


    Type of photography

    Your portfolio should be within the genre of photojournalism and (or) documentary photography.

Essential Information

Essential information about, how to apply, what you can get out of the programme and more.


Portfolio and Grant Submissions

Your submission must include both an existing portfolio and a proposal for a new project. Portfolios can contain a maximum of two recent stories, comprising up to 20 images each, plus a supporting description, image captions and a personal bio.



Up to 100 students will receive three online sessions with a professional mentor who will offer tailored insights and guidance on refining their portfolio and future project proposal.




25 students will be invited to a prestigious 4-day workshop in Girona, Spain. Students take part in hosted practical sessions, portfolio reviews and talks by top photographers, videographers and editors.


Visa pour l’Image

After the workshop students will have the chance to visit Visa pour l’Image, the international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, and participate in hosted exhibition tours.

Canon Camera
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Grants and Gear

The final 3 will receive a €2k grant and Canon kit to produce their proposed project.


Do you have a question about the programme? Check out our FAQs here

Meet the Mentors for the 2024 Programme

  • Aïda Muluneh

    Photographer, Filmmaker, Curator, Canon Ambassador

  • Aline Deschamps

    Photographer, Middle East Images, Canon Ambassador

  • Ana Palacios

    Visual Journalist

  • Anastasia Hermann

    Photo Director, MARE

  • Anush Babajanyan

    Photographer, VII Photo Agency, National Geographic Explorer

  • Carla Rosorius

    Director of Photography, GEO

  • Catalina Martin-Chico

    Photographer, Panos Pictures

  • Chiara Negrello

    Photographer, Canon Ambassador

  • Christian Gogolin

    Photo Editor, GEO

  • Daniel Etter

    Photographer, Canon Ambassador

  • Evgenia Arbugaeva

    Phtographer, Canon Ambassador

  • Fabio Bucciarelli

    Photographer, Canon Ambassador

2023 Highlights

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