Canon Student Development Initiative 2024: Empowering Emerging Photographers (€2K Grant and Canon Gear)

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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 Canon Student Development Programme, offering a unique opportunity for aspiring photographers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to advance their careers and embark on the path to professional photography. This programme provides participants with the chance to connect with leading industry experts and has their portfolios evaluated by professionals.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of March 7th, 2024.
  • Residency in the EMEA region is required.
  • Candidates should either have commenced or completed an educational course or internship with an agency or magazine during the academic year 2023-2024, or they must be nominated/endorsed by a professional within the photographic industry.


  • Mentorships: Up to 100 selected applicants will receive personalized mentorship sessions with editors from renowned media agencies such as AFP, EPA, Getty Images, and Reuters.
  • Exclusive Workshop: The top 25 students will be invited to a transformative 4-day workshop in Girona, Spain, offering invaluable insights and networking opportunities.
  • Visa pour l’Image: Following the workshop, participants will attend Visa pour l’Image, the prestigious international festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France.
  • Prestigious Prizes: Three outstanding students will be granted €2,000 each along with Canon equipment to support the creation of a new photography project.

Selection Criteria:

  • Participants will be chosen by a panel consisting of Canon representatives and external industry professionals from renowned media agencies.
  • Submissions will be evaluated based on narrative skill, authenticity, storyline, biography, and overall portfolio and project proposal quality.

Don’t miss this chance to elevate your photography career and gain invaluable insights from industry experts. Apply now for the Canon Student Development Programme 2024.

How to Submit Your Application:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by March 7th, 2024, and must either currently be a student, or intern, or have completed their academic program within the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • A limited number of spots are reserved for individuals nominated by industry professionals, regardless of their educational status.
  • While the program welcomes participants from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, proficiency in English is necessary for effective participation.

For further details,

Application Deadline: March 7th, 2024

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