Fostering Talent and Democratizing the Public Narrative: A Focus on Underrepresented Communities in Journalism and Photography
My approach to education is focused on promoting, teaching, and nurturing talented emerging professionals in journalism and photography from underrepresented communities and countries worldwide. Through my scholarship programs, I seek to enhance their skills and capabilities in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, and entrepreneurship.
Through this initiative, I aim to create a culture of knowledge-sharing that will contribute to the democratization of the public narrative.
The Refugee Diaries with Vudi Xhymshiti (August 7, 2022)
Eligibility Requirements: Local photographers who are both citizens and residents of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine (Occupied Territories), Sudan & South Sudan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen.
Free three-month photojournalism scholarship course for young Ukrainian photographers. Applicants must be 19+, speak English, and reside in one of Ukraine’s 24 provinces.
While students engage in tests and exams, they are not given permission to venture onto the frontlines of war. However, this program aims to foster the democratization of the public narrative through knowledge-sharing. The application deadline for this program was May 15, 2023.
A total of 28 individuals applied, and ultimately, 13 were successfully enrolled in the program.
By submitting an application, scholarship applicants agree that if they are selected, they will be fully and unconditionally bound to these Terms and Conditions.
The VX Pictures Education scholarship program will be administered in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations including, but not limited to, those promulgated by the UK Home Office of Home Affairs and the U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Export Assets Control.
Scholarship recipients retain all copyrights to their work.
Obligations of scholarship recipients are as follows:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the scholarship program. As recipients, you are about to embark on an immersive and exciting journey to enhance your skills and further your career aspirations in journalism and photography.
Please note that as scholarship recipients, you agree to grant royalty-free licenses for your scholarship work to Vudi Xhymshiti’s educational programme. This may include the possible exhibition and/or publication of your work in connection with the program for educational and/or community outreach purposes, including lesson plans, and for publicity and press purposes related to the program. Any photograph used by the program will carry your credit/copyright line.
I am thrilled to know that you’re excited to share your work and contribute to the program’s mission. We hope that this experience will provide you with valuable knowledge and opportunities to grow as professionals.
Please understand that by accepting this scholarship, you waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. We also acknowledge that Vudi Xhymshiti’s educational programme, and his respective affiliates, VX Pictures outlet, officers, directors, employees, and agents do not have and will not have any liability whatsoever for any illness, injuries, losses, death, litigation, claim or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in or in part, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any scholarship.
I am honoured to have you as a scholarship recipient and am excited to see what you will create during this program. I believe in your potential and hope that you share our commitment to fostering a community of emerging professionals in journalism and photography.
Let’s create something truly remarkable together!
Q: Who is eligible for the scholarship program?
A: The VX Scholarship is open to young, aspiring photographers who are interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism. Applicants must be 19 years or older, proficient in English, possess a computer and a DSLR camera, and currently reside in one of Ukraine’s 24 provinces.
Q: What is the duration of the scholarship program?
A: At VX Scholarship, we offer a range of scholarship programs that vary in duration, ranging from three to six months. We are committed to providing young, aspiring photographers with the opportunity to enhance their skills in photojournalism and pursue their dreams. Our scholarship programs are designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and practical experience to succeed in the field. Whether you are interested in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, or entrepreneurship, we have a program that can help you achieve your goals.
Q: What do scholarship recipients receive upon completion of the program?
A: At VX Scholarship, we believe in empowering our scholarship recipients to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. Upon completion of the program, scholarship recipients will receive a reference letter that can help them stand out in the competitive field of photojournalism. But that’s not all – we also offer the opportunity to join our VX Pictures outlet as a contributing photographer.
This can open up doors for exciting new opportunities and help you build your portfolio. And who knows? With dedication and hard work, there may even be a chance to become a full-time staff photographer. We are committed to supporting our scholarship recipients every step of the way and helping them to reach their full potential in the field of photojournalism.
Q: What types of personal data does VX Scholarship collect?
A: At VX Scholarship, we understand that privacy is important, and we take the collection and use of personal data very seriously. When you apply for our scholarship program, we collect personal data such as your name, email address, telephone number, postal address, and other information that is required in the application form. We use this information solely for the purpose of administering and managing the scholarship program, as well as for internal use such as marketing studies, research projects, and program development.
Scholarship Terms and Conditions
VX Education scholarships are open to working photographers or visual journalism students who are trying to further their education and professional skills.
Volunteers, employees and directors of VXP Education and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding.
Advisory board members and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding.
Scholarship application judges, and their immediate families, are NOT eligible to apply for funding in the year that judges help choose recipients.
Only those submissions that meet the eligibility requirements and include all required materials will be considered for entry.
I’m thrilled to offer tuition-only scholarships for aspiring journalists and photographers to join us in our workshops and events. If you’re a recipient, you’ll have the chance to experience an immersive learning environment designed to enhance your skills and help you achieve your career goals.
If the project is funded and you’re also eligible for travel-related costs, we’ll happily cover your expenses upon submission of an invoice and receipts. I truly value your dedication to pursuing excellence in journalism and photography, and I’m honoured to support you in your journey.
In exchange for this opportunity, I kindly ask that you submit high-quality images, text, and/or videos produced during the workshop or event to me or The VXP Photo Agency within a week of its conclusion. I believe that sharing knowledge and experiences is essential to our growth as professionals, and your contributions will inspire and educate others.
Please note that as a scholarship winner, you’re responsible for reporting the scholarship for tax purposes as required by applicable law. I believe in transparency and honesty in all of our endeavours, and I hope you share my commitment to these values.
Join me in this exciting opportunity to enhance your skills, explore new possibilities, and be part of a supportive community of emerging professionals in journalism and photography. Apply today and let’s create something truly remarkable together!
Breaking Down Barriers: How Empowering Underrepresented Voices in Journalism is Changing the World
Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community and empower underrepresented voices in photojournalism? Then I invite you to join me in supporting educational programmes that help break down barriers and foster diversity through the VX Scholarship Programme.
As a sponsor of my scholarship programmes, you can make a tangible difference in the lives of aspiring photojournalists from underrepresented communities. Your support will provide access to education and resources, empowering these talented individuals to share their unique perspectives and make their voices heard.
Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable world through the power of photojournalism. So, if you’re ready to make a positive impact and support the next generation of diverse storytellers, please consider becoming a sponsor today.