Let me be your Mentor

About the Program

My Mentor Program is the first program of its kind and has developed some of the brightest new talents in the profession since it began in 2017. The program seeks to provide professional development for photographers who are identified and recognised as emerging new talents in the industry. I am particularly interested in engaging with new talent from underrepresented communities. 

Throughout your mentorship programme with me, I will make sure that your work will have an opportunity to be seen and distributed via my photo agency VX Pictures, for the duration of the Program.

How to Apply

The call is now open.

I will be accepting applications for the mentorship program from April 7 through June 7, 2022. If you are interested in applying, please submit the following information using the form below.

Text requirements

  • A brief explanation of how you would like to see your career develop, what is it you expect from me, and your expectations of the Mentorship Program.
  • A short narrative biography of up to 500 words about you.
  • Any texts to support or contextualize the images you are submitting, no more than 500 words.

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered to attend this program should click on the button below.

You must first register on our students’ registrar, then create an entry for this program by choosing the name of this program.

  • Promising and talented emerging photographers in the industry from diverse backgrounds.
  • Please note that I place particular importance on selecting photographers from communities that are underrepresented within the industry.
  • Photographers who are already trained, have some professional experience and are now ready to take the next step with their career.
  • Note that some applicants may be considered too advanced for the program.
  • Note that I will make allowances for advancement/skills for photographers who have had no access to formal education or training.
  • I am looking for photographers that can demonstrate a cohesive personal aesthetic vision and are generating interesting, unexpected, and mature story ideas.
  • The portfolio should consist of stories (no single images) and demonstrate the breadth of the applicant’s photographic experience.

Media requirements

Please upload no more than 30 images with the following specifications:

  • JPG.
  • 72 DPI.
  • No greater than 1440 pixels.
  • IPTC Caption and Date.
  • Please label each image with your initials and the sequence number: example VX-001, VX-002, through VX-050.

The Programme. …

This programme is a powerful development tool that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. It will successfully help you improve the following skills and capabilities:

  • Improve communication and personal skills.
  • Develop leadership and management qualities.
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s).
  • Increase your confidence and motivation.
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers.

I will always support and encourage my mentees to manage their own learning so they can maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.

The Value of my Programme. …

As your mentor, I will be doing my part to ensure that you will have the tools and support you need to succeed.

Here are some of my Mentorship Programme ways I can help you as a mentor in the field of Editorial and Documentary Photography, Photojournalism and Journalism as well as reporting from the countries in the crisis of war:

  • Improve social skills: Throughout my one-to-one sessions, I will make you a better leader by enabling you to relate to different kinds of people. Help you develop strong and confident communication skills so that you can handle any situation.
  • Bolster self-esteem: As a mentor, I will always be at my student’s corners. Be a champion. Believe in your personality. Recognize and celebrate your successes.
  • Provide career exploration: I will be your career counsellor, helping my students to brainstorm career possibilities, define career goals and establish action plans to reach professional goals. I will also be a great source of networking opportunities for you.
  • Support academic activities: Depending on the circumstance, you will find me serving as an important academic tutor during the school year.
  • Be a friend: Some students find it difficult to talk to their parents or friends about what’s on their minds. As a mentor, you can see me as a trusted confidant, helping you with your work through day-to-day struggles.
Putting on personal protective gear during a riot in Kosovo in March 2015. (Photo/Agron Beqiri)

What to Expect. …

I will keep communications open with you. I will always offer feedback and support. The why, the how and when and where will always be the subject of our discussion and thriving conversations to develop an idea and subject, as well as your understanding of the craft. Together, we will define expectations, actively participate, maintain an ethical and professional level of contact and communication, which is a way to empower and keep you honest and get you to master the knowledge you aim for.

I expect you to be as follows:

  • Be upfront.
  • Remember that your mentor is there for you but is only a guide.
  • Review your goals.
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Actively participate.
  • Be innovative and creative.
  • Get to know (yourself) and your Mentor.
  • Get productive and genuine interest in self-development.

Programme Cost. …

The program starts every September 1, until August of the following year and it will cost £380 per month per person. You have the option to pay monthly or the whole eleven months program, in which case you will benefit from a 10% discount.

You will receive 2 weeks of 3 to 6 contact hours, with one week off in between. Each contact hour, be it in person or phone or via zoom online, can be 1 to 2 hours per contact, brief consultation followed by feedback.

From April of the following year, you will then be passed over to my supervisory program, where I will oversee your workflow and walk you through your career goals till the end of the programme. 

This is an open call for a limited number of 7 students only, who will be strictly subject to our criteria selection.

To enrol on my mentorship programme, please click Pay Now. You will be taken through to a payment portal (STRIPE) and upon payment completion, you will be receiving an automated invoice of enrolment. In order to complete your enrolment, please forward that email to [email protected] and allow me 3 working weekdays to get back to you with details.

This is a month-to-month subscription that will take a payment directly from your bank account every 1st date of the month. You can opt out of this programme anytime.

Use the coupon “panow” to save 10% of 11 months in my mentorship programme. STRIPE will make a payment directly from your bank account now.