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participants for noor-nikon visual journalism workshop in bayeux

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We are proud to announce the selected participants for the Visual Journalism Workshop with NOOR photographers Andrea Bruce and Sebastián Liste organized in collaboration with Nikon France. The workshop coincides with the Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents from 5 to 11 October.


We sincerely thank everyone who put effort into their applications and congratulate the photographers who will be taking part in this workshop:


Leonora Baumann (FR/DE)

Luc Forsyth (BE/CA)

Benas Gerdziunas (LT)

Alexis Huguet (FR)

Natisha Mallick (IN)

Olof Ohlsson (SE)

Ohm Phanphiroj (US)

Sergey Polezhaka (UA)

Andrew Renneisen (US)

Michael Rhebergen (NL)


We look forward to meeting all the participants, sharing experiences and learning together in Bayeux.

deadline extended for noor workshop in bayeux, france






NOOR and the Pro Department from Nikon France invite visual journalists and documentary photographers to apply for the 2015 NOOR-Nikon Visual Journalism Workshop in Bayeux, France, from 7 to 10 October. The workshop coincides with the Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents from 5 to 11 October.


The NOOR-Nikon Visual Journalism Workshop is open to young and aspiring documentary photographers, including those intending to work in conflict zones and potentially dangerous environments, as well as those interested in developing a multimedia practice.




Workshop: 7–10 October 2015

Extended Deadline to Apply: Monday, 24th August 2015, 11:59pm (CET)

Notification of Selection: Tuesday, 1 September 2015




During the intensive three-day workshop, ten selected participants, together with NOOR photographers Andrea Bruce and Sebastián Liste will share experiences and expertise on how to pick up, develop, and produce stories covering conflict and human rights issues. Subjects covered will include: preproduction, research, logistics, access, safety, equipment, lighting, interviewing, and shooting for editing.


Drawing from their own experiences, Andrea and Sebastián will discuss the motivations, challenges, and responsibilities of documenting conflict and sensitive human rights situations. This workshop will be a unique opportunity to gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment, while learning how to produce impactful visual journalism.









Andrea Bruce (USA) is a documentary photographer who brings attention to people living in the aftermath of war. She concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored and often ignited in war's wake. The past ten years she chronicled the world's most troubled areas, focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrea started working in Iraq in 2003, following the intricacies and obstacles of the conflict experienced by Iraqis and the US military. For eight years she worked as a staff photographer for The Washington Post and later as part of the VII Network (2010-2011). At The Post, she originated and authored a weekly column called "Unseen Iraq." Her awards include top honors from the White House News Photographers Association (where she has been named Photographer of the Year four times), several awards from the International Pictures of the Year contest, and the prestigious John Faber Award from the Overseas Press Club in New York. In 2010 she received the WHNPA grant for her work in Ingushetia and was a 2011 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. In 2012 she was the recipient of the first Chris Hondros Fund Award for the “commitment, willingness and sacrifice shown in her work.” Andrea Bruce was recently named as a 2016 Nieman Fellow.


Sebastián Liste (Spain) is a documentary photographer and sociologist devoted to covering contemporary issues and profound cultural changes in Latin America and the Mediterranean regions. In 2010, while completing his Masters degree in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he received the Ian Parry Scholarship for his long-term project “Urban Quilombo,” documenting extreme living conditions faced by dozens of families in an ab andoned chocolate factory in Brazil. The same year, Sebastián was named the Young Editorial Photographer of the Year at the Lucie Awards in New York. In 2013, Sebastián received a Fotopres Grant to develop a new project, which resulted in his work “On the inside: Venezuelan prisons under inmate control.” This work was exhibited at Visa pour l´Image in Perpignan in September 2014. In 2014, Sebastián received the Alexia Foundation Grant in the US to continue developing his ongoing project about crime, punishment and security in Latin America. Sebastián specializes in long-term, in-depth projects to create frameworks that reflect the social consequences of the choices made by those in power. Through visual journalism he aims to generate dialogue and collaboration between subjects and audiences, bringing different worldviews into confrontation with each other.





Tuition and meals during the workshop are free through the generous support of Nikon France. There is a required fee of EUR 250 to cover accommodation during the workshop. Nikon France and Prix Bayeux-Calvados offer workshop participants access to all professional events happening around the Rencontres Prix Bayeux-Calvados, including the Nikon party on Friday 9 October and the awards ceremony on Saturday 10 October.


Please note - all participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and expenses to and from Bayeux. Possession of a passport and travel insurance is required to apply.


Please do bring a laptop to show and share your work. It’s not necessary to bring your recording equipment, but you are welcome to do so. Nikon will provide some equipment during the workshop for demonstration and testing.






• Basic experience (two to three years) in documentary photography or photojournalism in professional or educational setting

• English fluency (the workshop will be conducted in English)

• Good technical understanding of your camera equipment


To apply, send the following to Extended deadline to receive applications is 11:59pm CET, Monday, 24 August 2015:


  • A CV including your contact information (maximum 2 pages)


  • Motivation letter in English (maximum 1 page), including why you want to attend and a description of your experience in journalism and documentary media


  • A portfolio of maximum 30 photographs including at least one picture story (5-10 images) that demonstrates your storytelling skills. Include captions with each image and a short introduction (100 words maximum) for each picture story.


  • All of the above should be sent in one PDF file not to exceed 6MB*



Please send your application to: before midnight CET Monday, 24 August 2015.


*If sending a PDF creates a problem or diminishes the image quality, we accept links, word documents or alternative formats. Please contact us in advance for specifications.


For more information contact NOOR via or phone +31 20 6060 780.


The selection will be made by NOOR in close cooperation with the Nikon Pro Department from Nikon France. If you are selected you will be notified before Tuesday, 1 September 2015.



Organized with the generous support of Nikon France.


NOOR (Amsterdam): Asmara Pelupessy

Editor & Projects Director | NOOR

Phone +31 20 6060 780 | Skype: asmara-NOOR


Nikon France (Paris): Guillaume Cuvillier

Service Nikon Pro

Tel: +

noor at fotografia europea 2015

NOOR Group Photo, May 2015. From left: Asim Rafiqui, Pep Bonet, Kadir van Lohuizen, Benedicte Kurzen, Sebastian Liste, Jon Lowenstein, Francesco Zizola, Andrea Bruce, Nina Berman, Stanley Greene, Alixandra Fazzina.


As HOST program guests of the Italian festival Fotografia Europea 2015, NOOR photographers visited the beautiful town of Reggio Emilia to lead workshops, present a screening and discussion evening, and open their group exhibition, "A NOOR journal on the changing planet, 2009-2015."



Chiostri di San Pietro, exhibition venue for the group show, "NOOR Journal on a Changing Planet 2009-2015," in Reggio Emilia, Italy.


The exhibition, curated by Laura Serani, brings together years of work on climate change and environmental issues around the globe and is on view at the Chiostri di San Pietro until 26 July.


NOOR photographers at the opening of their group show on climate change with curator Laura Serani.


In the days leading up to the festival's official opening, NOOR photographers Stanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Sebastian Liste, Andrea Bruce, and Asim Rafiqui guided practical and theoretical workshops in documentary photography. To see a video of the work participants shot during the workshop see here.



Jon Lowenstein guides a workshop on practical elements of photography and editing.


Stanley, Jon, Sebastian and Andrea's workshop participants worked on a shooting assignment covering local food and wine production in the region. One group visited a Parmigiano-Reggiano maturation room in Reggio Emilia.



Workshop participants visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano maturation room.


Workshop group photo with Jon Lowenstein.




The festival HOST program (a project by aBcM) came to a close with NOOR Night, featuring an evening of screenings and discussions with NOOR photographers and moderated by Lars Boering, Director of the World Press Photo. The topic of the evening was "Change: How to Achieve It." 



Lars Boering moderated NOOR Night with photographers Benedicte Kurzen, Jon Lowenstein, Kadir van Lohuizen, Pep Bonet, Andrea Bruce, and Francesco Zizola.



Stanley Greene and Andrea Bruce at NOOR Night.



Following the festival, NOOR members stayed in Reggio Emilia where they held their 8th Annual General Meeting. At the Annual General Meeting, NOOR photographers and staff evaluate agency and foundation activities, and plan how to continue NOOR’s mission in coming years.



All photos by Francesca Pradella 

workshop with stanley greene, jon lowenstein, sebastian liste & andrea bruce

From Thursday 14 May until Saturday 16 May 2015, as part of the Fotografia Europea festival, in in Reggio Emilia, Italy, NOOR will host a three day practical workshop under the guidance of Stanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Sebastian Liste and Andrea Bruce. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 April 2015 EXTENDED! NEW DEADLINE: 5 May 2015 (before midnight C.E.T.).



This hands-on workshop will include portfolio reviews, as well as practical and theoretical discussions on how to develop stories. One day of the workshop will be dedicated for shooting and another day will be dedicated to editing the work. The results of the workshop will be screened at the festival on Saturday night during the NOOR Night at Chiostri di San Pietro, the main venue of the Festival.


Participants will work in four groups of maximum 6 participants per group. Each group will be guided by one of the photographers. Each applicant will be able to choose the photographer they would like to work with, and all efforts will be made to accommodate their choice.


Over the three day workshop, each of the four NOOR photographers will give a presentation of their work, followed by a Q&A and discussion. These presentations can be attended by all participants, regardless of which group they are in.


Participants should bring a camera and computer. Due to the fast pace of the workshop, NOOR highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally.


When: Thursday 14 until Saturday 16 May 2015 between 10:00 to 18:00 CET.

Cost: 300 (exclusive of 15 administration costs, includes festival pass)

Admits: 20-24 people (5 to 6 per group)

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28 April 2015 EXTENDED! NEW DEADLINE: 5 May 2015 (before midnight C.E.T.)




1. Please download, fill out, and sign the registration form.

This can be sent via email to:


2. Please make an advance payment of 100 EUR via PayPal

or bank transfer to:

Bank Account holder Stichting Noor Foundation

IBAN code: NL37 INGB 0004288015



Please clearly indicate with the payment your name and what it concerns, so we can track the payment. Please send a receipt of the payment together with the registration form.


3. For the 3 day workshop with Stanley Greene, Jon Lowenstein, Sebastian Liste and Andrea Bruce you are required to have:

- Basic experience in documentary photography or photojournalism;

- A high level of motivation;

- English language skills (the workshop is in English);

- A good technical understanding of your camera equipment, a working knowledge of the media environment and basic image management skills.


To apply you need to send a PDF file not exceeding 6 MB including:

A CV including your contact information and a written text explaining your work and projects.

A portfolio of max. 30 images with text introductions and captions (please show your storytelling skills by presenting at least one picture story of 8 images).


Please send your application with all the above requested documents (registration form, payment receipt, portfolio)


Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28 April 2015 EXTENDED! NEW DEADLINE: 5 May 2015 (before midnight C.E.T.)


If sending a PDF creates a problem, we accept links and word documents or alternative formats. For more information contact


Selected participants will be provided with necessary information in the form of welcome packs prior to the event and a free pass for the festival.




Tuitions for the workshops and the lunches does not include flights, accommodations or meals. All on-the-ground expenses are the responsibility of the student.


Once you submit your application, you will be notified within 2 business days after the submissions deadline.


All fees must be paid within three days from acceptance. Students will then be emailed a full welcome package with suggestions for accommodations as well as a guide to Reggio Emilia.


Please note

- NOOR reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

- If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, it must be confirmed in writing:

. NOOR will reimburse all the registration costs except for €15 administration fee, if the participant informs NOOR of cancellation the day they receive the notification of acceptance to the workshop. Beyond this time limit, NOOR will charge the following:

. 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 12 days before the workshop commences.

. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.

. All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of either the contractor/or participant need to be paid in full.

- NOOR is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

- A €100 application fee is required for each application. If accepted, this balance will be applied to the final tuition. If the student is not accepted, a refund of the application fee will be granted (minus €15 administration costs).


For any questions, or for more information, please contact Valeria Ribaldi.

noor-nikon belgrade masterclass: on storytelling & editing

Matic Zorman (Slovenia) shares his work with Majlend Bramo (Albania). Photo: Kamerades



Editing and visual storytelling were central to the NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Belgrade. Before meeting together, all fifteen participants shot and edited an assignment on the theme ‘Remains.’ This work went under the microscope for serious editing by both peers and the tutors throughout the week. The NOOR photographers also shared their own experiences, struggles and strategies for putting together good edits for different purposes.


Front: Portfolio review between Andrea Bruce and Elena Geroska (Macedonia/Bulgaria). Behind: Fisnik Dobreci from Montenegro discusses his work with Kadir van Lohuizen. Photo: Kamerades



After each participant had a one-on-one portfolio review with each tutor, we sat down for a little recap. Andrea, Stanley and Kadir gave the participants feedback that they needed to work on their sequencing and push deeper into the story. Andrea told the participants, “A story has to be about more than just a topic, it also needs to be about an emotion. Make sure you use your tools to portray a feeling, not just the subject.”


Editing the 'Remains' assignment. Photo: Kamerades



Andrea Bruce works on edits with L-R: Matjaž Rušt, Matic Zorman (Slovenia), Milovan Milenković, Mina Delić and Oksana Toskic (Serbia). Photo: Marko Rupena / Kamerades



Kadir added, “When you work as a documentary photographer, you are also an author, editor and producer.” He explained that a lot of photographers focus their time and effort on shooting and don’t pay enough attention to sequencing and captioning. As much as possible, Kadir spends about equal time shooting as he does prepping the files and putting together the story selection and sequence. He encouraged the participants to “Challenge your viewer – for instance, maybe you don’t want to use an establishing shot to start your sequence.”


Stanley Greene works with a small group of participants on their 'Remains' assignment edits.


Over our days together in Belgrade, all of the NOOR photographers pulled back the curtain on their practice to show participants what kinds of preparations they do, questions they ask themselves and challenges they face. For instance, Kadir also took the participants through an a-z, shooting to publication process for a recent story. He discussed working with the NGO on the ground, how the access and lighting conditions shaped his shooting approach, then walked us through the different selects he made for the NGO partner, versus his select as for pitching the story for the editorial market – eventually showing us what was published.


Stanley showed an unpublished recent series of work, which he was frank about his struggle with the edit and sharing the work. He encouraged participants to “Share your work with your trusted colleagues. If you stay to close to your work you can stagnate. Along with being a support system, your colleagues can help give you fresh perspective.”


Participants Matjaž Rušt (Slovenia), Oksana Toskic (Serbia), Mitar Simikić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Matic Zorman (Slovenia) talk over their work. Photo: Kamerades



Mitar Simikić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) shares his book with a colleague. Photo: Kamerades


- Asmara Pelupessy, Associate Editor, NOOR

kurdistan landscapes by andrea bruce in internazionale




Images from Andrea Bruce's series 'Landscapes of Success: Kurdistan's Oil' were featured in Internazionale in April, 2015. Kurds believe that, after the eventual end of the conflict with the Islamic State mililtants, international buyers will need Kurdish crude and will support their nationalist aspirations. Compared to the rest of Iraq, Kurdistan is a landscape of success due to their oil revenue and distance from conflict in the past 10 years.