Architecture Photography Fund 2020

The Architecture Photography Fund is a new grant and mentorship programme set up with an aim to widen participation in architectural photography. The chosen recipient will be awarded with £500 to aid the production of an architectural photography project, and mentorship and production support from architectural photographer Luke O’Donovan throughout the year.

The opportunity is open to young people aged 18-21 (on 1st June 2020) from a background that is under-represented in the architecture and photography industries, and that live in or around the Greater London area.

Applications will be open from 17th March - 3rd May (8PM) 2020. Please read all of the information below before applying. Good luck!

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17th March - Applications open
3rd May - Applications close (8PM)
Early May - Shortlisted applicants invited for an interview
May half-term (w/c 25th) - Interviews take place
June - Successful applicant will be awarded the grant and have mentorship sessions around once a month until June 2021
*NOTE: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews and mentorship sessions may be held remotely, and interview dates are subject to change.*

Who is this opportunity open to?
The Architectural Photography Fund is open to young people that will be aged 18-21 on 1st June 2020, and who will be living in or close to Greater London from June 2020 - June 2021 (mentorship meetings will be held in Central London). Applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria (stated in the application form).

I’m not sure that I want to pursue a career as an architectural photographer, is this opportunity still for me?
Yes, it’s fine to be unsure about your career path or to have other plans outside of architectural photography. This opportunity is for people considering a career in the creative industries who have an interest in architecture and photography, and would like to develop their architectural photography skills and portfolio to aid their future career.

Do I need any experience in architectural photography?
Not necessarily, but you should have some creative work to show (can be from inside or outside of school/college/university) and be able to demonstrate an interest in architecture and/or photography.

Do I need to own a professional camera?
No, if you own any kind of camera that’s a plus, but not essential.

How can I spend the £500 grant?
The grant must be used to fund the production of your architectural photography project. This could include travel, equipment, printing, research material, or anything else that would support your project. It could also pay for you to take a short time away from your everyday responsibilities/commitments to focus on photography.

How will I be supported throughout the programme?
This can be flexible to your requirements, but the outline plan is for informal mentoring sessions to take place in Central London around once a month. You will also be able to make contact by email at any time.

Do I need to have a detailed project idea already?
At this stage no, a vague project idea is fine, and you will be able to change it later if you want to. Any candidates selected for interview will be asked to develop their project idea in a little more detail, and the chosen candidate will have help in finalising a more complete project idea and production plan. The only requirement is that the project is something that you haven't already produced in full - it must be something that you can work on throughout the year mentorship.

Why are there eligibility criteria for applicants?
At present there are only resources to support one person in the programme, so people from backgrounds where they may have been less likely to have access to other opportunities have been prioritised.

What safeguarding measures are in place?
Where possible, all mentorship meetings will take place in a public/shared space, and the mentor photographer (Luke) has completed a DBS check.