About VII Academy

The strategy of VII Academy is to promote, teach, and foster high-quality international journalism in the majority world and underrepresented communities in G20 countries.
We do this by providing tuition-free education to emerging professionals and students from these communities in media practice, visual journalism, narrative, ethics, business, and entrepreneurship, thereby enabling in the long term a culture whereby the information narrative is democratized.
VII Academy is the education branch of The VII Foundation, and is funded by Jennifer Stengaard Gross and Peter Stengaard of Blue Chip Foundation and The William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation.  
With campuses in two strategic locations–Arles, France, and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina–VII Academy offers the highest standard of education in photography, journalism ethics, business practice, and real-world training. Through scholarships to established programs, on-campus seminars and workshops, and events like VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image and the annual Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, VII Academy is creating a valuable mentorship network between seasoned veterans and talented and committed young photographers.


Gary Knight
Hasnija Zulic
Lejna Čelebičić
Marianne Tollié
Ron Haviv
Yonola Viguerie

Adjunct Staff

Andrew Turner
Dr. Paul Lowe
Mary Gelman
Philip Blenkinsop
Ziyah Gafić

Board of Trustees

École Éphémère

Jennifer Gross, Gary Knight, Ron Haviv, Andrew Reid

Sarajevo Campus

Jennifer Gross, Gary Knight, Ron Haviv, Andrew Reid, Atka Reid

Boulat Campus in Arles

Jennifer Gross, Gary Knight, Ron Haviv, Andrew Reid, Annie Boulat