About VII Academy

The strategy of VII Academy is to promote, teach, and foster high-quality journalism in the majority world and in underrepresented communities in G20 countries by providing tuition-free media education and training.

Through real-world training and practice, we teach and mentor emerging professionals and students in media practice, visual journalism, ethics, and media entrepreneurship. We aim to democratize the information narrative and give communities in the majority world the tools to narrate their own stories and build a more resilient and robust global media environment.

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.

We teach online and in person at our two campuses in Arles, France, and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Through our own teaching and by providing scholarships, on-campus seminars and vocational workshops, VII Academy creates a valuable mentorship network between seasoned veterans and talented young visual journalists.


Amber Maitland
Gary Knight
Ziyah Gafić
Ron Haviv
Ajdin Kapidžić
Edina Mušmulja
Dr. Paul Lowe
Marianne Tollié
Andrew Turner
Yonola Viguerie

Guest Curators

Philip Blenkinsop
Mary Gelman

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

The Alexandra Boulat Campus in Arles

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