Fellows Program

The VII Academy Fellows Program began in 2022 and is the latest initiative to support young photographers, especially those from the majority world and under-represented communities. This new, one year program creates a mentorship and community space for early-career professionals and graduates of the VII Academy.

Amber Maitland and Yonola Viguerie of The VII Foundation and VII Academy manage the program, Ed Kashi and Nichole Sobecki of VII Photo Agency will provide mentorship, and guest lecturers will provide essential industry expertise.

We welcome fourteen participants from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas as our first community of Fellows.
Irene Barlian, Indonesia
Uma Bista, Nepal
Charlie Cordero, Colombia
Sara Escobar, Mexico
Billy H.C. Kwok, Hong Kong
Sutapa Roy, India
Byron Smith, Greece / USA
Irina Unruh, Germany / Kyrgyzstan
The next intake of fellows will be in 2023.