Myanmar in Crisis
A new documentary project curated by Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz highlights the ongoing plight of the civilian population of Myanmar through the eyes of Burmese VII Academy alumni–brave and selfless individuals who continue to risk their lives to document the “Peoples’ Revolution”. (Featured image ©H.K.A.)
Nature Through Her Eyes Festival Works to Change an Industry
Issues examined by panelists and attendees of the event are now being addressed in the male-dominated world of natural history filmmaking.
Dispatches in Exile: Amplifying the Voices of Migrants and Refugees
Over the next twelve months, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bosnia and Herzegovina, VII Academy trainers will teach the basic principles of journalism and media production including photography, time-based media, ethics and narrative storytelling to a group of about 60 men and women from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East currently residing in Temporary Reception Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
VII Academy partners with the YMCA of Greater Boston
The VII Academy is excited to announce its first program in collaboration with the YMCA Boston.
Project Development: Photography with a Purpose with Myanmar Deitta
For two weeks in January, Philip Blenkinsop, Linda Bournane-Engelberth and Nicole Tung will be working with 15 early-career photographers from Myanmar, looking at the development of photographic projects with meaning and purpose.
Youth Program with the Bronx Documentary Center
Bronx Documentary Center
Most of our programs at the VII Academy are aimed at visual journalists who are either embarking on their career or who work in the media already but need the boost a more formal education can provide. However, this autumn we’re reaching out to a new group of young people and community members with a commitment to photojournalism, with the goal of engaging them with the integral skills of journalism and ethics.
The William Gross and Jennifer Stengaard Gross Scholarship
October 2020 - July, 2022
Since last year the VII Academy has provided The William Gross and Jennifer Stengaard Gross Scholarship for a high-achieving photographer from the majority world to attend the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication (LCC, University of London Arts). The first scholarship for the academic years running from October 2019 to July 2021 was granted to Mushfiq Mahbub Turjo, an outstanding photographer from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photographers can apply until September 11th, 2020 for this year’s scholarship.
The Srebrenica 2020 installation presented by The VII Academy and The VII Foundation
July 11, 2020
Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Srebrenica 2020 installation at the Srebrenica Memorial Center opened on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The new exhibit, presented by the VII Academy and The VII Foundation, aims to contextualize the events that took place in Srebrenica in July 1995.
The VII Academy’s first seminar underway for indigenous Pacific Islanders
The VII Academy has been planning an in-person seminar for Pacific Islanders for some time, but logistics for travel across the Pacific region proved costly in both monetary and ethical terms–how could we bring 14 students from across the Pacific together without burning tonnes of jet fuel? As COVID-19 travel restrictions forced the VII Academy to move online, it was an opportune moment to launch our first seminar for indigenous Pacific Islanders.