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Canon Student Development Programme Overview

The programme offers students across Europe, Middle East and Africa an incredible opportunity to meet leading experts, attend key industry events and have their portfolios professionally assessed.

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    100 students, selected by editors from top media agencies including AFP, EPA and Reuters will receive 1-2-1 mentorships.

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    Exclusive workshop

    Up to 30 students will be invited to a career-defining workshop in Girona, Spain and attend Visa pour l’Image, the international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France.

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    Hamburg Portfolio Review

    5 students will be offered an exclusive place at the Hamburg Portfolio Review.

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    Prestigious prizes

    The final 5 will receive up to €9k worth of Canon kit and a €2k grant.

Essential Information

Essential information about, how to apply, what you can get out of the programme and more.
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Portfolio Submissions

Your portfolio can contain a maximum of two projects, compromising up to 20 images each, plus a description of your project(s), image captions and a personal bio. Applications for the 2023 programme are now closed.

MODULE 1: 29 MAY – 30 JUNE

Portfolio Preparations Mentoring

Between May - June, 100 students will receive three online sessions with a professional mentor, who will offer tailored insights and guidance on refining their portfolio.

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In September up to 30 students will be invited to a prestigious 5-day workshop in Girona, Spain and Perpignan, France. Students will take part in hosted practical sessions, group portfolio reviews and talks by top photographers and editors. The students will also have the chance to visit Visa pour l’Image, the international festival of photojournalism.

Module 3: 15 – 17 September

Hamburg Portfolio Review

Top 5 students will be granted an exclusive place at the third edition of the Hamburg Portfolio Review.

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Grants & Gear

The final 5 will also receive up to €9K worth of Canon kit & a €2K grant, helping them take the next step to turning Pro.


Do you have a question about the programme? Check out our FAQs here

Meet the Mentors for the 2023 Programme

  • Ana Palacios

    Ana Palacios

    Visual Journalist

  • Anastasia Hermann

    Photo Director, MARE

  • Angela Jimu

    Photographer, Journalist, Co-founder and Director of the ZAFP

  • Anush Babajanyan

    Photographer, VII Photo Agency, National Geographic Explorer

  • Catalina Martin-Chico

    Catalina Martin-Chico

    Photographer, Panos Pictures

  • Dafna Tal

    Photographer and Video Artist, Canon Ambassador

  • Dan Balilty

    Dan Bality

    Photographer and Cinematographer

  • Daniel Etter (©Tamina Zuch)

    Daniel Etter

    Photographer, Canon Ambassador

  • Elisa Medde

    Curator and Writer

  • Finbarr O'Reilly (© Giles Duley)

    Finbarr O’Reilly

    Photographer, Canon Ambassador

  • Friedemann Vogel

    D-A-CH Bureau Chief, EPA

  • Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson

    Editor of The Wider Image, Reuters

Canon Student Development Programme 2022 Alumni

Have a look at some of the fantastic work from the students of the 2022 programme.

2022 Highlights

Check out what last year’s students got up to.

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