The British Council is pleased to invite applications from photographers and creative writers for Through My Eyes project. This project will involve workshop and training taking place from September 24 – 27, 2013 for young photographers and creative writers in Nigeria.

According to the British Council Nigeria Next Generation report; ‘Youths not oil will be Nigeria’s most valuable resource by 2030’. The aim of this project is to equip young people with the skills and opportunity they need to develop a positive awareness of their communities in order to stimulate change for development.

An exhibition of the products from this workshop will be held and the teams’ works will be voted by professionals and the members of the public. The winning team will get a £2,000 grant to produce more work about their community.

Project Brief

This project aims to develop positive community engagement among the 18 – 35 year old audience by facilitating a positive awareness of their communities. This will be through the creation of new artistic products that have potential to facilitate change for development. The project will involve 10 pairs (A photographer and a creative writer) of young people using photography and creative writing to develop and raise a new awareness of their communities about various aspects of their community life.

They will investigate public spaces, inspirational figures and creative / cultural character of Nigeria using strong story telling techniques with high quality visual imaging using the Appreciative Model of Enquiry. Expected outputs will be photographs accompanied with stories that allow the young people investigate what is working well in these communities and build on them for positive change.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Young photographers and creative writers between the ages of 18 to 35 years of age.

  • Photographers and creative writers have to apply as a team of one photographer and one creative writer. Please note that submissions have to be made on the same application form.

  • The entry should contain a photograph taken by the photographer in his or her community (In line with project brief above) accompanied by a 200 word story by the creative writer accompanying the photograph submitted.

  • Team must show at least 2 years evidence of creative writing and photography. (please note that you can upload creative writing and pictures on social media platforms and send links with your application).

  • Each team must have a camera to work with for the project

  • Both photographer and creative writer must be available for the workshop from the 24 – 27 September 2013.

Selected applicants will be notified on the 18 September 2013. All applications should be made to

Deadline: September 16, 2013

For more information and to download application forms, click here.

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