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Applications open for the 2023 Photography Incubator Programme at the Market Photo Workshop

Applications close on Friday 21 July 2023.

Market Photo Workshop, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, is sending out a call for photography enterprises and entrepreneurship proposals. The 8-months Photography Incubator Programme will use hands-on job experience, combined with technical and theoretical support and incubation, with the aim of enhancing and elevating photographers’ business ventures and artistic practice. The Programme provides practical experience and exposure to fully understand major aspects of the enterprise of photography. This includes photography entrepreneurship and business management, gallery practice, curatorial production, editing, training and participatory projects and will explore photography through artistic, commercial, and media practice.

The incubate photographers will each be assigned a mentor to work with in the production of their projects which will be critiqued by professionals. 10 fully developed projects engaging with the public and communities through photography.  The outcomes may take various forms, from interventions such as site-specific participatory photo projects, talks, workshops, open studios, photo walks, publications, screenings and online projects.


The Programme is aimed at photographers practicing in South Africa with at least 2 years of practical experience, who are seeking to further their conceptual and artistic practice by developing business and entrepreneurial skills. Preferential advantage will be given to photographers from underrepresented communities in need of business developmental support.

Applicants should note the Application Procedure and Selection Criteria stipulated below.

  1. Submit a comprehensive CV and professional biography.
  2. Submit a motivation for applying and why you should be considered for the project. The motivation should detail your interests in developing a photography business.
  3. Submit a proposal of an innovative photography business concept that you would like to develop further with support from the programme. The proposal should list project goals/objectives.
  1. Submit an unfished or work-in-progress photography series with at least 10 – 20 digital low-resolution JPG images. Maximum of 20 low-resolution files in total (max. 10MB).
  2. A panel of judges appointed by the Market Photo Workshop will participate in the selection process.
  3. Shortlisted candidates must be available for an interview after notification.
  4. Judges need to be satisfied that the successful incubate photographers will be able to self-manage during the Programme, and that they are likely to derive lasting benefits from the Programme.


Applications close on Friday 21 July 2023.

All applications must be submitted by email to and copied to