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Documentary Photography Residency

Background Information


The call for Documentary Photography Residency is open to all 2017 Photo Marathon participants that took part in Ljubljana and Beirut and qualified for review by the international jury by submitting 12 photographs depicting all 12 themes. We invite all those who meet these conditions to apply.


For the 2017 edition, FRAME (Beirut) and APIS Institute / Zavod APIS (Ljubljana) are teaming up to bring you the Photo Marathon Residency. In partnership with Digitalna kamera and Erasmus+, the residency provides an opportunity for two participants, one from Beirut and one from Ljubljana, to exchange places for two to three weeks. The goal of the residency is for the participants to become an advocate for intercultural understanding and positive social engagement, as well as to produce a unique documentary project during their stay.


In this way, we want to foster the socially engaged use of photography through mobility. The residency will also strengthen the connection and partnership across the Mediterranean between the Lebanese and Slovenian photographic community, and create an opportunity for the selected individuals to create and disseminate a documentary photography series in a new and foreign environment. The residency is also designed as an opportunity for knowledge transfer between the two partner organizations. It also acts as an educational experience for the awarded resident, including professional support and learning opportunities over the duration of the residency.


The chosen resident, with the support of the host organizations, will produce a documentary photography series on a topic of their choosing. The series will be exhibited in both Beirut and Ljubljana.


Support during the residency


FRAME and APIS Institute, as host organizations, will cover visa costs, travel (up to EUR 500) and accommodation costs of the participating resident. The resident will be expected to pay for travel costs  and submit receipts to the host organizations in order to receive reimbursements at the completion of the residency.


The host organizations will support the resident and the production and dissemination of their work in the following ways:


  • Pick up on arrival and accommodation arrangements
  • Introduction to members of the photographic community in Beirut or Ljubljana and to other Photo Marathoners, who can assist and provide insight and support in the production of the photo series.
  • Provide exposure to the city and communities within
  • Organize an exhibition where they will showcase the series they created during the residency
  • Generally help them (as a fixer) in their photography series. For example, they may need help accessing certain communities or meeting individuals and language support.


Application requirements


Only applicants who fulfill the following conditions will be considered:


  • Participated in Photo marathon 2017 in Ljubljana and Beirut on October 14, 2017 (organized by FRAME and APIS)
  • Submitted all 12 photographs on the 12 themes provided the 2017 Photo Marathon in Ljubljana and Beirut
  • Completed the application proposal for the residency.


  • Agree with the terms of the residency and after approval of their application will sign a statement summarizing and the conditions mentioned in the call, including terms, expectations, and outputs.
  • Allow the publication of personal information and the work created during the residency on the websites of host organizations (APIS, FRAME), partner organizations, and respective social media platforms as well as publication in media and exhibitions.
  • Willing to present their work and experiences during and after the residency.


Important Dates


Deadline to apply: January 14th, 2018, 24:00 Eastern Time. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Successful applications announced: January 21st, 2018


Residency: March/April 2018. Note that the residency will take place over two weeks in Beirut and three weeks in Ljubljana.


Questions? Please feel free to contact us:


Beirut (FRAME)

Ali Sayed-Ali


Ljubljana (Apis Institute)

Romana Zajec