The Economist’s 1843 magazine mentorship programme

© JD Barnes, 1843 magazine

Project description

The Economist’s 1843 magazine, sister publication to The Economist, has launched a mentorship programme for black photographers to help create a pipeline for black talent. 1843 magazine publishes long reads and narrative journalism, and emphasises visual storytelling in all its pieces.

Spearheaded by 1843 magazine’s picture and luxury editor, Melanie Grant, the programme will run from Summer 2021. Each year’s mentee will be given one-on-one mentoring by the art and design team at 1843 magazine and The Economist over the course of a year. This will include reviewing their portfolio, helping develop ideas and visual narratives, pitching and completing assignments, editing and post-production. The successful candidate will be asked to do at least one published assignment for 1843 magazine.

The programme is open to professional photographers, with some experience in reportage and lifestyle photography, who are ambitious to create beautiful and important work. The candidate will be based in the UK. In due course the programme will be rolled out to a second mentee, based in the US.

This programme is supported by The Association of Photographers, Photo London, Magnum and Panos. In addition to these institutions, a group of working photographers will also support and guide the mentee, and share their experiences.

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© Brandon Ruffin, 1843 magazine

How to enter

There is no set brief, simply show us your best work and examples of your storytelling in the reportage and lifestyle style.

  • You can enter a series or photo essay of up to a maximum of 10 images.
  • Entries are limited to one per entrant.
  • You must be of African or Caribbean heritage
  • Entries are free
  • One mentorship will be offered per year


Entries are open from Tuesday 4th May 2021 until midnight Monday 7th June 2021.

To apply for 1843 magazine’s mentorship programme for black photographers, please click here.

Brief organiser

1843 magazine is The Economist’s sister publication, named for the year The Economist was founded.

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