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Photograph the Festival

Each year the International Festival awards an emerging photographer the role of Festival Photographer. This is a unique opportunity giving the photographer unparalleled access to the International Festival, going behind the scenes and all over the city to capture the dynamic character and experience of the event.

We are looking for a photographer who can capture images that communicate with energy the experience of the International Festival. By capturing all that happens through strong, sophisticated and impactful images, the International Festival Photographer aids the organisation by representing the inspirational artists and cultural experiences that it presents.

The position allows the photographer to develop contacts with a range of media outlets, artists, venues and agencies, providing a strong launch pad for their future career in the profession. The role is for an emerging photographer based or studying in Scotland and is supported by a £3,500 award.

The successful candidate will work closely with staff to capture all aspects of our events, giving them access to artists, staff, rehearsals, audiences and events to bring together a rich portfolio of images. The photographer will explore behind the scenes - attending rehearsals, capturing social events, documenting artists in the city, and witnessing first hand the work that goes in to making the Festival happen, as well as capturing the audience experience and buzz across the city.

The International Festival Photographer’s work is showcased through online galleries on our website, with their work also promoted through our official Facebook, Flickr and Instagram profiles.

Our 2017 Festival Photographer Beth Chalmers photographed artists and companies including Bryn Terfel, Jarvis Cocker, Nederlands Dans Theater, PJ Harvey, The Old Vic, Martin Creed and Nicola Benedetti, as well as countless other backstage and front of house moments. If you wonder what it was like, just read our interview with Beth about her experience in August 2017.

How to apply?

To be considered for the position, please send a sample of your portfolio or a link to your work online and a covering letter to by 12noon Monday 5 March.  Please include ‘Application: Festival Photographer 2018’ in the subject line. For the full job advert visit our jobs page.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview w/c 5 March and must be available to work in at the International Festival launch on Wednesday 14 March, which will serve as a practical assessment.

Kate Dickie getting ready for her appearance in Letter Live © Beth Chalmers, 2017 International Festival Photographer

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