International Storytelling Workshop 2022

Kathmandu, Nepal. 2020 ©Uma Bista

We’re excited to announce the upcoming International Storytelling Workshop 2022, for photography and photojournalism students/professionals. Working photographers/photojournalists in the early stages of their career (less than 5 years of professional experience) are also welcome to apply. This exchange program is organized in collaboration with the Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, and Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, Bangladesh.


This workshop is an opportunity for young Nepali photographers and photojournalists. It opens up a unique space for one to learn and practice as a professional under a valued mentorship. The program consists of a pre-course, a start-up workshop, fieldwork, editing workshop, and a book making workshop. Participants is expected to commit FULL-TIME and should expect to produce an in-depth photo project at the completion of the workshop.

All 6 selected Nepali photographers joining the program will be receiving a grant that will help them with their overall expenses during the entire period of 83 days.

The classes will be held online. Selected 6 Nepali participants will be working alongside other fellow students and mentors from Norway and Bangladesh.


Dec 20, Monday: Application deadline
Dec 24, Friday: Announcement of the selected participants
Jan 24 Sunday – Feb 13 Thursday: Pre Course phase
Feb 14 Monday – 20 Friday: Main workshop
Feb 21 Monday – Mar 27 Friday: Fieldwork
Mar 28 Monday – April 03 Friday: Editing Workshop
April 10 Sunday – 16 Saturday: Book Making workshop


Total duration of the Workshop: 83 Days
Total number of Nepali participants: 6
Participants must have a strong internet connection during the classes.

**All 6 selected participants will receive a modest stipend to cover their expenses.

* Develop storytelling and reportage skills for newspapers, magazines, the internet, and other media.
* Learn about ways to do research, and methods of fieldwork.
* Learn how to reflect, analyze, and edit one’s own and other’s work.
* Learn the basics of making a book.


The workshop will include lectures, individual assignments, group work, group reviews, independent study, fieldwork, and editing.

PRE-COURSE: The pre-course in Kathmandu will include lectures and discussions about developing story ideas and working methodologies. Participants will begin researching their story ideas and establishing contacts. At the completion of the pre-course, participants will be required to submit their story ideas and work plan.

MAIN WORKSHOP: The workshop will be an intensive five-day exercise where participants will get a thorough introduction to storytelling, discuss different styles, and begin production of their main project ideas. The workshop will take place in Zoom along with Norwegian & Bangladeshi Students. Tutor: TBA

FIELDWORK: The fieldwork period is when the participants will continue the production/shoot of their main story independently. Participants are encouraged to travel to different parts of Nepal keeping in mind health and safety measures during this time of Pandemic.

EDITING WORKSHOP: The editing workshop consists of group and individual sessions where participants will edit their final story. This workshop will take place at Zoom.

BOOK-MAKING WORKSHOP: The book-making workshop will bring in the Nepali participants to work on the design of the final book consisting all photo stories produced during the program. This workshop will take place at HQ. Tutor: TBA

At the completion of this program, participants will have to submit their completed projects to, along with a written method report. Participants will retain copyrights to their work.

Note: Applicants for this exchange program have to Nepali citizens.

Fill-up and submit this google application form.

**In the google form you will also be asked to upload your updated CV and a portfolio of 15-20 images that demonstrates your storytelling abilities (single images will not be accepted). Files should be 1000px on the longest side, 72 dpi, named as LASTNAME_01.jpg.

Application deadline – Dec 20, 2021.

For questions/concerns/confusions regarding the program and its application procedures, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sagar Chhetri /