Bonani Africa Documentary Photography Festival

SA History Online (SAHO) is launching its second Bonani Africa Documentary Photography Festival this year, with a call to photographers to submit photographic essays that celebrate and critically reflect on the South Africa of today.

Bonani Africa in this context means ‘Look at Africa‘ in the Nguni dialects. This is appropriate as the festival will take place against the backdrop of 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and the deepening socio economic crisis facing the majority of South Africans. The Festival will provide a platform to view how the country’s photographers are reflecting upon the many challenges that development and globalization pose for South Africa, as well as a view into the ways that people are coping.

The 2010 festival will comprise of an exhibition, a seminar program and a publication that traces the history of documentary photography in South Africa.

Photographers are invited to submit documentary, reportage and photojournalistic essays of 20-35 images on any subject on life in South Africa today. These essays must have been completed over the last 36 months or include a body of work that is still in progress. (Please see ‘conditions of participation’ for more details).

The festival aims to promote documentary photography, in keeping with this aim, three essays will be selected from the 2010 submissions to receive a grant of R20, 000 each, to allow the photographers to continue to develop their essays or embark on new projects.

To submit an essay please read the ‘Conditions of participation (pdf)’ and then fill in the Bonani Africa ‘Entry form (pdf)‘.

The closure date for submissions is 11 April 2010 (Sunday).

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