Find and tell the stories you're passionate about. Learn how to develop, plan and execute a large-scale photography project. Come away from the course with new body of work.


Find and tell your own story
Today’s documentary photographers and photojournalists do not just have to be able to undertake a planned photographic assignment or take a commissioned photograph.


Photographers must also be able to find their own story – that is, develop an original concept, research, pitch, fund, plan and edit a photojournalistic story.


Create your own project

During this course you will produce your own documentary project with personal and comprehensive guidance.


You will be inspired and guided on how a substantial documentary project can be planned and executed.


The course consists of two workshops in Amsterdam with a working period in between. Before, during and after the production of the story, you will receive individual coaching.

The program is designed to help you make your project happen and for your to come away from the experience with something to show.


This course enables you to:


  • plan and produce your own documentary photography project from A to Z.

  • develop original concepts and journalistically angled stories.

  • gather material through thorough research.

  • approach and work with subjects, as well as working in the field with fixers & translators.

  • edit documentary photography projects to create strong narratives.

  • balance photography, text and other media in a documentary photography project.

  • pitch and present to obtain funding for photo documentary stories.



Teachings will consist of:


  1. Workshop: presentations by inspirational and relevant photographers and people in the media sector.

  2. Field work: personal coaching during the entire production process

  3. Workshop: final workshop, where your documentary story is edited and evaluated

Your final documentary photography project will be graded

Your final documentary film project will be graded


Credits: 10 ECTS

The exam consists of a written assignment, to be turned in approximately 5 weeks after the final workshop.


This course is for:


  • Trained photographers, who have the ambition to convey more complex topics and issues, as opposed to shorter event reporting.

  • Journalists and other communication professionals working in the media, organizations or NGOs who wants to communicate effectively to their audience with the use of visual stories.



For more information write to Torben Nielsen at Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX):


To apply you must have a combination of:


  • a relevant academy professional degree (a 2-year professionally oriented higher education within the fields of communication, journalism or photography)

  • a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience after you have finished your studies.

If you do not meet these criteria, or are uncertain whether you do, you can contact Dina Riis Egholm at to find out more about alternative ways to admission.

Required skills and portfolio

To attend this course you must have knowledge and practical experience with manual photography and journalistic content gathering.


Your application should include:

• Statement of personal motivation. Why do you want to attend the course? (500 characters max.)
• Short personal bio and CV with details on your background and experience (2500 characters max.)
• A series of photos (max 30) including a photo story (min. 8 photos)

• Relevant diplomas, transcripts and course certificates

• A copy of your passport

Important note

The selection of participants for the course is based on the portfolio, experience, motivation and career goals of the applicants. All applicants will receive either a confirmation or rejection of participation no later than 26. Marts 2018.

Photo by Sebastian Liste / NOOR


Workshop 1: 16th, 17th and 18th of September 2019

Workshop 2: 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December 2019

Exam project due: 13th of January 2020

Oral exam: 30th and 31st of January 2020

There is field work and coaching between the two workshops.

Application deadline

20th of May 2019


World Press Photo

Jacob Obrechtstaat 26

1071KM Amsterdam

The Netherlands


€ 2700

Price does not include accommodation or travel.



Learn more how to get at full diploma degree in documentary photography here.

Alixandra Fazzina


Sebastian Liste

Documentary photographer and sociologist

Sebastian Liste

Documentary photographer and sociologist