CatchLight is pleased to announce the jury for the 2020 $30,000 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship. Now in its fourth year, CatchLight continues to search for innovative visual storytellers and leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling.

OM MALIK, PARTNER AT TRUE VENTURES; FOUNDER AND A FORMER SENIOR WRITER FOR GIGAOM

Journalist Om Malik founded technology blog Gigaom in 2001. With seed funding from True Ventures, he turned the one-man blog into a media company and research firm. Not long thereafter, Om became a venture partner at True Ventures. In 2014, he graduated to partner at True where he continues to invest in promising networking and internet infrastructure technologies.

Om regularly…


The gate of entry to the Unist’ot’en encampment is an assertion of traditional Wet’suwet’en protocols. People who want to enter the territory must answer questions about their identity, any possible affiliations with oil and gas, the duration of their visit and how the visit will benefit the people there.

Introduce yourself: tell us who you are in a couple sentences.

I’m a listener, a photographer and a bit of a misfit. In my work, I primarily look at the ongoing history of colonization, with extra emphasis on leadership and agency within affected communities.

What is your earliest memory with photography?

I think it was actually the absence of photographs that stuck with me first. When I was a kid, our family life was hard, and some of the upheaval around us seemed to be reflected in the family photo albums. There were big gaps of time where no photographs…


“When you finish high school, people start asking when are you getting engaged. When you’re married, they ask when are you having a son. It’s as if, the man you marry, and the man you bring to the world are the only reason for your existence.” | Norah, fashion designer. Riyadh

Introduce yourself: tell us who you are in a couple sentences.

Tasneem is an investigative photographer, storyteller and global traveller. With an inquisitive eye and camera at hand, she offers intimate and unique perspectives into the everyday lives of her subjects, telling their stories from her heart while striving to humanize and connect their realities to her audiences.

What is your earliest memory with photography?

I remember asking for a “real” adult camera when I was nine. I received a cheap film camera from the local pharmacy, and took it on my school trip to the zoo. …


From 2019 Fellow Tasneem Alsultan’s series And Then There Were Women which explores complexities of love, marriage, divorce and male guardianship in Saudi through personal stories of courageous Saudi women.

We’re accepting applications for the 2020 $30,000 CatchLight Visual Leadership Fellowship. Now in its fourth year, CatchLight continues to search for innovative visual storytellers and leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling. The grant applications are due before midnight PST on February 4, 2020.

Last year CatchLight supported a large-scale peace-building VR project led by Sparsh Ahuja, Alexandra Bell’s exploration of what a solutions journalism framework could look like in a futuristic newspaper, Tasneem Alsultan’s collaborative storytelling approach to connect women and their stories throughout Saudi Arabia and Pierre Terdjiman’s innovative education and engagement model.

As…


Photographs © CatchLight Fellows: Aida Muluneh, Andrea Bruce, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Tomas van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener and Brian L. Frank

SAN FRANCISCO — CatchLight announced today the expansion of its fellowship program, adding a fourth $30,000 grant and opening the call for entries to all innovative leaders in visual storytelling: long-form storytellers with impactful projects as well as leaders committed to advancing and growing the field of visual storytelling. The grant applications are due before midnight PST on February 18, 2019.

“The opportunity for visual storytelling to make a meaningful impact in society has never been greater, and yet the many disruptions in the media landscape are making it more difficult to sustain the profession,” said Catchlight CEO Elodie Mailliet…


Written by Robert Rosenthal, CatchLight Board Member

I have had the honor and privilege for many years to work with many talented photographers. The attributes they shared were courage, creativity and an all consuming drive to get to, find and tell powerful stories that would not have been told without their passionate commitment.

This year’s shortlist of 11 CatchLight Fellows represents a diverse and extraordinarily talented group. Not only are they skilled photographers and videographers, they are network builders who through the power of visual storytelling want to drive social change.

Daniella Zalcman, 2018 CatchLight Fellowship Shortlist

On April 2, three of them will be honored…


SAN FRANCISCO (December 13, 2017) — CatchLight announced today the opening of the 2018 $30,000 CatchLight Fellowship Program. The second year of this annual search for three lens-based storytellers who demonstrate excellence in the use of photography to drive social change adds two defined categories to the application’s open call: the Fellowship for Leadership and the Fellowship for California. The application will open on January 1, 2018 at CatchLight.io and all submissions must be received by midnight pacific time on January 31. The 2018 Fellows will be announced on April 3, 2018.

“CatchLight’s inaugural Fellows — Sarah Blesener, Tomas…


© Sam Wolson

“We have become, in many ways, disenfranchised with who we are as human beings. Many of us don’t relate to the struggles of everyday people.”
Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender

Status Update is a series of multi-platform exhibitions curated and produced by Catchlight around specific social issues. The first edition looks at visualizations of inequality and resilience in our own San Francisco Bay Area.

One of four parts. Read the intro essay, “Bay Centric.”

STATUS UPDATE BAY AREA, VOL 4 // UNSEEN, UNHEARD

Some stories are hard to shake. When we first saw Robert Gumpert’s work from San Francisco…


© Janet Delaney

Status Update is a series of multi-platform exhibitions curated and produced by Catchlight around specific social issues. The first edition looks at visualizations of inequality and resilience in our own San Francisco Bay Area.

One of four parts. Read the intro essay Bay Centric and view Vol 1: Home and Vol 2: Place + Purpose.

STATUS UPDATE BAY AREA, VOL 3 // OPPORTUNITY

Here in the Bay Area, no one is immune to the destabilizing effects of money and markets. Capital privileges pedigree, and certain demographics are awarded room to grow while others are squeezed into obsolescence. Who can fit…


Status Update is a series of multi-platform exhibitions curated and produced by Catchlight around specific social issues. The first edition looks at visualizations of inequality and resilience in our own San Francisco Bay Area.

One of four parts. Read the intro essay Bay Centric and view Vol 1: Home and Vol 3: Opportunity.

STATUS UPDATE BAY AREA, VOL 2 // PLACE + PURPOSE

These days it seems like everyone has a crusade to get behind. Hyper-connected, convenient alignment with the movements of our choice can be empowering, but the ease of virtual affiliation can also foster detachment from the immediacy…

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