CONNECT2020: Call for Applications

We are holding our fourth annual video and photo portfolio review in partnership with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) in September, an important month for the creative community in New York. This will be an opportunity to meet with top tier industry professionals, whose shared goal is to discover, connect and train the next generation of visual storytellers worldwide.

Blink Connect 2019

Join our community of visual artists and storytellers for this free event! CONNECT 2020 is an amazing opportunity for creatives to remain center stage. And through creative practices and events such as this, we in the industry continue to lift the benchmark for socially meaningful content.

This year, as with every year, we will be focusing on gender parity and diversity as we continue to build a vision of a world where global storytelling is inclusive of all talents, genders, and cultures.

Due to recent developments including global events that affect travel and community at large, Blink’s co-founders have decided to postpone the event to September.

The Application Process

To be selected to participate in the review, applicants should sign into their Blink account, and upload their work to the portfolio section of their completed Blink profile. Your portfolio could consist of:

  1. A video-only portfolio (Max 5 multimedia pieces)*
  2. A photo-only portfolio (Max 10 images)*
  3. A portfolio including both mediums (Max 10 visuals)*

Applying with videos? You will need to upload your work to your Vimeo or YouTube account and then add it to your Blink portfolio.

How do you upload videos? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Log into your Blink account, click edit profile and then add an “item.” Here, click “video” and then you can add a link to your video hosted on your YouTube or Vimeo account.

If you are uploading a photo series or your “best imagery”, please ensure that they are formatted as a JPG with the long side 1600 px. It should be accompanied by a title and a short descriptive text explaining the image and the project.

If you are applying with imagery, we have a few tips to help you with getting your portfolio ready.

What you need to know

Below you’ll find the lay of the land for the April 2nd event.

The Freehold space


9:30 AM: Doors open to participants of CONNECT 2020

9:45 AM: Orientation speech and introduction to the event

10:00 AM — 1:00 PM: The AM review session

2:00 PM — 6: 00 PM: The PM review session

6:00 PM — 10:30 PM: Networking and after-party


11:15 AM — 11:35 AM: 10 minute break

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM: 60 minute break

3:15 PM — 3:35 PM: 20 minute break



Blink is a global content studio that leverages our industry-leading technology together with a highly curated network of content producers in 180+ countries to create captivating original content at scale. We partner with unique brands and agencies to deliver impactful stories.


Founded in 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is the only global non-profit organization that offers emergency support, safety training, reporting opportunities and funding avenues offered specifically for female journalists. We are making more women’s bylines possible and work tirelessly to ensure a greater diversity of voices represented in the news industry worldwide.

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