COVID-19 Resources for Photographers

Apr 14, 2020 | Articles & Resources

2021 Update:

Sadly, our limited resources has not allowed us to continue updating this page. At the time (when it felt that things may perhaps be over sooner rather than later), we felt it was important to respond quickly to the situation by helping our community navigate the multitude of new resources which were rapidly emerging online.

COVID-19 is impacting all of us, physically, financially and emotionally. While we individually and collectively grapple with the uncertainty that this situation has brought us, what we can do is to work to know our own truth and focus on finding ways to navigate these waters together.

While the team is pressing on with plans to continue providing a space for our community through our workshop and festival, we will be constantly updating this blog with COVID-19 related resources.

If you have a resource to share, please contact us by writing to or dropping us a message on Facebook.

Stay positive, compassionate and safe. 

In solidarity,
The Angkor Photo Team


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Guidelines & Tips

Guidelines & Tips

Committee to Protect Journalists COVID-19 resource
Information on journalism during the COVID-19 outbreak, latest safety advice, and Q&As with journalists covering the pandemic.

Nieman Foundation: Covering Pandemic Flu
Four journalists with experience in covering infectious disease outbreaks and major disasters provide some important answers to questions about personal safety and newsroom operations during a pandemic.

Reporters Without Borders: Tracker 19
The project aims to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on journalism and press freedom.

International Women’s Media Foundation
In this  webinar, journalists from Hong Kong and Italy shared their experience covering COVID-19, and journalists who reported on past global outbreaks spoke about lessons learned.

Global Investigative Journalism Network
An excellent resource centre for journalists working on COVID-19 stories, including regular webinars dedicated to issues and challenges of covering the pandemic.

COVID-19 Guide for Working Journalists
General tips for visual journalists to help journalists who are struggling with ethical and safety considerations in the current void of job specific information.

How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces
Handy guide to keeping your things and spaces disinfected.


Mentorship, Workshops & Projects

The COVID-19 Visual Project
A multimedia platform that aspires to become a permanent archive of the coronavirus pandemic, it is collecting projects on relevant themes related to the crisis. Initiated by Cortona on the Move.

Vibrant Minds – Goethe-Intitut Indonesia
Online workshop on digital storytelling and mobile reporting using Instagram. Young journalists, activists, engaged students and fresh university graduates from Southeast Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit their applications.

MONØgraf Zines
Open call for black and white photography in the midst of a pandemic.

An online publication established in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has profoundly altered normal life on a global scale. Open to submissions for visual projects that reflect on our changing times or explore what the world might, or should, be like after the crisis.

WP The Journal
More than 400 women photographers from all over the world are documenting their lives during the pandemic and connecting with each other via photography.

An open call for photographs to share how we are each experiencing this extended period of isolation. Selected photographs will become a virtual exhibition that will be displayed on Houston Center for Photography’s website. Submission deadline: 18 May 2020

COVID-19 Archive
An ongoing project from Public Source, featuring documentary photographers, journalist and writers from across the globe who are documenting the current situation so that it may serve as an archive of these times.

Photo Editing with Invisible Photographer Asia:
Free photo editing for one selected portfolio weekly! Open to those in Asia and all genres of work. 

Myanmar Deitta’s Call for Self-Portraits
Contribute your self-portraits from self-isolation. Cash prize + be a part of a planned exhibition.

Parsons School of Design’s The Atlas of Everyday Objects
Document nine objects of your isolation whose meaning has changed for you and share them on Instagram with the hashtag #objectsofmyisolation. The images will be collated as a record of the times.

Reading Material

Magnum Photos: Rooftop
Angkor Photo Workshop tutor Sohrab Hura reflects on a period of creativity in isolation.

Aperture: 12 Photographers on How to Survive the Lockdown

Where are the photos of people dying of COVID?
A New York Times Opinion piece about the images in a time of crisis.

The Baggage that Lives with You Forever
Photographer Nana Kofi Acquah on the ethics of imaging a pandemic.

How Covid-19 is Affecting the Photo & Video Industry
Results of a Lensrental survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the photography and video industry in the States.

Isolation Diary: Photographers Document Their Experience With COVID-19
Photographers Pete Kiehart and Kasia Strek document their experiences with COVID-19 after Kiehart is diagnosed as positive for the virus.

On the Ethics of Documenting a Pandemic
(Documentary with filmmaker Francesca Tosarelli, who covered COVID-19 in Bergamo, Italy) 

Funding & Grants

Pathshala Emergency Photography Fund
To support photographers and lens-based artists of Bangladesh during the COVID-19 crisis. Application deadline: 7 July 2020

Rory Peck Trust: COVID-19 Hardship Fund
A dedicated fund to provide practical and financial support to active freelance news journalists around the world whose work and livelihoods have been directly affected by COVID-19.

Women Photograph COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Provides a small amount of up to $500 to independent women and non-binary photographers who need assistance. Currently closed. Cycle 3 will be announced.

Centre for Applied Human Rights: Art + Activism against repression during the COVID-19 crisis
Supports activists and artists responding to the pandemic and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

National Geographic: COVID-19 Emergency Grant Journalists
An emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities, with emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations. Grant of US$1K-8K. 

International Women’s Media Foundation: Journalism Relief Fund 
Open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes.  

[Closed] Photo Circle Grants 2020
Grants for Nepali photographers, journalists and visual storytellers working on COVID-19 stories in Nepal. Besides financial aid, it also offers research and editorial support. Submission deadline for Cycle 1 is 4 June 2020.

[Closed] Format Grants
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. Open to self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply.

[Closed] Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge
A grant for innovative journalist and newsroom collaboration on coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic. Open to all independent journalists and newsrooms in the United States and other countries.

[Closed] Meedan: COVID-19 Microgrants 
Supports efforts to produce reliable and factual information around the virus, specifically aimed at groups working within the context of emerging economies (North Africa/West Asia, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific region).

[Closed] The Groundtruth Project: Global Migration, Refugees and Resettlement Reporting Fellowship
Wants story proposals for narrative-driven, multimedia stories of migration shaped by climate change, economic and social instability, war and famine, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Submission deadline: 18 May 2020

[Closed] Getty Images’ Reportage Grant
Eight $5,000 grants will be awarded to photojournalists working to safely capture COVID-19 stories worldwide in 2020. Application deadline: 15 May 2020

[Closed] Splice Lights On
Micro-grants of $5000 in support of small- to mid-sized newsrooms and their freelancers in Asia.

[Closed] Cendana: Create Now Funding Programme 
Open to Malaysian performing artists, visual artists and independent musicians with funding of up to RM1500 per individual. Aims to cultivate and support artistic development and presentation of ideas in imaginative ways despite physical limitation to resources.

[Closed] Cendana: Visual Arts Showcase Funding Programme
Funds to support Malaysian initiatives to organise an art exhibition, residencies, periodicals, publications or catalogues, commissions of art, or innovative presentation via the use of technology. Deadline: 22 June 2020

[Closed] Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform
The programme is intended for independent practitioners who work on a per-project basis and whose practices have been affected by programme cancellations and project changes. Open to practitioners based in the Middle East and North Africa region. Cycle 2 deadline: 30 April 2020; Cycle 3 deadline: 7 June 2020.

[Closed] Serendipity Arles Grant
A Grant of INR 12,00,000 (approximately EUR 15,000)* supports lens-based practitioners from the South Asian region, which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Includes opportunity to exhibit at Serendipity Arts Festival and Rencontres d’Arles, France in 2022. Application deadline: 7 July 2020.

Photography-driven Donation Drives

Shelter Fund
Sale of signed photographic prints to support artists and photographers from the Philippines.

Prints for India
Photographic prints for sale in aid of day labourers, migrant workers and others in India who have been left unsupported during this crisis.

Diversify Photo COVID-19 Relief Print Sale
Diversify Photo is helping people of color who make a living as a photographer and have lost work or are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

[Ongoing – based in Singapore]
Migrant Worker Beneficiary Print Sale by SG Photographers
A collective fundraising effort by eight Singaporean photographers to support migrant workers.

COVID-19 Print Sale Fundraiser by Confluence Collective
In support of NGO caring for tea workers in North Bengal critically impacted by the pandemic.


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