FOTODOK sees it as its responsibility not only to create visibility for the work of emerging image makers, but also to support them in other ways. We do this by opening up our network and by being a platform and a place where they can continue to develop.


With Blurring the Lines, FOTODOK, Paris College of Art and Urbanautica Institute offer a stage to graduation talents from more than 40 art academies from all over the world. The highlights of this program will be brought together in a publication and an exhibition during Paris Photo. With this program we also support interacademicdialogue focussing on education and photography.

Lighthouse is a program that FOTODOK started in 2019. Every year we financially support and guide 10 motivated emerging photographers. They have the opportunity to develop a new project proposal with the help of masterclasses and inspiration sessions. With Lighthouse we focus on the artistic development and entrepreneurship of the talents.


With FOTODOK’s talent program Take-Off, we connect recently graduated photography talent to experts in the field. In just a few minutes, the photographers pitch their work to curators, program makers, editors, gallery owners and others who are interested in their work. Take-Off started with a national edition in spring of 2020.In 2021 there will also be an international edition with photographers and experts from all over the world.

Yusser al Obaidi new Head of Talent

FOTODOK is pleased to introduce Yusser al Obaidi as the new Head of Talent! She will lead FOTODOK’s Talent Programs, supporting young creators and encouraging them to push boundaries and experiment.

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FOTODOK is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2024 cycle of Futures: a pan-European photography platform. Farren van Wyk, Gilleam Trapenberg, Hanane El Ouardani, Prins de Vos and Suzette Bousema will each join the Futures network and showcase their work that addresses a range of important contemporary questions…

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Ze is begon als “kleefstagiaire” en groeide uit tot Hoofd Talentontwikkeling, steunpilaar en internationaal ambassadeur van FOTODOK. Nu heeft Lisanne besloten FOTODOK te gaan verlaten om nieuwe uitzichten te vinden.

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FOTODOK launches the second edition of the FOTODOK Talent Embassy, designed to support the involvement of 10 emerging photographers from the Netherlands in esteemed international photography festivals across Europe. The Talent Embassy extends our successful efforts from the Netherlands to an international level, showcasing talents and connecting them to valuable networks. Read more in the jury report and get to know the selected artists!

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In a dazzling display of digital fellowship, Fotodok hosted its sixth edition of Take Off on December 15th, 2023. Spanning four hours, this virtual gathering connected 24 artists and 8 experts from diverse corners of the world – from South America to Asia, creating a tapestry of ideas and perspectives that transcended geographical boundaries. The primary goal was to foster connections between emerging artists and a global network of photography and arts sector experts, including professional photographers, curators, editors, and researchers.

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Lighthouse edition #5 2023-24

FOTODOK’s talent program, Lighthouse, grants a unique opportunity to ten emerging talents selected by a panel of judges. These individuals are given the chance to cultivate new project proposals with comprehensive support spanning six months. These ten artists are dedicated to exploring the creation of new narratives that incorporate various perspectives, empowering the subjects of their work and fostering a meaningful connection with their audience. They do so through a multimedia approach, experimenting with diverse mediums and archival materials.

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Do you want to get connected to an international audience and experts in the photographic field? Is your work ready for the next step? Maybe FOTODOK TALENT EMBASSY is a good match for you. With the Talent Embassy program FOTODOK does internationally what it’s already been doing successfully in the Netherlands: making talents visible and connecting them to a relevant network.

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Open Call Lighthouse 2023/24

Are you an emerging photographer and do you want to engage in a unique program that offers you support, inspiration, and valuable connections in your work field? Sign up for Lighthouse! We help you to develop your cultural entrepeneurship skills and work on a convincing projectplan. You can sign up by sending your motivation, portfolio and cv. The deadline is set to 31 juli 23:59 hr.

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The Impressive Unfinished: A Glimpse into the Creative Processes of Emerging Photographers

FOTODOK Take-Off #5 brought together 25 recently graduated photographers from around the world: from Mexico to India, and even a photographer who called in from a van while traveling through Eastern Europe. The goal of this gathering was to connect emerging artists with an international group of experts on photography or the workings arts sector. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the portfolios from this event.

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Lighthouse Interview #4 Rafael Roncato

For the fourth interview for our Lighthouse series talent program intern Robin Schaap talked to photographer Rafael Roncato. Explore why Roncato turned to photography, what his fascinations in life are and dive a bit deeper in the projects he is currently working on.

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De Kliek Club is a new program in which the exchange and sharing of knowledge are key. FOTODOK researched the current photography education in relation to the professional field. What are the needs, wishes and challenges of places for photography education in the Netherlands and for self-thaught photographers? How can FOTODOK contribute to fulfilling these wishes and needs? 

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