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Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographer Program, 2014

From the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation:
Through November 4, applications are being accepted for the 2014 Jazz Fest Volunteer Photography Program.
The Volunteer Photographer Program is a community outreach project of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Archive. The mission of the program is to provide documentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell for the Foundation Archive. This documentation goes beyond the stages and music to include the “internal culture” of Jazz Fest - the food, art, culture and people who attend the festival. These aspects are crucial in making Jazz Fest an annual success. 
The program joins photographers, from a variety of backgrounds, with the Festival and Archive to provide the unique experience of photographing the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Volunteer Photographers must be at least 18 years of age.
Applicant categories:
- Student
- Amateur
- Professional
Position Description & Requirements
Volunteer Photographers must be able to manage and edit hundreds or even thousands of digital images and understand that the work of photographing the Jazz Fest is physically demanding. Photographers often walk many miles a day around the Fair Grounds Race Course and are responsible for their own photography gear. There can often be a variety of weather conditions - rain (lots of mud) or shine (lots of dust) and in potentially *very* hot weather.
Selected volunteer photographers are responsible for providing the Archive with CDs of the images taken at the festival along with a complete index of images on the disk. The images are owned by the photographer and may be used to promote the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and for non-commercial and educational purposes. All rights, responsibilities and obligations on the part of the Foundation and the photographers will be outlined in a separate Terms of Agreement for those invited to participate.
Juried Process
A four-person jury consisting of one member of the Jazz & Heritage Archive Committee and three photographers/curators, plus two non-voting members who are the Jazz & Heritage Archivist (non-voting) and a Festival Representative (non-voting) will select photographers based on the following criteria:
Artistic Merit (60%)
Experience photographing live cultural events and/or professional reliability (40%)
Festival Dates: April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014
How to Apply
Set up a profile at; the application can be found in the Call For Entry listings under “New Orleans Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers” beginning Monday, October 14, 2013, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013. All questions should be directed to
No more than 150 applications can be accepted.
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