Applications for the Canon Student Development Programme 2021 portfolio review sessions are now closed. However, you can still join our exciting seminar programme with practical advice and insights from acclaimed photographers, editors, and industry professionals. You will also have the ability to view the virtual group portfolio review sessions during 1st – 4th September. Be the first to hear more by signing up now!
Canon Student Development Programme


Before we get started

2020 saw the first digital edition of the Canon Student Development Programme during the International festival of photojournalism, Visa pour l’image. 230 students, over 40 nationalities, from more than 100 schools and universities, were selected to attend the virtual event. The 2020 programme was packed with online talks, webinars and virtual portfolio reviews, with some of the most influential names in the world of photography. The unique four-day programme is back and kicks off in September 2021.

Canon Student Development Programme

During the virtual event, develop your skills, discover breath-taking imagery and have your portfolio reviewed by world-renowned photographers and inspirational editors.

  • Canon Student Development Programme mentorships


    Photography mentorship

    Selected students will be partnered with a professional mentor between July and August 2021, for two online portfolio preparation sessions.

  • Canon Student Development Programme virtual portfolio reviews


    Virtual portfolio reviews

    In September students will present their portfolio in a group review session to receive feedback from industry professionals and their peers.

  • Canon Student Development Programme Canon ambassadors


    Canon Ambassadors

    Canon Ambassadors and former alumni will present their work and share their professional experiences to offer inspiration.

  • Canon Student Development Programme Q&A Sessions


    Online lectures

    Renowned photographers and inspiring editors will share their guidance and vision over industry trends.


    Want to get involved?

    Applications for the Canon Student Development Programme 2021 portfolio review sessions are now closed but you can still take part in our gripping seminar programme. Sign up to Future Focus to register your interest in our seminar programme, gain access to mentorships, exclusive discounts and other live events.

    What are the next steps?

    View below the Canon Student Development Programme key dates.

  • Canon Student Development Programme entry criteria

    1ST APRIL 2021

    Entry criteria

    Applications for the Canon Student Development portfolio review sessions are now closed but you can still get involved in our seminar programme. Sign up now to keep up to date on the inspirational webinars we will be streaming during the event.

  • Canon Student Development Programme choosing the students

    16th JUNE 2021

    Choosing the students

    A dedicated panel of industry experts will review the portfolio submissions and select participating students by the 16th June.

  • Canon Student Development Programme next steps

    18th JUNE 2021

    Next steps

    On the 18th June, 250 students will be notified and asked to confirm their participation by the 30th June.

    Event guidelines will be sent to the participating students in July. These guidelines will help the selected students prepare their portfolios, ahead of the group reviews, during the online event in September 2021.

  • Canon Student Development Programme secure your place

    30th JUNE 2021

    Secure your place

    Selected students will need to provide proof of identity. Evidence of enrolment in the academic year 2020-2021 or accreditation by agencies and magazines.

    This needs to be submitted by the 30th June 2021.

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