Open Call! Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers 2017!

Ever wanted to photograph Jazz Fest from the inside? This great experience is awaiting your submission!!! I highly recommend any photographer I have taught to get your portfolio together and submit now!

Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographer Program 2017


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 other 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.

 Dates: April 28-30 and May 4-7, 2017

Festival Location: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119


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 the images taken at the festival. Without all submissions there will be an historical gap in the documentation of the 2017 festival. Any photographer who does not submit their images will not be in good standing with the Foundation. 

 Juried Process

A three-person jury of photographers will select photographers based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit (75%)
  • Experience photographing live cultural events and/or professional reliability (25%)

 How to Apply
Set up a profile at http://www.callforentry.org The application can be found in the Call For Entry listings under “New Orleans Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers” beginning Saturday October 15, 2016 and the deadline to apply is Sunday, November 27, 2016. Direct all questions to archive@jazzandheritage.org

No more than 150 applications can be accepted.

ALL Inquiries can be directed to:

Rachel E. Lyons, Archivist

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
901 Toulouse St.
New Orleans LA 70112


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