3 Day Training

PhotoVoice’s acclaimed 3-day training course provides a comprehensive introduction into designing and running your own participatory photography project. The course covers key aspects of participatory photography including practicalities, methodologies, ethics, participatory tools, facilitation and participatory frameworks.

Designed for those who are wishing to design and deliver a participatory project themselves,  the fast-paced course will provide you with detailed information about the methodology, how it can be developed, and considerations for designing your own programme.

  • What is participatory photography?
  • Photography as a participatory medium
  • Visual literacy
  • Workshop and project design practicalities
  • Facilitation skills
  • Ethics, informed consent and copyright
  • Understanding and working with risk
  • Creating a safe space
  • Working with text
  • Participatory editing

The 3-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding the key principles around  participatory photography, including designing your own project.

The course is suitable for a wide range of participants interested in social change and photography or digital media including: photographers, visual practitioners, voluntary sector and NGO staff, campaigners, statutory sector workers, researchers and academics.

An introductory 1-day training course is available which covers some of the above topics.

PhotoVoice Individual Supporters – £475
PhotoVoice supporters receive discounts to all training courses. Find out how to become a supporter here. Discounted rates are only available for those attending the training in an individual capacity. They are not available for invoiced payments or those attending through payments made by organisations on their behalf.

Standard Rate – £725
Standard 3 day training rate for organisations or individuals who are not part of the supporter scheme.

A limited number of training subsidies are available for the online course upon submission of an eligibility form, and will be considered on an individual basis. Please complete this form for further information. Please note completion of this form does not guarantee a subsidised place will be provided.

PhotoVoice can also provide a range of institutional training courses. For more information, visit Training Courses.

Terms and Conditions for attending PhotoVoice’s training are available here.

Is this course academic?
In parts, yes. We scrutinise the thinking around participatory engagement, considering its ethics and role within the sector. But you don’t need to have any academic background to engage. For academics wishing to attend, the courses tend to talk about the practicalities of running a participatory photography course rather than the academic theory behind participatory practices.

Is this course about PhotoVoice the organisation or photovoice the methodology?
A bit of both. We talk from our experience of having run participatory photography projects for over 15 years, based on the things that went well, and the things that we’ve learnt from.

I’ve completed the PhotoVoice training course. Can I describe myself as a trained PhotoVoice facilitator?
We’re afraid not. We reserve that for members of the core PhotoVoice team, who all contribute to the development of the methodology and its application. You can, however state that you’ve completed the relevant training course. This is to ensure that any subsequent projects you may deliver or work on are not mistaken as being run by PhotoVoice.

After I attend the voice, can I call my project a PhotoVoice project?
We’re afraid not. The word PhotoVoice (particularly with a capital P and V) is protected for projects run by us as an organisation. Some people use photovoice to describe the methodology, but this can cause confusion between us and other organisations, so we encourage people to describe their projects as ‘participatory photography’ projects.

Will the course cover how to fund my project?
Given the international range of attendees at our courses, we cannot provide specific advice about how to fund individual projects, but may be able to help in considering some of the ways in which you might describe or develop your project to funders.

I’ve completed the 1-day/3-day training. Will the other course offer new content?
The 1-day course is an overview of key concepts related to participatory photography. The 3-day course goes into much more detail, and includes additional content too. However, some aspects of the 1 day course are repeated in the 3-day course.

Please visit PhotoVoice’s main site for recent evaluation and feedback of our in-person training courses.

Please note that PhotoVoice’s In-Person training courses are infrequently held. However, if you are interested in attending an in-person course, you can submit an expression of interest by completing the form below.

Alternatively, find out about arranging institutional training here.