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 1 day training rate for organisations or individuals who are not part of the supporter scheme.

PhotoVoice also can provide 1 day training in institutions or organisations globally. More information can be found here.

A limited number of training subsides are available for the three day course upon enquiry and will be considered on an individual basis. Please email: training@photovoice.org for more information.

Normally, courses will contain a maximum of twelve participants.

PhotoVoice reserves the right to cancel courses and change workshop dates at any time without liability; in this event you can transfer your booking to another date or receive a full refund of the fee paid. PhotoVoice cannot refund any travel or accommodation expenses.

If you have to cancel your place but have found someone to replace you, no fee will be charged.

If you wish to cancel up to 4 weeks prior to the delivery date, a 10% administrative fee will be applied to your refund. Please note: if you transfer your place to a subsequent date, you cannot receive a refund if you cancel the new date.

The following charges will apply if you wish to cancel :

  • More than 4 weeks prior to the event – 10%
  • 4 -2 weeks prior to the event – 50%
  • 2 weeks – 100%
  • Non attendance on the day – 100%

By booking on to the course, you agree to these terms and conditions.

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.

“The facilitation was excellent, and ‘led by example’ in terms of showing how a really good project could be run.”
Nov 2017

“Very interesting workshop with very interesting people. I would suggest to my university to organise such workshops with PhotoVoice.”
May 2017

“A great course that really highlighted what participatory photography is and consistently came back to the core principles. Great facilatation and working with the group to identify what the needs and interest were and to tailor these to meet the expectations of the group.”
Jul 2017