annual Animal Photojournalism Fellowship

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Guided by Founder and Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and the We Animals Media team, the Fellowship will support one Fellow to cover a photo story about animals used for food, a subject significantly underreported in the media.


The program will support the Fellow in the following:

  • Story development, execution and shooting technique
  • How to investigate animal industries
  • Post-production
  • Promotion of a completed project
  • Using networks and developing partnerships

The Fellow will work remotely with Jo-Anne McArthur over a series of meetings beginning in May/June 2023 for around 6 months. The fellow will receive funding to cover project costs and a stipend for the duration of the Fellowship totalling $6,500 CAD.

Kelly Guerin / We Animals Media


The Fellowship is open to those with a track record of shooting high quality animal photojournalism, and who would benefit from professional guidance on their craft.

Proposals: Applicants must have a clearly defined project pitch that may not otherwise be completed without WAM’s support. The focus of the proposal must be on animals used for food, and must have a beginning and an end. This can be a project that you have already started and need support to finish.

Timeframe: Applicants must be able to commit to the length and time commitment of the Fellowship. The 2023 Fellowship will run for around 6 months and will roughly require 2-3 hours per month during the planning and promotional stages, as well as time in the field. The Fellow must commit to executing their project within the timeframe of the Fellowship.

Applicants must apply as individuals, share animal liberation values and must speak English at a minimum intermediate level. We are especially interested in proposals from those based in or who regularly travel to Asia or Latin America.

Note: there is opportunity for the focus and details of the project to shift during the Fellowship, and some flexibility in timeline.


To apply, please complete the application form below. You will be asked to provide work samples and a proposal for the project you would like to complete within the Fellowship. Applications close on March 31st. We will announce the Fellow in May, 2023.

We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and identities to apply and we look forward to reviewing your applications.

Seb Alex / We Animals Media


Curious to know what this opportunity looked like last year for our first Fellow, Seb Alex? Check out his portfolio here, or his features in Digital Camera World and Plant Based News.

Interested in learning about animal photojournalism but not ready to apply for the Fellowship? Check out our We Animals Media Masterclass, an online and self-paced video series designed to teach the basic foundations of animal photojournalism. The eight episodes follow WAM’s Founder and Photojournalist, Jo-Anne McArthur, as she covers the lessons she has learned from almost two decades in the field.

Or, if you have a story idea not suitable for the Fellowship program but want to pitch us, please do so here.

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