International Reporting Workshop 2014

An initiative by Oslo and Akershus University College (Norway) and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (Bangladesh).



Through February, March and April 2014 Myanmar Deitta will collaborate with the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA, Norway) and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (Bangladesh) to bring the International Reporting Workshop 2014 to Myanmar.

Led by acclaimed Bangkok-based photographer Philip Blenkinsop with support from Gareth Bright, Munem Wasif of Pathshala and Per Anders Rosenkvist of HiOA, the workshop will bring ten photographers from Norway and seven from Bangladesh together with six Myanmar photographers for an extended program teaching photographic reportage and editing.

Beginning in Yangon in January the program will operate in four sections:

1. Pre course workshop – Yangon (Myanmar students)

    18th - 26th January Reportage: Planning, pitching and shooting a photo-story.

Workshop led by Minzayar and Dr Kaung Htet.

2. International Reporting Program – Yangon (all students)

    5th - 9th February – Photographic reportage workshop.

    10th February – Lectures.

    11th February – Review.

    12th February – Public presentation of workshop pictures.

    13th -14th February – Pitching your story guidance and preparation for fieldwork.

Program led by Philip Blenkinsop.

3. Field work - Myanmar/regional countries (all students)

    17th February - 23rd March – Students to work on their own stories.

Support from Munem Wasif and Per Anders Rosenkvist.

4. Editing Course – Dhaka (Myanmar and Bangladesh students)

    31st March – Travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    1st - 5th April – Reportage editing course, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

    6th April – Return to Yangon.

Final Submission of Individual Stories: End April 2014

Applications are now open for five scholarships for Myanmar photographers and one scholarship for a Myanmar filmmaker (who will submit their final story as video). Click on the Scholarship Applications tab for details.


Minzayar is a Myanmar photographer based in Yangon and currently working for Reuters news agency. His work has been published internationally in the International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian and MSNBC. A founder of Myanmar Image Makers (MiM), Minzayar has also won awards at the Yangon Photo Festival and recently the 9th China International Press Photo competition.

Dr Kaung Htet

Kaung Htet is the Chief Photographer at The Myanmar Times. His coverage of major news events throughout Myanmar has been featured by The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, South East Asian Globe, Inside Org, Getty Images and Reuters. He also works for international organisations including OXFAM, FXB and MSF.

Philip Blenkinsop

Philip Blenkinsop is an Australian photographer who has been working in Asia for more than 20 years and is currently based in Bangkok. Formerly a member of the prestigious Noor agency, Blenkinsop's work has been printed, exhibited and rewarded with numerous awards worldwide.

Gareth Bright

Gareth Bright is a freelance photographer originally from Durban, South Africa, now based in Bangkok, Thailand. Bright works primarily in humanitarian and documentary photography.

Munem Wasif

Munem Wasif is a Bangladeshi phootgrapher represented by Agence Vu. Wasif won the City of Perpignan Young Reporter’s Award at Visa pour l’image in 2008 and has gone on to pick up numerous international prizes. His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Guardian, Politiken, Mare, Du, Days Japan, L’espresso, Libération, Wall Street Journal and many others. Wasif began his career as a feature photographer for the Daily Star newspaper, Bangladesh, after graduating from Pathshala.

Per-Anders Rosenkvist

Per-Anders Rosenkvist is a Swedish photographer and teacher of photojournalism living in Oslo, Norway. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

Myanmar Deitta |

Myanmar Deitta is a not-for-profit civil society organisation committed to developing the resources for documentary photography, filmmaking and multimedia production in Myanmar. The organisation works to develop training opportunities and workshop programs, host photographic exhibitions and screenings of documentary film and multimedia, and provide support for independent documentary projects.

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) |

The photojournalism program run by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at HiOA is the only one of its type in Norway and each year the final semester comprises the International Reporting Workshop. In 2013 the workshop was held in Egypt as a collaboration between Egyptian, Bangladeshi and Norwegian students on the Maybe Tomorrow project ( The 2014 workshop will take place in Yangon, Myanmar.

Pathshala |

Pathshala in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is South Asia’s premier institute of photography and now a fully-fledged media academy. The institute started in 1998 in conjunction with a three-year World Press Photo educational initiative. The first group of six students are now among the world's most prominent photographers whose images have been published in some of the leading publications worldwide.


    1. Scholarships will cover all costs associated with the program.

    2. Scholarship students must be available to attend and complete all parts of the program.

    3. Upon completion of all workshops and fieldwork students will deliver a presentation of their fieldwork assignments which will be graded and receive a course diploma from Oslo and Akershus University College.

Requirements of Scholarship Applicants:

    1. Must be a Myanmar national and between 20 and 30 years of age.

    2. Must understand and speak English (fluency is not a requirement but all parts of the program will be taught in English and so students must have adequate knowledge to follow the workshop).

    3. Must be available to attend and complete all parts of the program as described, including travel to Bangladesh.

    4. Must have access to camera and laptop with editing software throughout the program.

In order to ensure that opportunities for this type of program benefit the greatest number of people, applicants who have already participated in similar international teaching programs are not eligible to apply. If you are unsure whether you are eligible or not please contact us directly:

Application Guidelines:

Please email the following documents to under the subject 'INTERNATIONAL REPORTING SCHOLARSHIPS':

    1. CV

    2. Personal Statement which includes your reasons for applying to the program.

    3. Photographers – Portfolio.

    Between 20 and 30 images, each image 1000px on longest side and saved as jpeg. All images should be saved together as a single .zip file with your own name as the file name.

    Videographers – Showreel.

    Minimum of three recent examples of your own work either sent as video files or as web links to an online platform for viewing.

Potential participants will be called in for a brief interview at Myanmar Deitta before a final decision is made.

**Submission Deadline: Sunday 12th January 2014.**

Good luck!