Rife wants your photography

We’re commissioning young black creatives’ photography. Read how to send in your ideas

At Rife, we want to elevate and nurture work from black creatives by highlighting, supporting and celebrating their work. The first part of our continuing pledge to support black talent is this series of photography commissions for young black creatives.

If you are a Bristol-based black photographer who is 30 years old or under, we want to showcase your photos and the way you see the world.

We would like you to submit photography that tells a story. This might be through portraits, fashion, food or something experimental.

The subjects of the photos and techniques you use are up to you. In return for your work, you will receive £150 per commission, mentoring, editorial support, and peer networking.

You can send in ideas for a brand new series or send in work you’ve already completed but hasn’t been featured elsewhere.

To write to us about a new idea please include the subject matter (like, ‘photos of my friends’), genre (like portraits), theme (like friendship), and why you’re interested in exploring this theme. You can also talk about your use of colour, composition, techniques and show us your references if you think it would be helpful.

If you are chosen to produce one of the four commissions, you’ll create eight to ten shots that will appear on our Rife website.

Send your ideas and/or examples of your work to bex.r@watershed.co.uk by 1st September. We will reply to every submission.

Support more young people to have their voices heard

Rife is Watershed‘s online magazine created for young people, by young people.

We offer paid internships and publish work by young writers, photographers, illustrators, and filmmakers from all sorts of backgrounds, helping them get into creative careers. Rife has reached over 8,000 young people through our workshops, over 220 young people have made stuff for Rife on topics ranging from mental health to identity to baked beans, and last year, over 200,000 people visited our website.

In these complex and uncertain times hearing from and supporting young people who are advocating for social change and contributing fresh perspectives has never been so important. 

Through supporting Rife you can ensure that this important work continues and that more young people have their voices heard.