Join us as a SNAP 2019 Speaker!

Launch of the 2019 SNAP Aspiring Speaker Programme

Our SNAP 2019 line up roll out is well under way and if you’ve missed all of the amazing sessions we’ve announced so far, you can head here to read all about it.

A huge part of our ethos here at SNAP is centred around delivering a diverse line up of speakers, covering a range of topics with clear and well defined learning outcomes. We think it’s really important for you to be able to evaluate our content against your business and creative development needs and we also think it’s really important to bring you unexpected inspiration and insights.

As part of that we love to bring fresh speakers who aren’t regulars on the speaking circuit. We do this through our Aspiring Speaker programme where we’ll be looking for two new speakers, one from within our existing community and one from within an under represented group.

Keep reading to find out how to apply to join us as a speaker, the process for selection and the benefits you’ll receive if you are selected for one of our places.

 Image by 2019 speaker Polly Rusyn who’ll be joining us to speak about street photography

Image by 2019 speaker Polly Rusyn who’ll be joining us to speak about street photography

Angela Ward Brown, one of this year’s Aspiring Speaker Programme winners, taught a workshop on wet plate photography and also talked about the same topic at The Photography Show as part of SNAP’s partnership with them. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:


The SNAP aspiring speaker scholarship was an exercise in stepping into unknown waters. I had long been confident in my business and my practice, and felt I had some knowledge to offer the community, but was never quite brave enough to step up and teach it; and always slightly cowed by the idea that my contemplative face didn’t fit in the line up of super confident, extroverted speakers (or so it seemed).

So when I saw the SNAP aspiring speaker scholarship advertised I…yes, I hesitated again. But gradually I decided I needed to be the face of my own oft-repeated diatribes about why we needed more women on the stage (ideally not just white CIS women either), and everything I knew of SNAP fitted with my own ethical standpoint, and also my belief that workshops needed to be less fluff and more concrete learning.

As it turned out the uncharted waters were filled with friendly fish. I had tremendous support in every stage of the process, from practical speaker experience, how to communicate effectively, books on how to write my talk & where to pitch it - all from a team of experienced speakers from within the industry who were incredibly generous with their time & thoughts. I felt very much guided through the process.

The talk at the Photography Show was pretty scary, but I had Snapsters in the audience cheering me on. The experience at SNAP itself was very different but easily one of the most rewarding things I have done, as a photographer and as a person.

If you are thinking about applying, do it. I mean, who decides who is enough of a name to get up there & talk? Turns out, you do. Its not about being a rock star photographer (i am barely a Sedimentary/Igneous one - check out the geology joke to measure my level of cool), but about sharing your own unique knowledge and perspective with people who will want to hear it, in the most supported way possible.

 Image by 2019 speaker Catalina Jean who’ll be sharing the SEO skills that mean she gets up to 100 enquiries every month

Image by 2019 speaker Catalina Jean who’ll be sharing the SEO skills that mean she gets up to 100 enquiries every month

What we’re looking for in our two 2019 speakers

  • You’ll be an experienced photographer, who’s running an established business

  • Photography is your main source of income

  • You’ll be open to developing a 1.5 hour talk with clear learning outcomes

  • You agree to adhere to our Community Standards and Learning Manifesto

  • You’re either a member of our existing community or you’re from an under represented group (including but not limited to women, people of colour, gender non conforming people or non-binary people, people with disabilities and the LGBTQI+ community)

  • You do not have significant previous experience as a speaker / teacher / workshop leader within the photography industry (excluding teaching your own individual workshops)

 Image by 2019 speaker Igor Demba who’ll be showing you how to create on brand work in any environment

Image by 2019 speaker Igor Demba who’ll be showing you how to create on brand work in any environment

Benefits for our winners

  • A complimentary ticket to SNAP 2019, including food and accommodation

  • Creative Live - become a better and funnier speaker

  • TED guide to public speaking

  • 2 x 121s with SNAP Founder and Institute of Leadership and Management qualified trainer, Laura Babb to assist with content and presentation development

  • An assessment of other needs with appropriate support allocation if required

  • The ‘under represented group’ winner will also speak at The Photography Show 2019

 Image by 2019 speaker Rafal Bojar, who’ll be talking about cinematic story telling

Image by 2019 speaker Rafal Bojar, who’ll be talking about cinematic story telling

The selection process

If you’re applying from within the existing community:

1) Complete the form below before the 22nd October 2018
2) You’ll be invited to pitch your session at the Autumn Social
3) If you can’t attend the Autumn Social you’ll be asked to create a 20 minute pitch video which we can show in your absence

If you’re applying from an under represented group

1) Complete the form below before the 22nd October 2018
2) Include a link to a dropbox folder with a 20 minute pitch video
3) Shortlisted candidates will be invited to chat with the selection panel

 Image by 2019 speaker Patrick La Roque who’ll be sharing what leads him to approach the world the way he does while reflecting on the deeper meaning of photography—as a job, a craft, an art form.

Image by 2019 speaker Patrick La Roque who’ll be sharing what leads him to approach the world the way he does while reflecting on the deeper meaning of photography—as a job, a craft, an art form.

Whether you’re applying from within the community or from an under represented group, we’ve put together this free webinar, where we talk about what we’re looking for and how to put together your pitch.

We’ll also share some thoughts shortly about the types of subjects you might want to pitch about.

Apply for our 2019 Aspiring Speaker programme

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Introduce Yourself Tell us about any formal education and credentials Tell us about any notable achievements Tell us a little bit about you as a person
Please confirm that photography is your main source of income *
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Please provide a talk description. This can be a rough idea at this stage - we can help you to develop your idea as part of the programme.
Including experience outside of the photography industry
You can find a webinar about what we're looking for with pitches here: http://snapphotofestival.squarespace.com/blog/aspiring-speaker-programme-free-webinar If you are attending the SNAP Social in October you do not need to create a video, you can pitch in person.

The closing date is the 22nd October 2017. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual feedback at the application stage.