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A 10-month, full-time, up-skill programme.
Aimed at fast-tracking African womxn photographers and videographers
Providing an immersive, mentored,
fully-funded photography & videography
fellowship to young African womxn
real-life shoots with
who become mentors
at Lampost Productions
Applications for 2021
@lampostluminaries Will open on the 1st June 2021
As a group of women with over 3 decades of experience in the photographic, fashion and advertising industry, we want to uplift other creative womxn, share our knowledge, mentor and award well-deserving womxn an opportunity to influence culture and change the visual storytelling world.
- Jodie Ennik.
The women behind Lampost Luminaries
Jodie has been a consistent and highly respected contributor in many areas of the local fashion and advertising industries for two decades.
Most notably Jodie was the Founder of the premier photographic production and creative management companies Lampost and Lustre.
As creator of the Rise Creative Mentorship Program, Jodie’s passion for sharing knowledge and upskilling photographers was solidified.
A further and more singular vision has been born in the form of her latest venture, Lampost Luminaries.
Kassie built her career as a creative director over 3 decades, expressing her creativity through design, branding and art direction. Leading small and large teams of creatives within the advertising industry, she found out her strength is mentoring and guiding the energy of the next generation of creatives.
Over the last 4 years, Kassie's work has developed into a deeply collaborative way of creating which has led her to give her time and energy to exploring positive social impact through creativity.
A multifaceted creative force to be reckoned with. Nandi runs Mamakashaka, a creative agency based in Johannesburg that creates content for individuals, brands and communities within the Arts, Culture & Lifestyle industries.
In parallel to the agency offering of her business, Nandi is best known for her womxn advocacy as well as her brands. Bloom, a platform dedicated to inspiring and empowering the female creative community, Feel Good Series her monthly performance platform for emerging dj’s and live performance acts and her colour themed fashion party Pantone Sundays.
Our 2020 fellowship programme
In November 2019 Lampost launched Lampost Luminaries, a 10-month fellowship programme. The programme was a proclamation to all emerging female creatives on the cusp of greatness to take a journey with us. The response was incredible, ranging from self-taught applicants to graduates entrusting us with their profound stories and curated portfolios. Our panel carefully and rigorously went through each submission first independently, then as a group. After much discussion and debate, we were left with 12 finalists. The second phase was a face-to-face with each shortlisted candidate. We encountered so many talented, inspiring hopefuls but thankfully after final deliberation, the panel came to an unanimous decision and on 21 December 2019 we had our four inaugural recipients!
The final 4 were introduced to the industry in early February 2020 and embarked
on their 10-month up-skill programme immediately.
In March, with the pandemic bringing forth the hard lockdown we became creative, utilising our resources to run the programme virtually through video mentoring, workshops, skills training and regular communication. Despite a disruptive first year, the 4 women were able to complete their 10-month programme with 10 projects under their belt, thanks to the team at Lampost Luminaries, our network of photographers, videographers, artists and industry leaders. We could not have accomplished what we did without the passion, time, valuable equipment and resources from our partners and sponsors. Embarking on a programme takes vision, dedication and commitment -
at Lampost Luminaries we are proud to say that we have plenty of these characteristics.
Our 2020 Graduates
Lebogang Tlhako, Basetsana Maluleka, Thalente Mitchell Khomo and Lili Bo Ming
Our 2020 Mentors
"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of the individual is the team". - Phil Jackson. These words ring true for our relationship at Lampost Luminaries with our amazing mentors who have given the fellowship their time, creative spirit and collective knowledge to make the programme a success. Below are images from the projects they lead the women through in 2020.
9 Projects in 10 months
Applications for 2021
Will be announced on @lampostluminaries in June 2021
Our 10-month up-skill programme fares best with a face-to-face, hands on approach to enable the best transference of knowledge from mentors and teachers. We want to create the safest environment for our chosen Luminaries given our current circumstances and the pandemic .
We look forward to seeing your submissions for our Fellowship when we are open!
We'll be documenting the career paths of our 2020 Lampost Luminaries on our website and IG account,
keep up to date with all the exciting news .
We cannot do this alone
Much gratitude goes out to our sponsors and partners who helped make our first year possible.
We call upon the industry to support the fellowship going forward as we strongly believe in collaboration, partnership and sponsorship to make Lampost Luminaries a success
for every womxn entering the programme.
Let's talk about how we can join forces on this wonderful initiative.
All images by Lampost Productions
Who is eligible to enter?
Previously disadvantaged Womxn who are South African citizens.
Would I be able to enter if I have not studied photography or videography?
Yes, a formal photography education is an advantage, but is not required.
What if I'm still studying?
This might make it difficult to manage the Lampost Luminaries full-time fellowship programme. It is advisable to finish your studying first.
I am a videographer, but not a photographer – can I still apply?
Will this be an annual fellowship ie can I apply - application date will be announced on @lampostluminaries January 2021.
If I don't really have many clients would letters of referral from my lecturers suffice?
Is there an age limit for applicants?
The age limit is between 18 – 50.
I live in Cape Town. Would I be considered if I apply?
All previously disadvantaged South African womxn photographers and videographers would be considered but the programme is run in Johannesburg so you would have to be locally based.
I'm a self-taught photographer who's taken up photography in my 40s, can I still enter?
Would you consider a wedding photographer's portfolio?
A wedding photographer will be considered, but we are looking to up skill high-end commercial, fashion and fine art photographers.
Are there specific styles of photography more likely to be chosen?
We are aiming to up-skill the next wave of successful womxn photographers who would be able to shoot big campaigns in fashion editorial, advertising, fine art, short films, art exhibitions.