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Edinburgh International Festival Seeking 2014 Photographer

Edinburgh International Festival Seeking 2014 Photographer

The Edinburgh International Festival and The Morton Charitable Trust are now inviting emerging photographers to apply for the position of Festival Photographer 2014.

The opportunity for an emerging photographer, based or studying in Scotland gives them unparalleled backstage access across the Festival to artists, staff, technical set up, rehearsals and events to bring together a rich archive of images of the Festival. Online galleries throughout the Festival in August can be seen on the Festival website eif.co.uk, and their work is promoted through the Festival's Facebook and Flickr presences and an exhibition of their work mounted in the autumn.

The position, which comes with a £3,500 award, allows the photographer to develop contacts with a range of media outlets, artists, venues and agencies through the Festival period, providing a strong launch pad for their future career in the profession.

Jonathan Mills, Festival Director, said 'The creation of this opportunity for an emerging photographer, established through the support of The Morton Charitable Trust, is building a wonderful archive of images of the Festival which capture its effect far beyond the performances. It opens doors to a huge array of media and artistic contacts which can stand the winner in great stead for their future career. We look forward to welcoming another talented photographer to the team for Festival 2014.'

Stuart Armitt, Festival Photographer in 2013, said 'There is no denying the challenges that face new graduates within the creative industries today. To be offered the role of the International Festival's official photographer 2013 was not only a great privilege but could not have come at a greater time in the development of my career.

'To say that I have grown in confidence as a photographer is an understatement. Creatively and technically my work has vastly improved; however it is in my professional development that this role really comes into its own. This opportunity has focused my mind on my future development and who I want to be as a photographer. To be offered the opportunity to be part of this festival in the most creative of ways was a privilege. You are allowed access to nearly every part of how a festival on this scale is put together and the people that make it happen. These people made this experience truly unforgettable.'

Those looking to apply can find more information at eif.co.uk/festival-photographer. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 17 February.

Previous winners of this position include Edinburgh based photographers Claudine Quinn (2010), Eoin Carey (2011), Sally Jubb (2012) and Stuart Armitt (2013).

Stuart's exhibition of work from Festival 2013 is currently running at The Hub.

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