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Each year the International Festival and The Morton Charitable Trust join forces to award an emerging photographer the role of Edinburgh International Festival Photographer. 

Recruitment for the 2016 International Festival Photographer is now complete. Please look out for future opportunities. 

Good quality photography is one of the cornerstones of the International Festival’s visual identity. By capturing the International Festival through strong, sophisticated and impactful images, the Photographer aids the organisation by representing the inspirational artists and cultural experiences that the International Festival presents. Each year, we look for a photographer who can capture images that are sophisticated and impactful and communicate with energy the experience of the International Festival.

The position allows the photographer to develop their contacts with a range of media outlets, artists, venues and agencies throughout the International Festival period, providing a strong launch pad for their future career in the profession.

The role is for an emerging photographer based or studying in Scotland and is supported by a £3,500 award.

The Photographer works closely with International Festival staff to capture all aspects of our events, giving them access to artists, staff, rehearsals, audiences and events to bring together a rich portfolio of images. The Photographer explores the International Festival behind the scenes – attending rehearsals, capturing social events, documenting artists in the city, and witnessing first hand the work that goes in to making the International Festival happen, as well as capturing the audience experience and the buzz across the city throughout August.

The Photographer’s work is showcased online and is promoted across Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and more. An exhibition of their work is mounted each autumn at The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre.

Our 2015 photographer, Alex Aitchison, photographed artists including Robert Lepage, Simon McBurney, FFS, Lang Lang, Sylvie Guillem and Juliette Binoche, as well as countless other backstage and front of house moments throughout the International Festival. The results of Alex’s work are showcased in his Re:Create exhibition at The Hub, which runs through to spring 2016 and is free to attend. 

Reflecting on his experience as Edinburgh International Festival Photographer, Alex said: ‘Working for the International Festival provided me with really valuable experience and contacts, and allowed me to showcase a wide range of skills to future clients. Having a keen interest in how photography is used online and through social media as a way of sharing both personal and collective experiences, being able to capture how a whole range of people experience and take part in the International Festival, was a fantastic opportunity through which I met and photographed an amazing spectrum of people and places, which the Festival could then showcase and share online.'

Speaking about the role, Fergus Linehan, Festival Director commented: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for a new photographer looking to gain experience in a new career. Not only do they have an access all areas pass, they have the chance to make relationships and grow their profile with a huge range of creative and exciting people, both artists and media, taking part in the International Festival. The International Festival must thank The Morton Charitable Trust for their commitment in supporting this post, which benefits both the International Festival and the photographer hugely. We look forward to discovering another new talent in 2016 and taking them with us on an incredibly exciting adventure.’

The Edinburgh International Festival Photographer is supported by The Morton Charitable Trust.