The Journey

Location:
Dehradun, India

Dates:
September 19-30, 2021

Cost:
Tuition: $5250
Available add-ons include a single room supplement. A deposit of $1000 is due upon registration. Final payments are due 120 days from the start of the event. 

Limited Enrollment:
12 available spaces

Project India 2021

Photographing Nonprofits Workshop

India has a very special place in our hearts at Momenta and we are elated to return to the Northern city of Dehradun. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this remote but large city is alive with nonprofit outreach and storytelling opportunities. It has been almost six years since our last nonprofit workshop in India and we can’t wait to document this region with you.

The beautiful nonprofits of this regions have been fighting the coronavirus outbreak along with seasonal natural disasters, endemic poverty, and dwindling resources. Your work on this workshop will help them share their work with the world and bring greater awareness to the nonprofits that are working day in and day out to create a better, safer, and more peaceful world for their clients.

India’s nonprofits need you. Our previous India programs produced some of the most incredible images in the history of our company and helped to positively shape the communications model for many nonprofits in Dehradun. We are looking forward to returning to see how their programs have expanded and explore the work of new NGOs in 2021. The nonprofits benefit from your brilliant photos by using them to tell their story to the donors and you will learn real-world, in-the-field skills to document humanitarian issues.

You can be a force of change. On this inspirational workshop, you will be matched with a local nonprofit to create a powerful photo essay about their staff and mission. We will have lectures throughout the course, hands-on instruction, as well as daily one-on-one editing sessions. We end our trip together with a celebratory slideshow of the amazing nonprofits from your projects for the public. On the last workshop we hosted in Dehradun, more than 600 students, educators, volunteers, and nonprofit staff showed up for the final slideshow!

Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the FAQs, and trip details. 


Your photography can change lives.

This workshop will be inspirational, challenging, and heartwarming for all who attend.

  • Work directly with local nonprofit staff and clients to support the recovery efforts
  • 1-on-1, personalized editing for each student, every day for an hour or more
  • Use exceptional gear provided by our Official Camera Sponsor Sony
  • The slideshow party in Dehradun and private closing workshop party in Delhi concludes our journey
Be a Force of Change!

The Program

We will start and end our journey in Delhi. Orientation day and first night celebration dinner kick off the program. The next day, our group will travel by train to the beautiful Northern regions and our host city, Dehradun. You will have a meeting with your nonprofit at our hotel and begin photographing immediately the next day.

You will document your nonprofit assignment during the first week. We will take a weekend excursion to visit a holy city on the Ganges for a few days of rest and re-centering. When we return from our trip, the next two days will be spend finishing your photography projects and preparing for the final slideshow celebration. The following day, we will take the train back to Delhi and end our time together with a delicious celebratory dinner.

At Momenta, we believe in the power of photography as a force of change. If you’ve never been on a workshop with us before, we recommend you visit our popular 5 Questions With… series of interviews with our alumni here. You will learn about the #MomentaFamily and the amazing experiences of those photographers who came before you.

When you volunteer your talents to document the tremendous hard work and resilience of India’s nonprofits,  you will be a part of their journey as they overcome challenges and move towards a brighter future. You, in turn, will walk away with a successful photo package to use in your portfolio to showcase your skills to other nonprofits clients and collaborators.

We will focus our work with local NGOs and nonprofits of varying specialization and scale. From health organizations to addiction outreach to women and girls educational programs, workshop attendees will be given the task of creating compelling visual or multimedia narrative packages in collaboration with their assigned nonprofit.

In 2021, our workshops will have increased health, PPE, and safety protocols so you can feel fully comfortable during our small group interactions. As the world begins to reopen, the nonprofits of India will need our help more than ever. Momenta remains committed to supporting you and your documentary learning as you support the nonprofits of India.

We can’t wait to have you join us for this life-changing journey!

What To Expect

  • An unparalleled chance to use your photography skills to help local nonprofits
  • You will receive your own nonprofit partner to work with based on your answers to a detailed pre-workshop student questionnaire
  • Momenta will handle all pre-workshop logistics, including setting up each student with their own nonprofit to photograph
  • You keep the copyright to all your photographs. However, each attendee donates a license to a collection of images to your local nonprofit partner so they can use them to promote the great work they are doing
  • We will provide you with supportive direction and intensive instruction on photo workflow and file management
  • You have the option to participate in nighttime group discussions throughout the trip
  • Each person receives at least one hour per day of 1-on-1, private editing sessions with an instructor to help build your style and skills
  • Orientation lectures guide you on narrative storytelling, elements of a photo story, the importance of documentary photography, & much more

Join Us for Project India!

Meet Your India Faculty

Keep watching as more instructors are added!

Jamie Rose Portrait | Jamie Rose Photography Workshops, Jamie Rose Nonprofit Photography Workshops, Jamie Rose Photojournalism Workshops, Jamie Rose Travel Photography Workshops | Momenta | Momenta WorkshopsJamie Rose

Jamie Rose is a co-owner of Momenta Group LLC. She has worked as an international photojournalist on five continents and has been a contract photographer and communication strategist with some of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations.

In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ IPC’s Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work including from…

…The Alexia Foundation, and the prestigious White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of nonprofit work from Africa. Jamie received her Master’s Degree in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She completed her Master’s thesis photographing volunteer health care workers in the West Bank and Israel. This project established her passion for working with nonprofits and covering humanitarian issues, while earning her a place in the prestigious agency team at Aurora Novus.

Her work has been published in National Geographic Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Her nonprofit clients include The Global Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights among many other local and domestic organizations. Her photo editing skills were rewarded when she was asked to be the lead photo editor National Geographic’s “American Heroes” book.

Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography business development. She has been interviewed twice by Photo District News (PDN), News Photographer Magazine, as well as online publications and podcasts about the importance of nonprofit documentary photography. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, American University, Hiram College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University’s Journalism schools about her work with international nonprofits.

Jamie lives in the heart of the mountain in ski country with her husband and their awesome pound puppy, Cody, in Redmond, Oregon. Her personal work can be seen at http://www.jamierose.net

Michael Rubenstein

Michael Rubenstein is a New York City based commercial/editorial photographer and director. Since 2014, he has been a member of the elite Sony Artisan of Imagery team. Michael has more than 12 years of documentary photography experience with his well known magazine and corporate clients such as The New York Times, NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, Mastercard, Yahoo!, Nike, Budweiser, Mother Jones, and many others…

…Michael graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Science and attended the Ohio University School of Visual Communications before taking a contract position at the Oregonian. In 2007, he moved to Mumbai to cover South Asia with Redux Pictures where he remained until 2010.  His latest home base is just outside New York City but his assignments take him all over the world. 
 
He is a passionate supporter of climate awareness and human rights as well as a champion of his super talented wife’s work. When he’s not on assignment, you can find him surrounded at home with his many (seriously…many!) cats or searching for the perfect fountain pen. See Michael’s work at his website mrubenstein.com and on Instagram
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1. I’m worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Should I wait to register? What if I don’t feel comfortable traveling by then? 

We totally understand! The safety of our students and staff on the ground is paramount to us and we take it very seriously. With the situation on the ground changing so quickly, we want to ensure, when we all gather in person to support the nonprofits who desperately need us, it is the best environment for learning and creativity as well as safety.

As we prepare for all our workshops in 2021, we will continue to follow national and international guidelines for safety protocols and working with our advisors to ensure every precaution possible is made. In addition the usual safety preparations and PPE we use on our programs, we will also be implementing stringent personal and group hygiene protocols during all 2021 workshops.

Since our programs are limited to small groups and are first come-first serve, we recommend putting your deposit in for the workshop program to hold your place. If you decide you’d like to transfer to another workshop in the future, we are waiving transfer fees through January 2022 to allow for you to feel most comfortable with your decision to travel with us. However, for this program, we need to know within 60 days of the workshop if you want to cancel in order to waive your transfer fees.

2. When should I arrive/depart? What’s the general schedule?
The workshop begins at 10 am local time on Sunday and concludes at 11 p.m. on Thursday night after the final closing night dinner and party. A number of attendees choose to arrive a day or more early to get their bearings and get over jet lag. We can help with accommodations at our group hotel during the pre-workshop planning.

3. How do you pick a nonprofit for me? What if I want a very specific nonprofit?
Each attendee fills out a questionnaire to help our staff learn their interests, experience, and goals. The questionnaire is a very important part of our process at Momenta. Your answers will allow us to get to know you and your goals as well as help find the good match with a nonprofit to help you build your skills.

If you want to find your own nonprofit:
We applaud any photographer who wants to try this process out on their own! We love when photographers choose this option because it helps you find the perfect NPO for you. Plus, you learn even more about working with nonprofits as a client when you are able to research and work with them on being your workshop assignment. We still ask you to fill out the questionnaire anyway and indicate this choice on your form.

If you want to search for your own nonprofit, we are happy to work with you to help you find a nonprofit that suits your goals. This is the best way to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your nonprofit assignment for the week and get a little extra learning out of the process.

We have a template email we give you to send to the nonprofits you are interested in joining for the workshop and we also do a phone meeting to help you get started.

If you want Momenta to assign you to a nonprofit:
That’s cool too! We are totally willing to do this for you. You start by filling out the questionnaire we send you approximately 45 days prior to the workshop.

Once we get all the forms in from the attendees and the nonprofits, we will make the assignments and introductions approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the workshop.

4. Who keeps the copyright to the images?
You do. You made them = you own the copyright. A Photo Release Agreement is sent to all parties to sign via DocuSign confirming you are the copyright holder of the images, you give Momenta and the nonprofit permission to use your images for outreach or educational purposes, etc. More details will come on the pre-workshop emails about this process.

5. Do I need a car?
 On this workshop, most people use taxis or tuktuks to get to and from their nonprofit locations.  Most nonprofits are within walking distance from our hotel but, just in case, we recommend budgeting about 10-20$ per day for this expense.

Have a question about Project India?

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Email our staff and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.
You can also give us a call at 202-688-1448.

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