Oculi is expanding: applications now open for the documentary collective

Australian photography collective Oculi is seeking expressions of interest from those keen to join their stable of photojournalists and documentary practitioners. Oculi aims to increase the diversity within the group and give agency to voices previously under-represented in the Australian media landscape.

Interested applicants should supply no more than 250 written words on why they would like to be part of Australia’s leading documentary collective and demonstrate what skill set(s) they possess that would complement Oculi as the collective moves forward into its third decade. Applicants should also send links to their portfolio and Instagram account.

Applications should be sent to central@oculi.com.au with the subject: ‘Oculi 2020 call out’.

The deadline for submission is 15 March, 2020.

To learn more about Oculi, follow this link.

About Oculi

Oculi (latin for vision or eye) is an Australian-based collective of award winning visual storytellers offering a narrative of contemporary life.

Born in 2000 of a collective response to the lack of support for local independent documentary storytelling, Oculi's founders shared a sense of frustration with the limitations in publishing and recognition of their uncompromising stories and images. The collective now sets the tone in Australia and beyond for the best in reportage, and art photography, and is the country’s premier destination for commissioning and licensing work.

At the heart of their projects lies a central conviction: To reveal the beauty, wonder, and struggle within everyday life, and to show the extraordinary in the ordinary. Oculi's position in the industry has been established through a dedication to high quality personal and commissioned work, exhibitions in leading galleries and museums, appearances at major photo and film festivals, and a commitment to mentorship through teaching and workshops.

Oculi members have been recognised with some of the most prestigious awards in photography including: The World Press Photo Awards, Pictures of the Year International, The International Photographer Awards, The American Photography Awards, The Walkley Awards, and The Moran Prize. Their work is regularly published in major periodicals such as TIME, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GEO, Harpers, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Mother Jones, Monocle, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The British Journal of Photography, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others. The group's archives are syndicated by L’Agence VU in Europe, Redux in North America, and Sipa in China.

Current members are James Brickwood, Nick Moir, Jeremy Piper, Dean Sewell, David Maurice Smith, Tamara Voninski, George Voulgaropoulos, Alana Holmberg, and Matthew Abbott.