Basecamp is our high-intensity photojournalism crash course. Spend a week with editors from national geographic, the new yorker, & vanity fair as well as photojournalists who regularly work for the new york times, washington post, wall street journal, and more. You'll take a project from inception to completion on-location in one of the most culturally interesting sections of the Eastern seaboard (which also happens to be the site of our next issue). Some of the best stories to come out of our week together will have the chance to be recognized and published in this issue of The Collective Quarterly

This is for serious photojournalists who want to hone their skills while connecting with industry professionals who hold the keys to the next chapter of their careers. Prepare to work—hard. This is not a vacation. You’ll be responsible for hunting down potential feature stories, selecting one with the help of your edit team, and workshopping it throughout the week.  

Spaces are limited, so act fast.

Application process is competitive and requires a portfolio submission. 


Where is it?

This gun-slinging workshop will take place over one week in Darien, Georgia, the perfect midpoint on the coast where you’ll be able to access everything from the pristine, antebellum districts of Savannah to the vibrant cultures of the barrier islands off the coast. It's a rare opportunity to take your photography and story senses to the next level by working directly alongside renowned decision-makers at the world’s most prestigious magazines, newspapers, and photo agencies. This trip will challenge your skills and offer you the chance to work with and learn from top professionals. 

Tuition includes lectures, editing, and critiques from renowned photo editors. Participants are responsible for their own food and lodging. Upon acceptance, we'll connect attendees with each so you can can begin interacting and making logistical plans. Additional information on housing options and our meeting site will be sent upon acceptance of your application.

When Is It?

  • Wednesday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 19, 2017
  • Eight days, seven nights.

MEET The Faculty



Kim Hubbard is a freelance photo editor based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She worked as a senior photo editor at the White House for the last year of President Obama’s administration, and before that as a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she was the photo editor at Audubon and Discover magazines in New York City. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri.


don bartletti - photojournalist

Don won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for "Enrique's Journey," a series of photo essays in the Los Angeles Times, about young Central American migrants struggling to reach the U.S. on freight trains through Mexico. In 2015, he was a Pulitzer finalist for "Product of Mexico," a year-long chronicle about the exploitation of farmworkers on Mexican ranches. He retired from the Times after 32 years and is a guest lecturer and teacher at universities and high schools across the country. 


max campbell - The New Yorker

Max Campbell is an independent photo editor and writer. Until recently, he edited The New Yorker's photography blog, Photo Booth, where he produced stories that have been recognized in international photography competitions. Previously, he worked in education at the International Center of Photography, and in digital media at Aperture Foundation. Originally from St. Louis, he now lives in Brooklyn.


benjamin rasmussen - photojournalist

Ben is a photojournalist based in Denver, Colorado. His clients include top national titles such as TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and ESPN the Magazine. He spent his childhood with indigenous peoples in the Philippines, his university years with evangelicals in northwest Arkansas, and a year with the descendants of Vikings in the Faroe Islands.


judith puckett-rinella - Whisper Editions

Judith is the founder and president of Whisper Editions. Previously, she was the photography director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Vanity Fair. She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards and has won two Webby Awards. She also currently serves as the photography director at large for Entrepreneur magazine.


mike belleme - photojournalist

Mike is a photographer based outside of Asheville, North Carolina, where runs a studio and works for clients such as The New York Times Magazine, CNN, MSNBC,, the Associated Press, The Guardian, and more. After spending more than three years living in a tree house in the woods, he now sleeps in a more traditional structure.


What To Expect


Hands-on Work

This is a course for self-starters. Our team has been embedded in the area for months and will give you the lay of the land. But it’s up to you to find potential stories you might be able to spend the week on. We recommend having a car for accessing stories and subjects along the coast. Part of your assignment is access: You may meet your subject at their place of business, but it's important to establish a rapport that allows you to document their home life, what they’re like around town, and more.


Each day, you’ll have the chance to go over your take with your edit team. They’ll provide feedback on your work, unpack what you’ve done well, and make recommendations about what to look for during your next session with your subjects. Attendees will also have the chance to share their work with each other and brainstorm possible approaches together. By the end of one week working with your edit team, you’ll have developed a complete photo story that’s fit for publication. 



Our goal is to facilitate meaningful connections between photographers and editors—as well as a sense of community and support among your fellow attendees. We believe that a vibrant and friendly community leads only to better work and better opportunities for all of us. We want to do everything we can to bring stability to our profession—to serve as a resource, to help hone each other's craft, and to raise our collective game. 

JULY 12 - 19, 2017

$1,250 TOTAL
  • Tuition includes lectures and critiques from award-winning editors and photojournalists working in international photo markets
    • Attendees are responsible for transportation, food, and lodging (we'll have a block of hotel rooms available at discounted rates) 
  • Non-refundable application fee of $28 counts toward total, if selected.
  • Call for applications closes June 11th.
    • Applications after the deadline (until June 28) will be accepted for a late fee of $38.
  • All portfolios will be reviewed, and selected attendees will be notified via email by June 19th.