Master Classes Northern Lights

The next step in your photographic career - powered by Noorderlicht - supported by VII

For its 4th edition, the Northern Lights Master Class will enter into a cooperation with the renowned photo agency VII. 
The master class - an international educational program for documentary photographers - is set up by curators Marc Prüst and Lars Boering and powered by the Noorderlicht Foundation in the Netherlands. It sets itself apart by its long-term and in-depth approach to educating working photographers.

As part of the cooperation with VII, the Northern Lights Master Class will each year welcome a participant of the VII Mentor Program into its selected group of participants. This first year, Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy will join the programme that will start in September for its fourth consecutive edition. Noorderlicht is happy to welcome El-Tantawy, whose series 'I'll Die For You' was selected for the 2010 Noorderlicht Photofestival.

For more information on VII, its photographers and projects, including their Mentor Program, see

To apply for the Northern Lights Master Class 2013-2014, please use the registration form. Besides your contact details, we would like to see a small portfolio of 2 or 3 of your best stories. Deadline: 15 June 2013.
We will select and announce the participants who will join us for the programme in Groningen before July 15th.


For the master class a group of maximum 16 participants meets 3 times for 4 days during a period of 9 months at the offices of the Noorderlicht Foundation in the beautiful city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Under the guidance of curator Marc Prüst and Lars Boering of Lux Photo Gallery they will be pushed to make the next step in their careers.

With the aim to give true insight as to how to move their career forward, for each session the group of participants is joined by 2 masters who will talk about their specialty in the photographic business. The masters are not photographers, but all play leading roles in their profession within the business: from directors of photography of magazines, to photographic critics, and from collection consultants to art directors.

More information on the programme, the dates of each session, the names of the masters (provisionary), and to download the registration form, go here:

Previous editions:

  • Masterclass Northern Lights 2012-2013
  • Masterclass Northern Lights 2011-2012
  • Masterclass Northern Lights 2010-2011