Eddie Adams Workshop Applications 2023

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The Eddie Adams Workshop

Jeffersonville, NY, USA

October 6-9, 2023

The Eddie Adams Workshop is the only tuition-free seminar of its kind. It began in 1988 to redress the exclusivity of professional opportunities by accepting students based on their demonstrated skills and not on their ability to pay tuition. To attend, emerging photographers submit portfolios for consideration. A committee of industry leaders then selects one hundred students based solely on the merit of their pictures. During the Workshop, students team up with top professional photographers and editors for a four-day gathering that includes assignments, portfolio reviews, panel discussions, and presentations. The volunteer faculty and staff, many of whom are alums, are passionate about the mission and donate their time and expertise.

Please read the Application FAQ below before applying. For more information on the program and travel & lodging costs, please visit our website here.



Application Process: 

The Eddie Adams Workshop accepts 100 students each year. Half are college students, and half are emerging photographers with less than 6 years of professional experience. All U.S. military photographers are eligible to apply as professionals. Candidates are required to submit the following:

· online application

· personal statement

· portfolio of 12-20 images

· $45 application fee

All completed and eligible applicants will first have their portfolios reviewed by our admissions committee. In the second and final round, another committee of industry professionals will vote on the final 100 portfolios accepted into the Eddie Adams Workshop.  Applicants who do not get accepted may apply again for future Workshops. EAW alumni are not eligible to apply again.


Applications will close June 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST.


To be eligible, you must be a college student, an emerging photographer with less than 6 years of professional experience, or an active  U.S. military photographer.

College students must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and have an active school email address when their application is submitted. Applicants who graduated in December 2022 and are between graduate programs are eligible to apply as college students. If you are currently not enrolled but have been accepted to an accredited college or university and will be enrolled in Fall 2023, you are eligible to apply as a college student.  

"Professional experience” is defined as earning a portion of income working as a photographer for publications in a given year. Anyone with less than six years of "professional experience" can apply. If you have questions about your eligibility, please reach out to producer@eaworkshop.org

Application FAQ

What does “tuition-free” mean?

Tuition refers to the cost of instruction. Since all faculty, photo editors, and support staff donate their time as volunteers, we do not charge a fee for the program or access to our faculty. However, we charge a room & board fee of $375 to cover your four days of lodging and meals during the Workshop. Participants are also responsible for their travel costs to and from the Workshop.

Can I get a deadline extension?

No. The final extended deadline is June 5, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

What kind of pictures should I submit?

Your portfolio should reflect your vision as a photographer. You may submit a variety of images, multiple images from a single photo series, or a little of both. Our portfolio reviewers are looking for a combination of talent and potential. We want to see your strongest work, whatever you feel that may be.

Is there an age requirement?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Can I apply if I don’t live in the USA?

Yes. If accepted, we will provide an official letter of invitation for your B1 or B2 visa application and a letter of support to your consulate if needed.

In what language is the Workshop conducted?

The Workshop program is in English.

Can I apply if I applied before and did not make it?

Yes. You may apply as many times as you want, but you can only participate once.

Can I submit captions or an artist statement to explain my series?

No. Acceptance is based on the content and quality of images in a portfolio. Artist statements and captions will not be considered.

Can I leave the metadata in my files?

Yes. Metadata that includes a time stamp, location, copyright, date, and camera settings are ok to leave.

Can I submit a video?

No. At this time, we do not accept any video submissions.

I am not a photojournalist; can I still apply?

Yes! The Eddie Adams Workshop accepts all genres of photography.

I want to submit diptychs. Will they count as one or two images towards my 20-image maximum?

Diptychs count as one image. Therefore, the two images should coherently work together as one image. Do not include diptychs just to show more work.

When will I be notified if selected?

We will announce the Eddie Adams Workshop class of 2023 by mid July, 2023.

If selected, can I come for part of the program?

No. Participants must stay for the entire program to attend. Students arrive the afternoon of October 6, 2023. Participants depart the morning of October 10, 2023.

Anything else I should know?

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intensive four-day experience. The program is packed from early morning to late night with guest speakers, assignments, team edit sessions, presentations, panels, and portfolio reviews.

Covid Policy

We’ll post our official 2023 Covid Policy when students are selected in early July. We base much of our policy on NYS DOH recommendations, so are awaiting potential updates for this Fall. Even after our policy is in place, we do reserve the right to make changes as needed leading up to the event.

Please reach out to producer@eaworkshop.org with any questions. 

Eddie Adams Workshop Applications 2023