JazzFest seeks volunteer photogapher entries

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive is taking submissions now through Nov. 30 for its annual Volunteer Photographer Program. Those chosen will receive full photo access at and will help document the 2011 JazzFest, which will be held at the Crescent City’s Fair Grounds Race Course from April 29 to May 1 and May 5 to 8.

The archive will accept no more than 150 entries this year, so applicants must get their application and materials to the foundation as soon as possible. For more information or to apply online, you may go to Call for Entry.

The program is a community outreach effort of the foundation’s archive. Selected volunteers will join photographers from a variety of backgrounds in helping document the festival, which has been held in New Orleans since 1970.

The rules and basic information regarding entry are as follows:

  • Anyone working as a volunteer photographer at the JazzFest must be at least 18 years old.
  • Categories for applicants are: amateur, student and professional.
  • The Foundation Archive will consider a volunteer’s images to be owned by the photographer. The images may be used by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation for non-commercial and educational purposes only. All rights, responsibilities and obligations on the part of the Foundation and the photographers will be outlined in a separate Terms of Agreement.
  • The organization will hold volunteer photographers responsible for providing the archive with a CD or DVD of images taken at the festival. along with a complete index of images on the disk.
  • Applicants must also remember, the archive suggests, that volunteers must not only be prepared to manage hundreds of photos a day, but to take photos under sometimes adverse conditions, including rain, thick mud, and extremely hot and humid weather. Volunteers will also have to walk several miles a day around the festival grounds.