Volunteer photographer applications sought for 2014 JazzFest

Beginning today, Monday, Oct. 14, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive is accepting applications for volunteer photographers for the 2014 JazzFest.

The deadline for application is Monday, Nov. 4. However, the number of applications that can be considered by the volunteer program’s jury is 150, so earlier application is advisable, for those interested in participating.

To apply, you may set up a profile at the Call for Entry website, then look for “New Orleans Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers” in the listings.

According to the Foundation, the purpose of the volunteer initiative is to document the 2014 JazzFest, which will be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over two spring weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Volunteers will be selected in three categories, including student, amateur and professional. Participants must be at least 18 years old. All applications will be reviewed by a four-person jury consisting of one member of the Foundation’s board of directors and three volunteer photographer/curators.

The Foundation notes that selected photographers will be asked to use their own gear, if selected. They are also told to understand that their volunteer work will be physically demanding, given that photographers walk many miles a day around the Fair Grounds, whether in rain (an at-least semi-regular festival feature, along with ensuing mud), blaring sun and heat and humidity.

Selected volunteer photographers will be responsible for providing the Archive with a CD or DVD of the images taken at the festival, along with a complete index of images on the disc. The photographers selected will ultimately own all images taken, but with the understanding that they may be used by the Foundation to promote its programs, including the JazzFest.