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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS- 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia

Apply now Job no: 510580
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Georgia
Categories: Communication / External Relations, Consultancy




UNICEF in Georgia seeks to obtain a globally representative coverage of the situation of children as well as UNICEF support in the country.  In view of this we would like to select local professional photographers who will be included into the UNICEF Roster and work with UNICEF, when required, to provide professional photographic services.


Key requirements for photo coverage:

  • The main task of the photographer will be visual storytelling, human interest stories, web photos, photo essays on topics/projects selected by UNICEF
  • Images should always focus on the situation of children and women or UNICEF’s programme response.
  • Technical quality -- exposure, framing. The ability to evoke emotion combined with a personal vision and commitment to the people and issues being covered.
  • Photographers must be appropriately sensitive and adhere to ethical norms and standards of reporting on children.  On assignment for UNICEF, they represent UNICEF to the people they are photographing. 
  • Photojournalists who are more attuned to stories 'behind the news' are considered to be more appropriate. Only those photographers who have experience in documentary photography are invited. 
  • photographers have the right to be credited, implying that their name should accompany all originals and reproductions of their work;
  • Photographer supplies all photographic equipment, professional digital camera and a range of accessories, and agrees to provide rough edit selections of best images, with complete caption information.
  • Professional photographers are expected to supply complete caption information in word document running caption list that references the file name of each image, with appropriate background information.  All subjects should be identified by what they do, if not self-evident. Names for all people are NOT necessary. Please provide names (and, for children, ages) if a story is related to them. Names of places are essential, including whether the location is a village, town, district or whatever.
  • Undertake field trips throughout Georgia to ensure the coverage of the situation of children in the country. UNICEF will provide necessary travel arrangements;
  • All digital images together with complete caption information should be submitted to UNICEF Georgia Communication Officer. The delivery time must be agreed before each assignment.



Criteria for editing photos includes selecting images that

  • successfully capture and emotionally express the core elements of the situation assigned for coverage;
  • cover a range of related subjects (different components of country programmes and/or emergency operations, as well as general photographs that illustrate the real, positive and negative, situation of children and women);
  • provide different visual perspectives (close-up, medium range, long distance), in both horizontal and vertical formats;
  • are technically good (properly exposed, processed and framed).


Technical requirements for photos


  • UNICEF uses images for a variety of purposes, requiring that digital images be of sufficient quality – resolution – to ensure quality print, as well as web, reproduction.
  • The current standard for professional digital originals is:

    • The MINIMUM accepted resolution is 2000 x 3000 pixels or 6 megapixels with zero compression; PREFERRED is 3000 x 4000 pixels or above;
    • Please shoot RAW or JPEG FINE formats. Largest, non-compressed original files must be submitted – on DVDs;
    • DO NOT compress JPEGs for transmission unless source locations are excessively slow. Never compress more than 30 per cent
    • Keep all digital images for UNICEF final edit / selection. 
    • Maintain images in the sequence in which they were shot, so the shoot logic can be easily traced.


Copyright information


  • UNICEF has first selection rights to all originals taken on this assignment with non-exclusive concomitant world rights in all media in perpetuity.
  • All images not selected by UNICEF (the 'outs') are returned to the photographer with related rights. Photographers who have sold their photographs to UNICEF may, on arrangement, have access to the originals to duplicate for their own use, with the understanding that this use not conflict with UNICEF policies;
  • UNICEF holds non-exclusive world rights in perpetuity.



Evaluation Criteria

The most important criteria for selecting a photographer is the demonstrated quality of their documentary work, preferably taken in diverse situations. Technical quality – exposure, framing, diversity of perspectives and lighting – is as important as subject treatment, because it is technical expertise in the broadest sense that makes photographs effective. Photographs communicate on a literal and an emotional level: it is on both these levels that they convince. The ability to evoke emotion that faithfully reflects the reality of the moment is a technical (professional) ability, combined with a personal vision and a commitment to the people and issues being covered.

The interested candidates are requested to submit the cover letter with the following documents attached:

  • CV
  • Portfolio – photographs to evaluate the professionalism of the candidate
  • Availability
  • Fee rates (per hour and per day)


    For additional information please contact UNICEF Programme Assistant Nino Dzotsenidze, tel.: 2 23 23 88 / 2 25 11 30, ext 229.


    The interested candidates are requested to submit their proposal before 18:00 p.m. of 21 February 2018 to the following email address.

Advertised: Georgian Standard Time
Applications close: Georgian Standard Time

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