Mason Mantla - Northern Mentee by Pat Kane

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Huge congratulations to Mason Mantla, selected for my Year-Long Mentorship for Northerners. Mason is a photographer and filmmaker from Behchoko, Northwest Territories on Tli Cho First Nation territory.

I’ve known Mason for a few years now and watched him develop as a filmmaker. I’ve also seen his love for photography grow while he captures life with his family and friends in Behchoko and Yellowknife. Mason’s love for his community and culture is infectious, and I’m really looking forward to working with Mason over the next 12 months. Keep an eye on Mason - he’s doing great things for the North!

Year-Long Mentorship for Northerners by Pat Kane

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Over the past 12 months I’ve had the privilege of offering advice, guidance and support to Amy Badgley of Inuvik, the first person to be selected for my year-long internship. I’ve personally learned a lot through this process and I hope Amy has too – it’s been a great experience and I want to thank Amy for all her hard work. Keep an eye on her, she’s going to do some amazing things!

Now I’d like to offer the same opportunity to another aspiring photographer in Canada’s North. I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have mentors and peers that have elevated my work and encouraged me to tell stories from my perspective and I think it's important to pay that forward. Northerners should be sought out to tell stories from their own unique perspective. It helps create accurate narratives with meaning, and it diversifies the voices in Canadian visual storytelling community.

If you know an aspiring photographer in Yukon, NWT or Nunavut that could benefit from a mentorship like this, please encourage them to apply. There is no cost or strings attached – just a chance to learn more about photography and making great images.  

*Please note, this is not an in-person mentorship so you do not have to live in Yellowknife to be eligible. All you need is access to Google Hangouts or Facebook video and an email address :)

Here's what else you need to know: 

WHEN DOES THE MENTORSHIP BEGIN:

It will start October 2018 and run for one year, ending at the end of September 2019. 

WHO CAN APPLY:

The mentorship is open to anyone of any age living anywhere in the NWT, Yukon or Nunavut between October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Email patkanephoto@gmail.com by September 21, 2018 with the following...

1.     No more than 10 photos that best reflect who you are as an artist, or a link to an online portfolio.

2.     A few paragraphs about yourself and why you want to be considered.

WHAT YOU GET FROM THE MENTORSHIP:

·       Bi-monthly portfolio reviews

·       Weekly assignments and feedback

·       Advice and guidance on any photo related questions (everything from camera techniques to running a business)

·       Opportunities as a photo assistant or 2nd shooter on assignment work, where possible

HOW THE APPLICANT WILL BE SELECTED:

I'm hoping to mentor someone who loves telling stories with pictures, and has a genuine drive to be a better visual artist. The applicants will be judged based on the quality of their submissions, and what they have to say in their short write-up. 

I'll be choosing the mentee in the last week of September, 2018.

Thank you! I’m looking forward to all of your submissions!