The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Seeks New Resident Artist

Three-month residency grants $5,000 stipend

[av_dropcap1]C[/av_dropcap1]alling all photographers, videographers and creative types with a passion for visual storytelling: Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is seeking candidates for its third-quarter 2017 Resident Artist Program. This initiative gives aspiring and/or established photographers and videographers an opportunity to further develop their work and connect with the people and nature of Lee County.

What will the next Resident Artist do? Convey a sense of place, such as what it’s like to catch a tarpon, watch a sunset over the Gulf, glide beneath the mangrove tunnels or experience the River District. The VCB will use these images and video in promotions to show what it’s like to unwind, unplug, explore, gather together and be surrounded by the nature of Lee County.

The program offers a $5,000 stipend and it allows the VCB to use the submitted imagery and/or footage in the destination’s ongoing global marketing efforts. Work from the VCB’s past Resident Artists – Jamie Williams, Dennis Gingerich and Rob Hoovis – is currently incorporated into print, digital and social media campaigns across multiple platforms.

Applicants for the upcoming residency must reside in Lee County full- or part-time. During July to September, the selected candidate will be required to capture 30 digital, high-res photos and/or videos that highlight the unique attributes of different communities within the county. In addition, the selected candidate will be asked to post images regularly to social media and attend a monthly status meeting with VCB managers.

How to apply

• Submit a 500-word statement, share your approach for capturing elements of the destination and state what you hope to gain from participating in the program.

• Provide a link to your online portfolio and your active social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) as well as the numbers of followers/subscribers per channel.

• The deadline for entries is June 9, 2017. The candidate that is selected will be notified shortly after the close of the application period.

“Our next Resident Artist will join a growing list of local creatives whose work has helped us to create high impact visual assets that effectively position Lee County as an attractive tourist destination,” said Brian Ososky, the VCB’s director of marketing. The bureau expects the new set of images to further bolster its Islandology marketing and advertising campaign that celebrates our unique way of life in Southwest Florida.

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau retains full rights usage for images selected. Stipend will be paid in full following program completion. No living accommodations, studio or equipment will be provided. For more information about the Resident Artist Program, or to apply, please visit

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photo by Robert Hoovis

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