A young woman holding a camera with a telephoto lens crouching down in a park and taking a close-up photo of wild flowers

The British Council is looking for delivery partners in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Academy programme and a series of photography workshops and exhibitions to be presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum in London.

The main aim of the project is to listen to the stories of young people in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and deepen their relationship with nature and the environment through the creative medium of photography.

The programme aims to:

  • empower young people to connect with nature
  • engage young people in wildlife storytelling and nature photo documentation
  • build confidence in young people to begin conversations about ecology and climate change, and how these issues are affecting their surroundings and communities
  • co-curate a final exhibition with partner organisations
  • develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with partners that inspire, challenge and explore our understanding of the natural world and biodiversity.

The local partner will be required to:

  • identify local schools or other organisations to recruit and shortlist all participants for the programmes in Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan
  • host and facilitate the workshop programme
  • produce (printing, framing, exhibition design) and host the exhibition and related events
  • prepare a report and evaluation of the programme.

Eligibility criteria

  • We are able to accept proposals from organisations based in Almaty and Tashkent. We will accept proposals from consortiums of teams/organisations, but all partners and spaces required must be based in the above cities and should demonstrate the skills and capacities specified below.
  • We invite proposals only from organisations or individual entrepreneurs who can demonstrate relevant experience in organising international cultural events and conferences, and who have the team and resources required for delivery of the programme and the financial capacity to administer the budget.
  • The programme will be delivered in person. The delivery partner should have strong skills and experience of conducting outreach projects with young people aged 15–17 and have the technical expertise to digitise the various activities.
  • The local delivery team should have a good knowledge of English and be able to communicate with UK partners.
  • Organisations who apply must confirm that the planned programme and activities will be delivered according to the key dates and that they will provide the British Council with the required reports.

Proposal requirements

The online application consists of:

  1. motivation letter to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience outlined in the eligibility criteria
  2. brief description of the delivery team and their relevant experience and skills
  3. budget proposal.

Following the selection process, the British Council may conduct an online interview with shortlisted applicants.

Indicative timeline

A detailed timeline for the workshops and exhibition will be discussed with the selected partner.

  • 16 November 2023: Open call – Delivery partner launch
  • 30 November 2023: Deadline for the submission of proposals
  • 10 December 2023: Delivery partner confirmed
  • January – March 2024: Workshop preparation process
  • April – June 2024: Workshop programme delivery and exhibition

Please download and read the Terms of Reference for the local delivery partner with details about programme phases, technical requirements, budget recommendations. See the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Application process

To submit your application, complete the online form by 30 November 2023.

Applications must be submitted in English.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you don’t receive an email from us by 10 December 2023 at the latest, your application hasn’t been successful.

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