Educational Programme


Representing Pride is a tuition-free educational programme for emerging and early-career visual storytellers with a focus on LGBTQIA+ stories and issues.

The programme consists of an in-person educational residency, in tandem with online modules.

The first edition of the programme brought together photographers from or based in the Mediterranean basin, organised by ĦOLMA and was made possible by  EuroPride 2023

The 2023 edition of the educational programme was mentored by multi-award-winning documentary photograph, artist and educator Tanya Habjouqa.

Discover more about the unique bodies of work created through Representing Pride 2023.


Representing Pride is a high-caliber photography focussed residency for LGBTQIA+ artists, combining in-person and online educational modules. Dedicated to professional capacity building and artistic development for emerging and early-career photographers.

The educational programme is mentored by established and award-winning documentary photographers and artists who have themselves worked with LGBTQIA+ issue and representation in their own professional practice.


Our regional approach encourages a creative spirit that transcends political borders. Striving to spark international collaboration, and cross-pollination of visual traditions and relevant cultural dialogues. This cross-cultural approach expands not only the worldview of the artists involved, but their professional networks and the real-world opportunities such a community can offer.

We strive to work with an international mentoring team, which carries a personal and professional understanding of the specified region.


The participating artists will focus on creating a new body of work, motivated to delve deeper into their artistic practice with the guidance of the mentoring team, as well as develop a stable foundation for the continuation of long-term research and career.

A professional network of photographers and artists from the surrounding region, who will continue to collaborate, provide trusted feedback and share opportunities. 

High-calibre capacity building for regional photographers to further develop their toolkit, network and artistic ability.

The Jury

Representing Pride Jury 2023: Mohamad Abdouni, Creative Director Cold Cuts Magazine, Romeo Roxmann Gatt, Artist & Co-founder of Rosa Kwir, Tanya Habjouqa, Artist, Photographer and Mentor

The Representing Pride jury acts as an independent body tasked with the selection of participating photographers and artists. The criteria for selection focuses on the applicants visual approach and language, technical capacities, their potential for story-building, narrative structure and the relevant conceptualisation to achieve these goals. Representation of a diverse range of stories and storytellers, and the alignment and relevance of the maker to their subject.

Applicants are reviewed by a minimum of three individual jury members who are internationally recognised regional experts and artists from, or focussing on, the LGBTQIA+ community, through a multi-round contest structure.

The jury consists of established artists and photographers working within the region, and whose professional practice corresponds to the theme of Representing Pride.

The Participants

© Mariah Ivie Cutajar; 'The Reclamation of Calypso' 2023 | One of the works created during the Representing Pride 2023 Educational Programme

© Mariah Ivie Cutajar; 'The Reclamation of Calypso' 2023 | One of the works created during the Representing Pride 2023 Educational Programme

Selected applicants receive a tuition-free, complete educational programme over the course of six months, including online mentorship sessions and an in-person workshop held in a part of the region.

The in-person module offers an opportunity for the photographers to mobilise their practice, and provides reimbursement for travel and accommodation of the participants during the in-person module.

Participants are led by the dedicated mentorship team, consisting of internationally recognised, and award-winning photographers and artists, and supported by the HOLMA team, to create new bodies of photographic work. Along with this, additional resources from regional experts and artists whose professional practice corresponds to the theme of Representing Pride are provided.

A partial goal of this educational programme, outside of the long-term benefits of cross-cultural professional pollination, is the development of a new body of work, which will be presented in the form of an exhibition at a prestigious local cultural venue.

Discover more about the incredible photographers and artists involved in Representing Pride 2023 made possible by EuroPride 2023.

Works created during the Representing Pride 2023 educational programme.

Participating Artists:
Charlotte Yonga (CM/FR)
Elijah Ndoumbe (US/FR)
Su Cassiano (IT/FR)
Ugo Woatzi (FR)
Emma Grima (MT)
Mariah Ivie Cutajar (MT).
Two of our participating photographers have chosen to remain anonymous due to safety concerns.

Samira Damatothe director and founder of ĦOLMA. Curator of the Pride Photo Awards, former Head of Education and Exhibitions of NOOR images and curator for the World Press Photo Foundation.

Nadine Rotem-Stibbe
– Design | Digital

Loïs DM
- Community Manager

Daisy Corbin O'Grady
– Project Manager | Programmes

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The Netherlands


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