Join the Authority Collective
The Authority Collective is a network of more than 200 women, non-binary and gender expansive people of color working in the photography, film and VR/AR industries.

Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.

To join, you must:
     • Be a woman/non-binary/gender expansive/trans person of color.
     • Be actively working in or working toward a career in lens-based visual media — as a photographer, videographer, VR/AR specialist, producer, etc.
     • Have a commitment to making photography and film industries more equitable by holding decision-makers accountable for employing anti-oppression frameworks in their practice.

We’ll connect with each applicant personally after receiving your response. To be admitted into the collective, you must be willing to ACTIVELY work with us in furthering our mission to shake up the industry.

As a member of the Collective, you’ll have access to:
     • Community events and internal newsletters with job, event, mentorship, grant and scholarship opportunities
     • A pool of resources including academic readings, contact lists and guides for navigating the industry, working with editors, pricing, etc.
     • Private Slack + Instagram Friends groups to share concerns, promote your work, ask questions, seek mentorship opportunities, etc.
     • A community of badass folks of color who have your back :)

PLEASE NOTE: Starting in January 2021, we will be accepting members on a quarterly basis only. Thank you!

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Email *
How long have you been working professionally? *
You must be working as a full-time professional in photo, film, VR/AR to join the Authority Collective. If you’re not a professional but are working on it, please reach out to us at!
Your Name *
Your Website or online presence *
You must have a professional website or social media account that features your visual media work.
Where are you based? *
What visual medium is your primary focus? *
You may select more than one option.
Which are the primary spaces you work in? *
Do you identify as a person of color? *
Person of color = a person who is not white as proscribed by social and cultural understandings of race and ethnicity.
What do you hope to gain from joining Authority Collective? *
In what ways do you want to see Authority Collective be active in the photography/filmmaking world?
Do you identify as a woman, non-binary, femme, gender non-conforming or transgender person? *
What pronouns do you use?
Are there any other identities you’d like to share with us?
Ex: gender identity, sexual orientation, immigrant, parent, etc.
How did you hear about us?
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