An ongoing project on Mpu Uteun (The Forest Guardian) by Yoppy Pieter. Yoppy received the National Geographic Society Storytellers Grant in 2022.

Grants help photographers to develop their projects and impact the intended audience. To be eligible to receive grants, photographers need to answer the big question in writing: why do their projects matter?

In the hope of equipping photographers with the framework of writing grant proposal, JIPFest invites Sana Ullah (Senior Program Officer at National Geographic Society) to lead a collaborative workshop. In this one-day workshop, photographers who are interested in applying for grants will discuss things related to grant writing, including:

  • Goals and objectives of their photography projects
  • Budgeting to complete a project
  • Creating effective pitch for their projects

The workshop is designed to be collaborative and includes a sharing session with National Geographic Society’s Explorers (grant awardees) from Indonesia.


Sana Ullah is multimedia journalist with over a decade of experience in creating and producing visual content. She currently works as Senior Program Officer at the National Geographic Society (NGS), where she works closely with the Storytelling Grants Programs. Prior to NGS, she has worked for Discovery, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She currently resides in Washington DC. 

The National Geographic Society (NGS) grants program provides seed funding and support to individuals who are working to address critical challenges, advance new solutions, and inspire positive transformation. Funded projects will incorporate science, storytelling, and/or education, and must align with one or more of the five focus areas: Ocean, Land, Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity. See here for details on the grant. For those who are interested in applying for the Storytelling grants, Sana will be hosting a Portfolio Review for selected photographers. Visit this page to apply for the review.


Schedule: 20 September 2023, 10.00-18.00
Venue: Kala di Kalijaga, Blok M, South Jakarta
Number of participants: 12
Language: English
Fee: IDR 250,000


  • The program welcomes participants of any nationalities
  • Participants must be at least 17 years old
  • Sign up via and complete your payment
  • JIPFest program manager will be in touch with you prior to the workshop to inform the logistics

If you need further info on the workshop or travel suggestions for overseas participants, please contact Tasya at or +62 877-7155-0231 (WhatsApp only).