Applications Open for Photographer in Residence Program

by Elizabeth Lee
February 24, 2018

We are announcing applications for our Photographer in Residence program.  Last year our inaugural Photographer in Residence, Kieran Kesner was selected from over 200 applications.  Kieran joined the CyArk team on expeditions to Myanmar, Thailand, Peru and Canada to capture our work at these incredible sites and to share their history and culture with a wider audience.  

See a sample of Kieran’s work with CyArk at Bagan, Myanmar and Chavin de Huantar, Peru

Photographer in Residence (6 month residency)

CyArk is a non profit organization founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world's cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for decades to come. Since inception we have recorded over 200 monuments on all 7 continents. We assist those who work to manage and preserve these sites by providing engineering drawings and detailed maps to assist in critical conservation work and active management. We archive the data using state of the art processes to ensure that this data continues to be available in a disaster recovery scenario, tomorrow or decades in the future. And we strive to share this data in powerful ways, including truly immersive experiences that convey the power of these places, transporting users that may never have a chance to experience them and inspiring others to make the journey.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented Photographer/ Videographer for our Photographer in Residence program. We are looking for an adventurous creator, able to travel globally and domestically to help us capture images of our team and the incredible places we digitally document.  This is a 6 month residency where the selected photographer will travel to the CyArk offices in Oakland to receive training and learn more about our process.  The Photographer in Residence will then join our team on expeditions around the world to document significant cultural heritage sites and help us tell our story. Selected photographers will receive a monthly stipend and all travel expenses will be paid by CyArk.



  • Provide photographic and video documentation of cultural heritage sites

  • Create video/ photographic journal of experiences on site and working with CyArk

  • Serve as an ambassador for cultural heritage documentation



  • Strong technical knowledge of photography and videography

  • Experience in storytelling and social media

  • Demonstrated organizational and logistical skills for managing travel and deadlines

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with emphasis on interacting with diverse cultural groups, government officials and local populations

  • Commitment to preserving cultural heritage; ability to communicate CyArk’s mission and enhance public understanding of our cause

  • Valid Passport and Driver’s license

  • Multilingual capabilities a plus


Please email your cover letter, resume and portfolio of selected works to with “Photographer” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled and may close at any time.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CyArk is committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities in all terms and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation,marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Status”) or any other factor that is not related to the position.


Inaugural photographer in residence Kieran Kesner with the team in Bagan, Myanmar