Why is there an application fee and how is it paid?

The $10 USD application fee is the last step of our application process for the Photographer and Digital Retouch Artist (DRA) applications. NILMDTS is a nonprofit and the application fee covers many volunteer benefits as well as the costs associated with having the technology to upload the images and the automation to have them entered into a database so that our application review team can evaluate and score the images submitted.

Once an application is approved and accepted, the system then processes the application and the volunteer is given access to our training portal. Once the Volunteer Services Agreement and required training is completed, the volunteer is activated then, if you are a photographer, your contact information will appear on our Find a Photographer feature on our website.

If the fee is ever a barrier to a truly dedicated potential volunteer, please reach out as we have scholarships available upon request, and would never want the application fee to be a barrier for a dedicated volunteer.