Are you a female photographer who has a photographic project with social value in mind? Don't miss out on entering the Leica Women Foto Project and be in a chance to win a cash prize and more!
Leica Women Foto Project is a platform with diversity and inclusion in mind through various ongoing programs, events, and also a new photography award that has been created to elevate and spotlight the female perspective in photography. Through this initiative Leica aims to encourage a more dynamic and diverse view of the world all around us. The Director of Marketing for Leica Camera North America elaborates:
“Visual expressions through myriad lenses challenge and embrace ideas that drive important conversations. We enable growth through an expansion of thought when we actively support inclusivity through the photographic medium. With the Leica Women Foto Project, we aim to embolden photographers to think outside one’s own point of view, support underrepresented voices to speak their visual languages, and celebrate new ways of seeing.”
The award is looking for photographers who are seeking to undertake a long term project that holds relevance in today's social and political context. If you're looking to submit your entry, you must be a legal US resident and you need to submit a series of 10 images from a personal or other type of long-term project. The submitted images don't need to have been produced by Leica either; this award allows you to submit work created on any type of digital or film camera, but at least 4 images must have been created between 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, applicants are also required to submit a 500 word proposal that explains their project and what relevance it holds in today's social climate; this also must include a description of how the awarded funds will be allocated.
Afterwards, each submission will be judged individually, based on "quality of photography, dedication to medium of photography, and sophistication of project". The panel, scoring and reviewing each entry, is made up of renowned judges, including, Karin Kaufmann, Art Director and Chief Representative of Leica Galleries International (Austria), Maggie Steber, VII Agency photographer and Guggenheim fellow, Elizabeth Avedon, a photography book and exhibition designer, independent curator, and writer, Laura Roumanos, executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries, and Deborah Willis, a university professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
The three entrants with the highest score from all five judges will be awarded with $10,000 prize to help fund their project. They will also receive a one-year loan of a Leica Q2, which will thereafter be passed down to the next generation of winners, but a replacement camera will also be given to permanently add to the winners' photography kits.
If you would like to be considered, submit your application here. The call for entries will close on August 29, 2019, and the three winning photographers will be announced on October 16, 2019 on Leica Women Foto Project website, as well as on their Instagram and Facebook.
So, what are you waiting for? Submit today and give yourself an opportunity to truly expand on what you're most passionate about in photography!
Images courtesy of Maggie Steber.