As virtual gatherings and conferences are still in full blast this year, Leica has released the full list of speakers for the first Annual Leica Woman Summit which can be attended virtually and is accessible at no cost!
We may have hoped for a swift return to in-face meetings, conferences, and events this year, however, that's still not the case for many parts of the world. If anything good is to come out of the past year, it's definitely the move towards organizing virtual events and making them more accessible to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to travel for them.
As an extension of the Leica Annual Women Foto Project, which recently announced its winners, the inaugural summit will run on April 22, 24, and 25, 2021. It will be held virtually and all lectures, discussions, and conversations will be available for the public to attend and view completely for free. The essence of this event is to elevate and support the professional development of women in photography by presenting carefully selected industry leaders as its speakers. A select number of applicants from the 2019 and 2020 Leica Women Foto Project Award will also have the opportunity to receive two 20-minute portfolio reviews from experienced industry professionals, such as photo editors from National Geographic, The New York Times, and more.
The event has a compelling and diverse lineup to educate in various aspects of photography, featuring lectures and presentations from experts, such as photographer Janette Beckman, photography consultant and curator Julie Grahame, photographer, journalist, and the founder of Black Women Photographers, Polly Irungu, and others. Some of the sessions include "Women in Focus: Get Your Work Seen", which is a workshop with the aim of helping photographers create a portfolio that stands out, and "The Anatomy of a Photo Business", where Beckman and Grahame will offer insight on how to build a successful strategy in order to monetize a passion project.
Leica photographers, Yana Paskova and Maggie Steber, will also run professional development workshops, which require a registration fee. These are, "Writing in Photography", which is a targeted workshop to help photographers express and articulate themselves when presenting their work, and "Small Pleasures - A Still Life Workshop", which dives into the exploration of still life photography.
The full list of speakers and the registration information can be found on the event website.