PHmuseum 2017 Women Photographers Grant


  • Donna Ferrato

    Donna Ferrato

  • Alessia Glaviano

    Alessia Glaviano

  • Rebecca McClelland

    Rebecca McClelland

  • Daniella Zalcman

    Daniella Zalcman

£8,000 in cash prizes
Submission Deadline 12 October, 2017
Till 21st September

How to participate

PHmuseum is glad to present a new annual grant aimed at supporting women photographers. The PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant aims to empower the work and careers of female and female-identifying professionals of all ages and from all countries working in diverse areas of photography. It further means to facilitate the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the necessity to fight against gender discrimination within the industry. Below you can learn how to submit your project:

01. Sign up

Create an account, confirm your email address and go to

02. Upload your story

Present a project featuring a maximum of 20 photos. At least 4 of them must have been shot after 1 January, 2015. The recommended size and weight are at least 1000px on the shortest side and less than 5MB.

03. Review and submit

Submit your story, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. Our judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in November 2017.

Submission Deadline 12 October, 2017

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"I am hoping to see works where ethics and aesthetics, both equally important, complement each other and where the author shows not only to have a unique point of view but also an open mind able to tell a story outside stereotypes and clichés"

Alessia Glaviano, Senior photo editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and Web Editor of


Our international jury will award £8,000 in cash prizes, a solo exhibition at Organ Vida International Photography Festival and other great opportunities. 

1st Prize / £ 5,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum.

2nd Prize / £ 2,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum.

3rd Prize / £ 1,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum.

New Generation Prize / A workshop of your choice at International Summer School of Photography 2018, an automatic nomination for the World Press Photo 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass, a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum. 

Exhibition at 2018 Organ Vida International Photography Festival (Croatia) / Organ Vida, one of the leading photo festivals in Europe, will grant a solo exhibition to a project selected by Marina Paulenka (Founder & Artistic Director) within the festival 2018 edition, which will be dedicated to women photographers.

Honorable Mentions / Up to 6 mentions in the Main Prize category and 3 mentions in the New Generation Prize category.


This is the panel of international judges that will review the submissions and select the prize winners. Learn more about them: 

  • Donna Ferrato

    Donna Ferrato


    Donna Ferrato is an internationally-known documentary photographer. She has four books including Living with the Enemy and Love & Lust, published by Aperture. She has participated in over 500 one-woman shows and has received awards such as the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987) and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism (2003). In 2014 Ferrato launched a campaign called I Am Unbeatable, which features women who have left their abusers. In November 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.” She now leads experimental workshops called “The Erotic Eye”.

  • Alessia Glaviano

    Alessia Glaviano

    Senior photo editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and Web Editor of

    Alessia Glaviano is the Senior photo editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and Web Editor of Besides curating a series of interviews with the Masters of photography for the web-site version of Vogue Italia, which have acquired enormous popularity among the community of people interested in photography and which are also broadcast on the Italian Sky Arte channel, Alessia Glaviano is also responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.    Under Alessia Glaviano’s direction, Photo Vogue has reached over 130.000 users/photographers hailing from all over the world and launched a collaboration with the prestigious international agency Art & Commerce, which represents some of the most esteemed names in fashion photography, including Steven Meisel, Sølve Sundsbø, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier. At Condé Nast, Alessia is responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Besides the editorial activity, Alessia holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic. Alessia Glaviano was invited to participate as jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the “New York Times Portfolio Reviews”.

  • Rebecca McClelland

    Rebecca McClelland

    Director of Photography, Art Buyer and Creative Director & Curator of the Ian Parry Scholarship

    Rebecca McClelland is a Director of Photography, Art Buyer and Creative Director. She began her career over seventeen years ago commissioning covers, reportage and brand visual content for the Sunday Times magazine. As a passionate visual storyteller, she has most recently art directed and produced OOH and digital campaigns for BBH and Airbnb as the lead Photographic Art Director for EMEA.

    She previously spent five years as NewStatesman magazine’s first ever visual lead, responsible for establishing the creative language of the magazine in order to challenge the reader with dynamic & intelligent visuals since it’s relaunch in 2005. She has enjoyed creative, strategic leadership roles at Wallpaper*, Art World magazine, Avaunt & PORT magazine where she & the team won a D&AD award for Magazine & Newspaper Design Front Covers for her commission of artist Pieter Hugo. She is contributing Photography Director for the newly relaunched quarterly magazine, LUXX by The Times.

    She is the long standing Creative Director & Curator of the Ian Parry Scholarship, an international award for visual journalism. She is a specialist lecturer on photographic professional practise and writes on photography for various publications like NewStatesman, Creative Review and Photoworks. She is a D&AD New Photography Judge, nominator for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and the Prix Pictet Awar and has recently gained a Masters in Photographic Arts from Westminster University for her paper on participation within documentary practise.

  • Daniella Zalcman

    Daniella Zalcman

    Photographer & Founder of

    Daniella Zalcman (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. 

    She is also the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative to elevate the voices of female and non binary visual journalists. Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. 

    Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 RFK Journalism Award, the Magnum Foundation’s 2016 Inge Morath Award, the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, and the Magenta Foundation’s 2016 Bright Spark award. Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, the BBC, and CNN, among others. Her photos have been exhibited internationally, and she regularly lectures at universities and foundations. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.

"For me there is nothing more powerful than a story that captures real people's stories and real emotion. I'm hoping that photographers applying to this grant will show us what is the essence of being a woman today in an anti-female social landscape; show us what women feel is worth living and dying for."

Donna Ferrato, Photographer


Welcome to the PHmuseum 2017 Women Photographers Grant (PHM 2017 WP Grant or Grant). 

This document defines the Terms and Conditions (Terms) that govern your use of the PHmuseum 2017 Women Photographers Grant (PHM 2017 WP Grant or Grant) webpages. These Terms apply between You (You or Entrant), and PHmuseum Ltd (PHmuseum or We), PHmuseum Ltd (Company Number 09474210) the United Kingdom based corporation with registered office at International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2BN, London, United Kingdom, owning and operating the website, all the related websites and services and the Photographic Museum of Humanity trademarks.

By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2017 Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully before applying to the PHM 2017 Grant.


The PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant begins on 5 September 2017 at 12:01 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and ends 12 October 2017 at 11:59 pm (GMT). Entrants can participate by clicking on the Apply Now button available at and following the guided submission process.

Entrants must be female or female-identifying photographers and at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Each Entrant can submit one or more “Project”, defined as a set of photos built around a concept or a topic. Each Project must feature a minimum of 8 photos and a maximum of 20 photos that will be taken under consideration by the PHM 2017 WP Grant Judges. The photos must have been shot from January 2007 onwards and at least 4 photos must have been taken after 1 January 2015. Photos shall be uploaded in Jpg or Jpeg format and cannot weigh more than 8 Megabytes. To complete the submission of a Project, the Entrant shall pay an entry fee of GBP 15 for each Project submitted before 21 September 2017 and an entry fee of GBP 25 for each Project submitted from 22 September 2017 onwards.  

Winners will be announced on within 90 days of the deadline or extended deadline day. By accepting these Terms You agree and accept that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the PHM Women Photographers 2017 Grant. PHM Women Photographers 2017 Grant is void where prohibited.


The PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant will offer the following prizes:

a) PHM 2017 WP Grant 1st prize: GBP 5,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum;

b) PHM 2017 WP Grant 2nd prize: GBP 2,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum;

c) PHM 2017 WP Grant 3rd prize: GBP 1,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum;

d) PHM 2017 WP Grant New Generation Prize: A workshop of your choice at International Summer School of Photography 2018, an automatic nomination for the World Press Photo 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass, a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2017, a publication on YET Magazine and promotion via PHmuseum;

e) A solo exhibition at 2018 Organ Vida International Photography Festival; 

f) PHM 2017 WP Grant Main Prize Honorable Mentions

g) PHM 2017 WP Grant New Generation Prize Honorable Mentions

Prizes at points (a), (b), (c), (d), (f) and (g) will be assigned by these Judges: Donna Ferrato, Alessia Glaviano, Rebecca McClelland and Daniella Zalcman.

Prize at point (e) will be assigned by Judge Marina Paulenka.

Photographers who are 30 (thirty) years of age, or less, on the day of the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant final deadline are the only applicants eligible for prizes at points (d) and (g). 


By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You participate in the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant and You hereby acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

By doing so, You also acknowledge and agree that You will not be able to:

a) delete or edit any photos of the submitted Project from the PHmuseum website nor alter their order;

b) delete or edit any information to the submitted Series from the PHmuseum website from the day You submit the Series to 90 days after the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant deadline or extended deadline.

By accepting these Terms and entering the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant You warrant that all the information submitted is true, current, and complete. You also warrant that You have all the necessary consents in relation to your entry and that You are the copyright owner of any copyright works submitted, e.g. photographs, texts, drawings, and PHmuseum's use of such works will be at no charge, will not infringe the rights of any third party, and You will fully indemnify PHmuseum in the event of any infringement. 

You also acknowledge that the full name of the winners may be published by PHmuseum, and You grant to PHmuseum a non­exclusive perpetual, worldwide royalty free license to use and publish your entries in whole or in part in any media form whatsoever, for the purposes of the Grant’s and PHmuseum’s promotion. You also agree that PHmuseum will have the right to use and publish the images for promotional and marketing purposes for the current and future seasons of the Grant on any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid. 

If the photographs contain any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the publication, exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Terms without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


PHmuseum commits to credit the due amount to the winners within 90 days after the winners announcement, provided that the winner communicates via email to PHmuseum (i) valid and complete bank account details and (ii) a copy of his/her ID within 30 days after the winners announcement.

PHmuseum will notify the winner of each prize at the email address associated to the winner’s PHmuseum account within 90 days after the Grant closing date. The winner will have 30 days from the day he or she will be notified to answer PHmuseum and claim his or her prize. If PHmuseum is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and PHmuseum reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these Terms and the Grant information. 

PHmuseum may in its sole discretion refuse to provide a prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of non­entitlement under these Terms or an Entrant's breach of these terms and conditions, PHmuseum’s website terms of use, fraud, dishonesty, or other inappropriate or improper conduct including but not limited to the use of technology which enables an Entrant to evade charges or entry requirements. 

PHmuseum commits to always mention the author copyrights. When You submit photographs to the PHmuseum website, You remain the copyright owner of the photographs You submit to the PHmuseum website and PHmuseum does not claim ownership over the photographs. To learn more about the copyrights treatment please visit our website’s Terms and Conditions.


By ticking the Terms and Conditions box, clicking the Pay and Submit button in the fifth step of the Grant submission process and completing the entry fee payment, You candidate Your Series to the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant and You make the following representations and warranties:

a) You can lawfully enter into contracts under applicable law and You are at least 18 years old;

b) You have obtained and have copies of model releases from all subjects depicted in the photograph(s) You submit to the PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant, and such persons voluntarily consented to publication and/or dissemination of their likeness for all legal purposes.

Neither PHmuseum nor their associates, affiliates or partners assume any responsibility for photos submitted in violation of these Terms. Images that demonstrate violations on copyright and/or Grant policies will be removed & disqualified by PHmuseum after due investigations.


By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless PHmuseum and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in the PHM 2017 Grant or any PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant-related activities.

PHmuseum assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Grant entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms.

PHmuseum is not responsible for any issue with or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any damage to Entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to this Grant

Neither PHmuseum nor its servants, agents, nor any other party or organization involved in the management, promotion, or administration of the Grant or its entry routes or donation of prizes or their agents or subsidiaries involved in the Grant will accept responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorized access to entries, or entries lost or delayed whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of network availability, server functions (including but not limited to security functions by software used by PHmuseum or any third party), virus, malware, trojans, bugs, or other causes outside its control.


You acknowledge and agree that these PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant Terms together with the PHmuseum Privacy Policy, as well as any claim that might arise between You and PHmuseum, shall be governed and interpreted according exclusively to the law of the United Kingdom. You further acknowledge and agree that the courts of London, United Kingdom shall be the exclusive forum where You agree to resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute between You and PHmuseum arising out of or relating to these Terms.


If for any reason the Grant is not capable of running as planned for bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of PHmuseum that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Grant, PHmuseum reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Grant.

PHmuseum cannot promise that the services relating to the Grant will be free from errors or omissions nor that they will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. These services may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons reasonably beyond the control of PHmuseum. PHmuseum will not be liable in the event that all or any part of the service relating to the Grant is discontinued, modified or changed in any way.


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Last updated - 5 September 2017


Submission Deadline 12 October, 2017

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