PHmuseum 2018
women photographers grant


in cash prizes

3 publications on Vogue Italia
and a solo show at Verzasca Foto


  • Karen McQuaid
    Karen McQuaid
  • Alessandra Sanguinetti
    Alessandra Sanguinetti
  • Aïda Muluneh
    Aïda Muluneh
  • Pamela Chen
    Pamela Chen
  • Call opens

    12 September

  • Entry fee


  • Early bird fee

    £18 Until 27 September

General info

The PHmuseum 2018 Women Photographers Grant, now in its 2nd edition, aims to empower the work and careers of female and non-binary professionals of all ages and from all countries working in diverse areas of photography. Its mission is to support the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the need to work for gender equality in the industry. To participate, you are invited to submit one or more projects centred around a specific theme, narrative or concept, following these guided steps:

How to participate

  • 1

    Click on
    Apply Now

    Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.

  • 2

    your work

    Upload between 8 and 20 photos. At least 4 of them must have been shot after 1 January, 2016. We recommend that the images are at least 1000px on the shortest side and weigh less than 4MB. You can present more than one project, but they must be submitted one at a time.

  • 3

    and submit

    Submit your story (note that you will not be able to modify it after submission). Our judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in November 2018. To submit another project simply click on Apply Now.

Remind me

I'll be watching out for work that’s challenging, sincere and playful. As long as I'm transported into someone else’s story in an intelligent and visually poetic way, these qualities can come in all shapes and forms. My job as a juror is to be open and sensitive to that.

Alessandra Sanguinetti, Judge
© Sarah Blesener


  • 1st Prize / £5,000
  • 2nd Prize / £2,000
  • 3rd Prize / £1,000

plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2018, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels

New Generation Prize / £2,000

plus a nomination for the World Press Photo 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2018, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

3 Publications
on Vogue Italia /

Awarded by Vogue Italia Photo Editors

Alessia Glaviano, Chiara Bardelli Nonino and Francesca Marani will each select one work from all the submissions to be published online on Vogue Italia.

A Solo Exhibition
at Verzasca Foto Festival /

Awarded by Alfio Tommassini

Alfio Tommasini, Artistic Director of Verzasca Foto Festival, will select a work from all the submissions to be granted a solo show during the 2019 edition of the festival.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions
and 35 Shortlisted Projects /

The judges will select up to 35 shortlisted projects that will compete for all main prizes and honourable mentions. All shortlisted works will be projected at Photo Vogue Festival 2018, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.

I hope to see bodies of work that are visually and conceptually coherent, with impactful storytelling and a strong aesthetic.

Karen McQuaid, Judge
© Miia Autio


Remind me

In any process of jurying works, the first thing that I am looking at is based on technique, approach, content, and creativity. As Irvin Penn put it eloquently: “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

Aïda Muluneh, Judge
© Raphaela Rosella

Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize New Generation Prize Up to 9 Honorable mentions 25-35 Shortlisted Every entrant
£10,000 in cash prizes
International Press Exposure
Projections At Photo Vogue Festival 2018
Curator's Pick Account on PHmuseum
20% Discount on PHmuseum On Education Classes (until April 2019)
Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions and News Features
Consideration for PHmuseum Instagram Takeovers
Exposure to PHmuseum Audience
Free Account on PHmuseum
Submission judged by our international jury
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