The PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant 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. Moving into its second edition, 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 centered around a specific theme, narrative or concept. All kind of photography is welcome, with our independent panel of judges that will take care of reviewing the submissions and awarding the prizes according to their own criteria. To submit a work, please follow these guided steps:
Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.
Upload between 8 and 20 photos. At least 4 of them must have been shot after 1 January, 2015. We recommend that the images are at least 1000px on the shortest side and weigh around 2MB. You can present more than one project, but they must be submitted one at a time.
Review your story, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. Once you are ready, pay the entry fee and submit. Our judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in November 2018. To submit another project simply click on Apply Now.
© Fabiola Cedillo
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.
For photographers under 30 years of age
Awarded by Vogue Italia Photo Editors
Awarded by Alfio Tommassini
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.
© Raphaela Rosella
This particular grant can place your work in a certain spotlight, making it part of an important conversation that values female perspectives.
Senior Curator, The Photographers' Gallery
Karen McQuaid is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo (2016). She has co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg and Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with Ekow Eshun. She has co-edited and produced The New Colonists (2018) by Monica Alcazar-Duarte, published with Bemojake. Karen has curated external exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly writes for photography publications, and edits artists books. Karen also guest lectures across the UK.
Alessandra Sanguinetti was born in New York, 1968, brought up in Argentina from 1970 until 2003, and is currently based in Petaluma, California. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Rencontres D’Arles Discovery Award among others. Her photographs are in public and private collections, such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. “On the Sixth Day” and "The Adventures of Guille and Belinda" were published by Nazraeli Press in 2005 and 2012, respectively. Most recently she has published “Sorry, Welcome”, published by TBW books, and “Le Gendarme sur la colline” with Aperture Foundation. She is a member of Magnum Photo Agency since 2007 and is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.
Photographer, Filmmaker and Curator
Born in Addis Ababa in 1974, Aïda graduated with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington D.C. Her photography can be found in several publications and also in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in the USA. She is the 2007 recipient of the EU Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako. As well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. She has been a jury member on several photography competitions including the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 and the World Press Photo Contest 2017. Aïda is the founder of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF), the first international photography festival in East Africa held since 2010. She continues to develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DFA PLC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Creative Lead, Instagram
Pamela is a creative leader at Instagram, where she focuses on designing content experiences with innovative creators on the platform. For four years, she led the team responsible for content development on @instagram, the most followed account in the world. Pamela joins Instagram after more than a decade of content development experience. Driven by curiosity, she is constantly exploring new ways of visually experiencing the world: she was Senior Editor for National Geographic magazine, and oversaw photography and video production for the Open Society Foundations. She produced and edited documentary films at MediaStorm, and worked as a national newspaper photojournalist. As a musician, her sound design and compositions appear in broadcast and online publications including The New York Times Magazine, Showtime, Hulu and Wired. Her work has earned numerous industry accolades, including national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the duPont Award, Webby awards, and POYi awards in photography, picture editing, and multimedia. She has served as a juror for the World Press Photo Contest, Tim Hetherington Grant, and Pictures of the Year International. She was a member of the adjunct faculty for the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and sat on the Board of Advisors for the Alexia Foundation. She studied photojournalism and mathematics, and received a Fulbright scholarship for journalism to Taiwan.
© Fabiola Cedillo
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.”
15 September 2018
10 October 2018
7 October 2018
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22 September 2018
|1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize||New Generation Prize||Up to 9 Honorable mentions||25-35 Shortlisted||Every entrant|
|£10,000 in cash prizes|
|A publication on YET Magazine|
|International Press Exposure|
|Projections At Photo Vogue Festival 2018|
|Curator's Pick Account on PHmuseum|
|20% Discount on PHmuseum Education Classes (until 28 February 2019)|
|Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions and News Features|
|Consideration for PHmuseum Instagram Takeovers|
|Exposure to PHmuseum Audience|
|Submission judged by our international jury|
All applicants will also be considered for a solo show at Verzasca Foto Festival and 3 publications on Vogue Italia.Apply nowFAQs
© Heba Khamis
While conducting my studies I was working as a cleaner to support the making of new work. To be awarded was a payback for all my previous efforts - it allowed me to go on a second trip to Cameroon. While Geo Magazine sent me on assignment for a week, with the money I received from the PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant I was able to stay one month and continue with the project on a deeper level, discovering new realities about the breast ironing issue.