PHmuseum 2018
women photographers grant

© Sanne De Wilde


in cash prizes

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

  • Deadline

    17 October

  • Entry fee


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General info

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:

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, 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.

  • 3

    and submit

    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.

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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
© Fabiola CedilloFabiola Cedillo


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

plus a publication on YET Magazine, a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2018, and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

New Generation Prize / £2,000

For photographers under 30 years of age

plus a mentorship with Fiona Rogers (Magnum Photos Global Business Development Director), plus a nomination for the World Press Photo 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass, a publication on YET Magazine, 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.

This particular grant can place your work in a certain spotlight, making it part of an important conversation that values female perspectives.

Raphaela Rosella, 1st prize winner PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant
© Raphaela RosellaRaphaela Rosella


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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
© Fabiola CedilloFabiola Cedillo

Learn more

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    A year after the recognition, Raphaela Rosella, Heba Khamis, Sanne De Wilde, and Fabiola Cedillo tell us how the prize supported their career development, speak about gender equality in the industry, and provide insightful advice for applicants this year.

    Former Winners on the PHM Women Photographers Grant
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    Gowun Lee’s series, I'm Here With You opens a window onto the LGBTQ community in South Korea, which is still forced to hide its presence within the country’s rigid contemporary society.

    Photographing the Neglect of South Korea’s LGBTQ Community
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    From forming the jury to engaging partners to offer relevant opportunities, it takes us months to organise a single grant. Here we explain why we do it and why you should consider applying.

    7 Reasons To Apply To The PHM 2018 Women Photographers Grant
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    Noticing how difficult it was to find the work of female photographers from Latin America, Verónica Sanchis Bencomo founded Foto Féminas in 2015. The platform is now a growing showcase of works from the region, quickly evolving to achieve its mission.

    A Platform For Latin American Female Photography
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    As we enter the last two weeks of the PHmuseum 2018 Women Photographers Grant open call, the independent panel of judges tell us what they will value most when it comes to reviewing the submissions.

    What Judges Look for in the Submissions

Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd PrizeNew Generation PrizeUp to 9 Honorable mentions25-35 ShortlistedEvery 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

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.

Heba Khamis, 2nd prize winner PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant
© Heba KhamisFabiola Cedillo