2020 Women
Photographers Grant
Submissions closed

© Annick Donkers


in cash prizes

3 publications on Vogue Italia, a solo exhibition at PHmuseum Lab, and much more.

  • Deadline

    October 15

  • Shortlist announcement



Supported by


  • 1st Prize / $6,000
  • 2nd Prize / $2,500
  • 3rd Prize / $1,250

plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2020 and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

New Generation Prize / $2,500

plus a nomination for the World Press Photo 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass, a 4-hour consultancy from the PHmuseum Education program, a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2020, a portfolio review with Fiona Rogers from Firecracker and promotion on the PHmuseum channels.

A Solo Exhibition
at PHmuseum Lab /

Awarded by PHmuseum’s Team

PHmuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select a project among all of the submissions to be exhibited at PHmuseum Lab, our brand new space in Bologna, Italy, in May 2021. The prize includes travel and accommodation.

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.

3 Publications
on YET Magazine /

Awarded by PHmuseum Team

Giuseppe Oliverio and Rocco Venezia from PHmuseum will review all the submissions and select 3 portfolios to be published on the online edition of YET Magazine.

8 Free Online Portfolio Reviews from PHmuseum Education /

Assigned by the PHmuseum Team

Our team will select 8 photographers among all the applicants, who will be granted a 60-minute online portfolio review with a mentor of their choice from the PHmuseum Education Program.

Up to 9 Honorable Mentions
and 40 Shortlisted Projects /

The judges will select up to 40 shortlisted projects that will compete for all main prizes and honourable mentions. All shortlisted works will be projected at Photo Vogue Festival 2020, and promoted on the PHmuseum channels.

© Natalie KeyssarNatalie Keyssar

Winning the prize was a huge honour and personally felt like an affirmation that I'm on the right track. I'm really grateful that Make Me A Little Miracle resonated with the judges, all people I respect immensely. Making this body of work has been a constant learning process for me for the past 6 years, and I was very proud to share these stories in the company of the incredible other women photographers. Natalie Keyssar, 2019 First Prize Recipient


© Mara Sanchez ReneroMara Sanchez Renero

Winning a prize like the PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant is simply an avalanche of motivation. I had been working on the Iluikak project for three years, trusting in my way of constructing the images. I think there is a need in us photographers to communicate what concerns us, to be able to sow in the collective consciousness a window to something we do not know, a question, a reflection or to generate movement. An award like PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant marks success in this aspect. Mara Sanchez Renero, 2019 3rd Prize Recipient


© Sofia BensadonSofia Bensadon

I am interested in projects that use photography as a medium or as a tool for exploring the importance of visual culture and communication in our lives. I would love to see strong narratives, distinct voices, or timely and unexpected perspectives. I’m also excited to see projects that feel cohesive and make a clear connection between their intention and execution. Mariama Attah, Judge

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© Robin Alysha ClemensRobin Alysha Clemens

It was such an honour. The New Generation Prize was the first time I got real international recognition for my work and it has definitely helped broaden my network outside of The Netherlands. To be fair, my professional year since then hasn’t been super exciting since the coronavirus hit soon after. Mostly all my work has been put on hold and the main reason that I was able to keep my head above water was the monetary prize I got from PHmuseum. Robin Alysha Clemens, 2019 New Generation Prize Recipient


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