2020 Women
Photographers Grant
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in cash prizes

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

  • Deadline

    October 08

  • Entry fee



    Until October 08


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General info

The PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant, now in its 4th 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. All approaches are welcome from classic to more experimental projects, and you can present more than one work. By applying you retain full copyright or your images at all times, and we’ll ask for your permission to share them on our social media channels.

The judging will happen between October and November with the shortlist to be announced just before Photo Vogue Festival. Thanks for considering this opportunity and good luck with your applications!


  • 1st Prize / €5,500
  • 2nd Prize / €2,200
  • 3rd Prize / €1,100

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

New Generation Prize / €2,200

plus a 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

How to participate

  • 1

    Click on
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    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 6 and 20 photos. Images shall be in JPG or PNG format and not weigh more than 10MB each. The ideal resolution is 72dpi with at least 1000px on the shortest side. You can present more than a project, but they must be submitted one at a time.

  • 3

    and submit

    Check all the info and submit your project, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. The judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in November 2020. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.

© 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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Why apply

1st, 2nd, 3rd PrizeNew Generation PrizeUp to 9 Honorable mentions25-35 ShortlistedEvery entrant
€11,000 in cash prizes
International Press Exposure
Projections at Photo Vogue Festival 2020
Consideration for a solo exhibition at PHmuseum Lab.
Consideration for 3 publications on Vogue Italia
Consideration for 3 publications on YET Magazine
Consideration for 8 free Portfolio Reviews from the PHmuseum Education Program
Consideration for PHmuseum Online Exhibitions, News Features, and Instagram Features
Submission judged by our international jury
20% Discount on PHmuseum Education Bookings and on the 2021 Photography Grant entry fee
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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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