PhMuseum 2022 Women Photographers Grant - PhMuseum

PhMuseum 2022
Women Photographers Grant
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© Farren van Wyk

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1st Prize

Mixedness is my Mythology

by Farren van Wyk

€5,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2022, and promotion on the PhMuseum channels.

2nd Prize

fever dream

by Victoria Jung

€2,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2022, and promotion on the PhMuseum channels.

3rd Prize

Everyone in me is a bird

by Sarah Pabst

€1,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2022, and promotion on the PhMuseum channels.

General Info

The PhMuseum Women Photographers Grant, now in its 6th 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!

© Farren van Wyk Farren van Wyk

Through Van Wyk’s superb symbolic use of black and white photography, the work explores the contradictions and connections of race, migration, apartheid and colonialism between South Africa and The Netherlands. While the images evoke the strong sense of intimacy, freedom, and serenity that can exist in Dutch rural life, they are also layered with signifiers that remind us of its paradoxes for a child of apartheid. Van Wyk’s skilful ability to layer her exploration of the ‘grey area’ aesthetically and metaphorically to evoke her inner double vision is remarkable, and it is what sealed the brilliance of this work. Jane’a Johnson, Juror

New Generation Prize

As You Grow Older

by Vân-Nhi Nguyễn

€2,000 plus a projection at Photo Vogue Festival 2022, a remote consultancy, and promotion on the PhMuseum channels.

© Vân- Nhi Nguyễn Vân- Nhi Nguyễn

Vân-Nhi Nguyễn is an impressive emerging artist from Vietnam who documents the life of her people through a performative and collaborative process. In her series, As You Grow Older, she combines a traditional documentary aesthetic with contemporary staging techniques to evoke curiosity and meaning in the viewer. The images in this series are transformative—at once subtle and captivating—and challenge our perceptions of Vietnamese youth. Her playful staging of scenes and deliberate framing of her subjects all speak to Nguyễn's understanding of the inherent qualities of the medium of photography, and its limitations. I congratulate the artist on her creation. Hoda Afshar, Juror

An Exhibition at Noorderlicht Photofestival

Wata Na Life

by Ngadi Smart

Selected by Noorderlicht's Curatorial Team, the work will be exhibited in the Noorderlicht 2023 Photofestival, taking place from 26 August to 26 November in the Netherlands.

Solo Exhibition at PhMuseum Lab


by Sara Bastai

Selected by PhMuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia, the work will be exhibited at PhMuseum Lab in Bologna, Italy in springtime 2023.

Featured Interview on Vogue Italia

Mixedness is my Mythology

by Farren van Wyk

Selected by Alessia Glaviano, Chiara Bardelli and Francesca Marani the work will be published on Vogue Italia.


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