About Leica Women Foto Project Award

    

Leica Camera USA is pleased to announce the second annual Leica Women Foto Project Award, a juried program where three photographers will receive an award to support a personal project relevant to today’s social and political climate, as told through the female perspective. The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a female's point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to re-frame how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative.

Applicants are reviewed on the basis of quality of photography, dedication to the medium of photography, sophistication of project, as expressed through the female perspective with narratives that broaden perspectives, ideas and conversations on today’s social climate.

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Photo entries were reviewed by a panel of renowned judges including:

  • Karin Kaufmann, Director, Leica Galleries Worldwide​
  • Amanda De Cadenet, Founder, Girlgaze & The Conversation​
  • Laura Roumanos, Co-Founder, United Photo Industries​
  • Sheila Pree Bright, VII Agency Photojournalist​
  • Elizabeth Avedon, Curator, Designer, Writer​
  • Elizabeth Krist, Former Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
  • Lynn Johnson, Photojournalist, National Geographic​
  • Maggie Steber, Guggenheim Fellow, VII Agency​ Photojournalist
  • Sandra Stevenson, Assistant Photo Editor, New York Times​

In addition to the financial award, each winner will receive a new Leica Q2 to use for the completion of their photographic series onward.

Candidates for the award are requested to submit a series of 10 images from an ongoing personal or long-term project, made on any digital or film camera of any make, model or brand, with at least 4 images created in either 2019 or 2020. Alongside the images, applicants are required to submit a 250 word proposal describing their personal project and its relevance in today’s social climate, including detail of how the funds will be allocated.

Call for entries close on October 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Leica Camera USA will announce the three winning photographers on or about January 18, 2021 on @LeicaCameraUSA on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

    Karin Rehn-Kaufmann is the Art Director & Chief Representative for Leica Galleries International and holds management responsibility for the 24 Leica Galleries around the world. Karin Rehn-Kaufmann has been a member of the jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards since 2008 and has played a significant role in the organisation and further development of the prestigious photographic competition. 

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    Amanda de Cadenet

    Amanda de Cadenet is an entrepreneur, journalist, author, photographer and activist who advocates for equal rights by ensuring that diverse female identifying creatives are equally employed.

    She has had a lifelong career in the media, starting at age 15 in the UK, where she became only one of two women who hosted their own TV show. For more than 25 years, Amanda has used her platform in the spotlight to advocate for female representation, an issue that she, herself, still continues to face and overcome.

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    Laura Roumanos

    Laura is the executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville where she has produced over 300 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world including Hamburg, Tokyo, Lodz, Sydney and Shanghai, and has brokered partnerships with over 100 entities including National Geographic, Instagram, TIME Magazine, The Pulitzer Center, NYC Parks and NYC Department of Transport to name a few.

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    Sheila Pree Bright

    Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. She describes herself in the art world as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. Bright’s current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, which examines race, gender a photographic series of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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    Elizabeth Avedon

    Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and photo consultant. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth has received recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects exhibitions for the Leica Gallery, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; and for the Estate of Diane Arbus, among others.

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    Elizabeth Krist

    A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective.

    She serves on the board of Women Photograph, helps program National Geographic’s Photography Seminar, advises the Eddie Adams Workshop, and coordinates Women Focus portfolio reviews. She curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book.

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    Lynn Johnson

    Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the power of cannabis. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own.

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    Maggie Steber

    Maggie Steber is an internationally known documentary photographer whose work has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and book anthologies as well as national and international exhibitions. She has worked in 70 countries specializing in stories concerning the human condition.

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    Sandra Stevenson

    Sandra M. Stevenson is an award-winning Assistant Editor in the photography department at The Times. She oversees digital photo editors on the news desk, and works on visual content for Race/Related and the Gender, in addition to special projects such as "Overlooked." After receiving a BA in English from Syracuse University, Sandra spent four years working at NBC – first as a Page and then working on various news programs. From there, she became the program coordinator for the Black Filmmaker Foundation.

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General Rules & Guidelines

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and DC) who are 21 yrs+ at entry. Contest is NOT open to individuals who have a formal affiliation or partnership with competitors of Sponsor. Contest begins at 9:00 AM ET on August 26, 2020 and ends 11:59 PM ET on October 8, 2020.  To enter, complete the entry form at https://bit.ly/LWFP_Award2020 and upload 10 photos that tell a single story through a female’s perspective, on a topic relevant to the current social or political climate. All photos must adhere to the Submission Guidelines.

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Entrants retain ownership rights in their submissions, subject to certain rights and licenses granted to Sponsor as set forth in the Official Rules. Prizes: 3 winners will each receive (i) $10,000; (ii) one new Leica Q2 camera or equivalent. Total ARV of all prizes: $44,985. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit https://us.web.leica-camera.com/World-of-Leica/Leica-Women-Foto-Project/Leica-Women-Foto-Project-Award/Official-Award-Rules.

Sponsor: Leica Camera Inc.

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Official Award Rules: Submission Criteria

Find out more about the submission criteria and guidelines listed in the official award rules. Read carefully through the award rules and get familiar with the winner selection process. 

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FAQ

Are there any qualifications required to enter the contest? Is there any fee to enter the contest? You'll find those answers and more within the FAQ Section.

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Press Information

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