Leica Women Foto Project

2019 Award Recipients

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As part of the Leica Women Foto Project, Leica Camera USA awarded three U.S. photographers to receive an award of $10,000 USD each and 1-year loan of a Leica Q2 camera to support a personal project that is relevant to today’s social and political climate. The mission of the Leica Women Foto Project is to educate, encourage and empower photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a woman’s point of view. The award serves as a catalyst to reframe how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative.

Applicants were 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 Art Director & Chief Representative, Leica Galleries International

● Maggie Steber VII Agency photographer and Guggenheim fellow

● Elizabeth Avedon Independent curator, photo book and exhibition designer

● Laura Roumanos Executive producer and co-founder, United Photo Industries

● Deborah Willis University professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery

In addition to the financial award, each winner received a one-year loan of a Leica Q2. At the end of the term, the cameras will be passed on to the next three winners of the 2020 award to continue the legacy. A replacement Leica camera will be offered to the initial set of recipients to continue documenting their journey through the lens of a Leica.

Candidates for the award were requested to submit a series of 10 images from a personal or long-term project, made on any digital or film camera of any make, model or brand, with at least 4 images created between 2018-19. Alongside the images, applicants were required to submit a 500 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 closed on August 29, 2019.

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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 21 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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    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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    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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    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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    Deborah Willis

    Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies. Additionally, she is Director of the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture.

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