2023 Leica Women Foto Project Award


 About this Year's Award

The Leica Women Foto Project serves to empower the female perspective and its impact on today’s visual stories. We believe the shape of a story is reactive to the storyteller’s perspective, developing a narrative that too often is reflective of individual truths. The Leica Women Foto Project encourages diversity and inclusion in visual storytelling to amplify voices typically underrepresented in photography, discovering the breadth of shapes formed by a single story.​ Conceived in 2019, the initiative has evolved to offer cash awards, mentor ship and business opportunities and Leica equipment to serve the female perspective in the world of photography.

This year, the Award expands to residents of the US, UK, Mexico, and Canada (excluding Québec), where one applicant from each region will be awarded a Leica SL2-S camera set and $10,000 USD.

Applicants are requested to submit a single photo essay made with any make or model camera that bears witness to humanity as expressed through the female perspective. Winners will be announced on March 8, 2023.



Call of Entries Timeline



Terms and Conditions

The theme of this year's award is a personal photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. Submit 10 images made between 2019 – 2022. Submissions can be made on any camera make and model. Owning a Leica camera is NOT required. Smartphone photography is NOT allowed. Applications will be judged by three categories Quality of Photography, Dedication to the Medium, and Sophistication of Project. Additional terms, conditions and application requirements apply. To review complete contest terms and conditions, click here.


 Meet the Jurors

Click on the image below to view the Jurors Biography

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Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Art Director Leica Galleries Worldwide

  Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
National Geographic

 Liz Johnson Artur

Elizabeth Krist
Former National Geographic

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 Maggie Steber
Documentary Photographer

 Natalia Jimenez
The Washington Post

 Mary McCartney

 Nikki Reed
Actress, Photographer

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 Renée Mussai
Senior Curator

 Sara Rumens
The Times

 Whitney Hollington Matewe
TIME Magazine

  Laura Roumanos

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Amanda de Cadenet
Media Personality

Kate Kuo
LA Times





View Past Leica Women Photo Project Photo Winners

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Finding Freedom in the Water Project 562 The Super Power of Me