Leica Women Foto Project Award

Leica Women Photo Project

Leica Women Foto Project Award & Mentor Program

Leica Camera USA announces the third annual call for entries to its Leica Women Foto Project Award, in partnership with Fotografiska. This year, the brand’s initiative to promote diversity in photography expands to include an additional call for entries to the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program by VII Agency, providing the resources to enrich the professional development of female photographers.

Meet the Leica Women Foto Project Award Jurors:
                            • Karin Kaufmann, Director, Leica Galleries Worldwide
                            • Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator
                            • Amanda Hajjar, Founding Director of Exhibitions, Fotografiska
                            • Natalia Jiménez, Picture Editor, The Washington Post
                            • Lynn Johnson, Photojournalist
                            • Elizabeth Krist, Former Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic
                            • Eve Lyons, Photo Editor, The New York Times
                            • Laura Roumanos, Co-Founder, United Photo Industries
                            • Maggie Steber, VII Agency photographer and Guggenheim Grant Fellow
                            • Sandra Stevenson, Associate Director of Photography at CNN
                            • Denise Wolff, Aperture Foundation

The Leica Women Foto Project Award will grant three photographers $10,000, a Leica SL2-S camera, and a Leica Vario Elmarit-SL 24-70mm each to help complete an in-progress, personal photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. Awardees will be featured in a 4-week exhibition at Fotografiska New York, to commence in 2022. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of renowned figures in the world of photography.

The Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program will grant a total of three mentorships which include monthly one-on-one Coaching sessions by a VII Photographer, exposure on VII’s website, representation of Mentees by VII Agency, and a 12-month loan of a Leica Q2 camera. Candidates for this exclusive Mentorship Program must demonstrate a commitment to the profession of photography, have worked in the photo industry for four or more years, have worked on assignment, and has a published body of work. Candidates will be selected by members of VII Agency on the basis of quality of work, commitment to project, and vision of future success.

Note: Applicants may apply for EITHER the Leica Women Foto Project Award OR the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program and must indicate their preference within the application form. Recipients of the Leica Women Foto Project Award are not eligible for the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program prize, vice versa. All applicants must agree to the Official Award Rules prior to submission. View the Official Award Rules here.

Call for entries begins August 26 at 9:00AM ET and will close on October 8 at 11:59 PM ET at 11:59 PM ET. Candidates for the Leica Women Foto Project Award must be legal US residents and who are 21 years or older at entry.

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