Leica Women Foto Project Award


Leica Women Foto Project Award
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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.

Call for entries close on October 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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.

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, Photojournalist
  • Elizabeth Avedon, Curator, Designer, Writer
  • Elizabeth Krist, Former 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.

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 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.

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

Sponsor: Leica Camera Inc.

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