Female in Focus: An award for women photographers

© Kourtney Roy, from the series Middle of Fucking Nowhere

Did you know that across the photography industry, just 1 in 9 award winners are women? And while equality in our own awards is improving, last year only 38% of our winners were female. If we are to make real steps towards equality in the photography industry, we must start at home.

It is for neither lack of interest nor talent that the photography industry is so imbalanced. While just 15% of professional photographers are women, 80% of photography graduates are female. We want to know what is happening to these promising graduates, and to re-engage the talent that gets lost along the way by giving underrepresented photographers the tools and platforms to succeed. By valuing everyone and their stories, equally, we can start to make photography more fair and more representative.

Female in Focus, seeks to highlight the exceptional quality of photography by women. The aim is to open up the world of photography to diverse talent, and to empower women and non-binary people to step behind the lens.

This inaugural edition of Female in Focus addresses gender disparity head on, by giving female-identifying and non-binary photographers the chance to have their work exhibited in a leading New York gallery, United Photo Industries, for a month over October and November 2019. Taking place just after the close of PhotoPlus Expo – the height of photography season in New York – this group show will place the exceptional work of our winners at the very heart of the photography industry.

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