Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – Call for Submissions

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award – in association with FotoDocument – will be granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the initiation or completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.

The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the aims of FotoDocument and the wishes of Marilyn Stafford. The Award is reserved solely for documentary photographers working on projects which are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported or under-reported.

Women from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established, but they must have completed at least one documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record. Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world.

It is free to submit the initial application to FotoDocument. To be considered for the short-list, eligible applicants will be contacted and asked for a £10 entry fee. Concessions will be considered.


Submissions will be reviewed by an international panel of industry experts including Marilyn Stafford (, Nina Emett (, Anna Fox (, Dorothy Bohm (, Donna de Cesare (, Melanie Friend ( and Celia Davies ( Marilyn Stafford’s daughter, Lina Clerke, will be an Honorary Judge.

There will be one overall winner who will receive The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £1,000 towards their project. Their final work will be profiled on the FotoDocument website and via social media and they will receive mentoring support from Marilyn Stafford and FotoDocument during the course of their project. There will be two runners up who will each receive an Honourable Mention and whose work will be profiled on the FotoDocument website and via social media. Short-listed applicants will be named on the FotoDocument website and via social media.

The Award launches on 4th March as part of International Women’s Day 2017 events in Brighton, UK. Applications can be received from that date onwards.

Please down load the Call for Submissions document and the Application Form below.



After reviewing the Call for Submissions guidance thoroughly, please complete your application form and send it to: by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 28 April 2017.