1854 Media announce a new award for women photographers

Kourtney Roy, from the series I Drink
1854 Media press release – 18 March, 2019.

Female in Focus is a new award that aims to highlight the extraordinary quality of work​ by women photographers around the world. 

It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance within the photography industry, but that is not for lack of interest or talent. While 80% of photography graduates are female, only 15% of professional photographers are women*. We want to understand what is happening to these promising graduates. We want to re-engage the talent that gets lost along the way. 

Female in Focus invites women and non-binary photographers to step behind the lens.​ By valuing everyone and their stories, equally, we can start to make photography more fair and more representative. 

The award is split into two categories. In the ‘Stories Category’, photographers can enter up to two bodies of work (up to 10 images each).

The two winners from this category will then be exhibited for a month in October/November 2019 at United Photo Industries ​ in New York City, US, and will be flown to New York for the exhibition opening.

Photographers can also apply to the ‘Single Image Category’. 20 winning images from this category will be exhibited alongside the two winning bodies of work.

Deadline for applications: 9 May 2019 23:59 (UK Time)


Single Image Category

  • 20 winning images will be exhibited as part of the group show at New York gallery United Photo Industries
  • Receive international press coverage
  • Be featured on BJP-Online
  • Have your worked judged by industry leaders

Stories Category

  • Two winning series will be exhibited as part of the group show at United Photo Industries
  • The two winners from this category will be flown to New York for the opening of the exhibition, with return flights and two nights of accommodation included
  • Receive international press coverage
  • Be featured on BJP-Online
  • Have your worked judged by industry leaders

For more information visit: www.femaleinfocus.com

Key Dates

  • Calls Open: 8 March 2019 (International Women’s Day)
  • Calls Close: 9 May 2019 23:59 (UK Time)
  • Winner and shortlist announcement: September 2019
  • Exhibition at United Photo Industries, NYC, USA: October/November 2019

Notes to Editors 

About 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography:​            

1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organisation with a global audience of photographers, arts lovers and industry experts. 

At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography​, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It manifests in a monthly publication that takes an international perspective on contemporary photography, focusing on fine art and documentary, and the cutting edge of editorial and commercial practices. It has also created internationally renowned photography awards – including OpenWalls, Portrait of Britain™, Female in Focus, BJP International Photography Award, ​ and Portrait of Humanity™​ all of which aim to discover and promote new talent.

Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, helps brands use the power of photography and video to cultivate and engage larger audiences, by leveraging our relationships with the world’s top photographic influencers and our understanding of the visual content that engages them.

About United Photo Industries

United Photo Industries is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography.

Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first 7 years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives with unrelenting zeal, working closely with photo festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations across the globe to create new exhibition opportunities.

Picture credit: ©Kourtney Roy, from the series I Drink

*Sourced from: Anna Fox, curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography. Retrieved ​here