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Female photographers have a difficult time in photography. Most equipment is created by men for men. Most clients think female photographers are the make-up artist when they first show up on set. The Guardian created an incredible photo-essay on how women are still battling sexism in the photography industry a few months ago.
This is why Leica created the Leica Women Foto Project, a scholarship dedicated to reframing "how we see, how we think, and how we express our visual narrative."
The project will give 3 female photographers a $10,000 prize and will loan them each a Leica Q2 for the year.
Each submission will be judged on the sophistication of the project, the technical quality of the photography, and the individual's dedication to the medium of photography. The lineup of judges is an impressive roster featuring Maggie Steber, a Guggenheim Fellow, and Deborah Willis, a professor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, amongst others.
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Nitty-Gritty Application Rules
You need to upload 10 photographs that all tell 1 story "on a topic relevant to the current social or political climate."
These photos may not be taken with a smartphone, but can be taken with any brand of digital or analog camera.
4 of these photos should have been taken in either 2018 or 2019. You also need to save them all as JPEGs.
Unfortunately, since this project is sponsored by LEICA USA, you must be a U.S. resident and over 21 years of age to enter.
You also can't apply if you're affiliated with Leica in any way, or if you live in the same household as someone who is, or if you're affiliated with any of Leica's competitors.
Important Application Dates
Applications are due by August 29th. The three winners will be notified around October 16th.
So, if you think you have what it takes to be the female voice of our generation, apply here.