Open Call: International Women Photographers Award

The International Women Photographers Award (IWPA) is inviting women photographers to submit entries for the 2018 awards. The competition is open to women photographers from all over the world over the age of 18, professional and amateur, and refreshingly there is no entry fee.

You need to chose whether you’re entering the 2018 theme, “Visible / Invisible”, or the uncategorised “Free theme”. Otherwise the only requirement is that you should submit 12 images which must be a consistent set (meaning that images must work together as a whole) and which must not have been previously used for any commercial purposes or won a previous competition or award. You’ll need to submit an explanatory text, a CV and a short bio.

Images should be less than 5MB initially, a minimum of 2,500 px in width/height at 72 dpi. Selected candidates will then be asked for print-ready hi-res versions.

The deadline for entries is 15 December.

An international jury of “eminent figures from the art and photography community” will shortlist 11 candidates in February. They will be exhibited in March 2018 at La Galerie, the Alliance Française gallery in Dubai (the exhibition will open on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day), with one of their number announced as the official winner.

The winner will also get a solo exhibition at La Galerie; all finalists get a Canon camera each. The exhibition will subsequently travel to India, Saudi Arabia, and France.

The IWPA is organised by the International Women Photographers Association with Myartspy and Dubai-based Antidote Art and Design, in collaboration with Alliance Française Dubai and with Canon Middle East as official sponsor.

More information and application details are here.

Above: Ayan, a young refugee from Somalia photographed in Kampala. Part of a series by Anne Ackermann

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