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Female in Focus

October 22, 2019 - January 17, 2020

United Photo Industries
16 Main Street, Suite B
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
Tue-Sat, 11–6
(718) 801-8099

Female in Focus is a new award from 1854 Media, running for the first time in 2019. The aim of the award is to highlight the exceptional quality of work by female photographers around the world.

Female in Focus is our way of addressing gender imbalance in the industry. While 80% of photography graduates are female¹, only 15% of professional photographers are women². On top of this, 8 out of 9 photography award winners are male³.

Our mission is to open up the world of photography to diverse talent, and to empower women and those who identify as women to step behind the lens.

We must start at home. Equality in our own awards is improving but is not equal yet; just 38% of our winners are female. We are determined to see this number rise. This is why we have created Female in Focus. We hope to see more work by women at festivals and in galleries, and to elevate the work and careers of female photographers across the globe.

We believe that gender is a spectrum. Female in Focus is inclusive of a multitude of feminine voices, including those who are trans and non-binary

The 2 winning series by Priya Kambli and Katinka Schuett and the 20 winning single images by Charlotte Bergan, Fern Berresford, Sarah Blais, Vicki Couchman, Gillian Hyland, Gwendolyn Keasberry, Adél Koleszár, Maria Lax, Erin Lubin, Sandra Minten, Fiona Morris, Nancy Newberry, Elena Nikitina, Stephanie Noritz, Sarah Pannell, Sofia Sebastian, Efrat Sela, Valérie Six, and Kathy Yates will be displayed at the UPI gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn on the NYC waterfront