The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported by Olympus, is now open for submissions.

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award , facilitated by FotoDocument and supported by Olympus, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the initiation or completion of a Documentary photo essay addressing an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, either local or global.

The work submitted should, in part, contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the aims of FotoDocument and the wishes of Marilyn Stafford. 2018 is the second year the award has been given and one overall winner will receive £2,000 towards their project and will have their work exhibited in a central London gallery and in the exhibition catalogue.

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, over 18, 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 may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world. Submissions close on 18 May 2018.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Marilyn Stafford’s photographic career was accidentally launched in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends making a film about him. In the car on the way to Einstein’s home in New Jersey, she was given a camera and a quick lesson in how to use it. From there on, her photographic career took her across the world, starting in Paris in the 1950s. There her friendship and guidance by Magnum founders Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson
were instrumental in shaping her work. She is now based in Sussex.

The winner of The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award will also have their work profiled on the FotoDocument website and publicised via social media by both FotoDocument and Olympus. The winner will receive mentoring support from Marilyn Stafford and FotoDocument during the course of their project.

Submissions will be reviewed by an international panel of industry experts including:
Dorothy Bohm, Donna de Cesare, Celia Davies, Nina Emett, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Marilyn Stafford, Helen Trompeteler. Georgina Pavelin, Head of Marketing UK from Olympus will join us on the panel and Marilyn Stafford’s daughter, Lina Clerke, will be an Honorary Judge.

Additionally, there will be two runners up to the award, who will each receive £500 and a selection of images from their final photo essay will be exhibited at a central London gallery and will feature in the exhibition catalogue. Their work will also be profiled on the FotoDocument website and digital channels.

“I am delighted to announce the launch of year two of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award. The judges were so pleased with our inaugural winner, Rebecca Conway, who has already made such a success of her project “Valley of the Shadow” in Kashmir with the help of the Award. This year, with support from Olympus, we have been able to increase our offer to the winner and two runners up, not only in terms of helping to finance their projects but also with a London exhibition. This will raise the
profile of the photographers considerably and it will also raise awareness of their under-reported stories, one of the main objectives. To facilitate this Award in honour of Marilyn Stafford is a great privilege.” Nina Emett, Founding Director, FotoDocument

“Olympus are proud supporters of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award. In a male dominant market it can be tough for female photographers, this Award not only recognises their talents and hard work, but also supports them in their photographic journey. Sharing great images is paramount and we are pleased to celebrate the fantastic entries from last year and we are excited to see what this year’s competition will bring.” Georgina Pavelin, Marketing Manager, Olympus UK

Short-listed applicants will also have at least one of their images selected for a group show at a central London gallery and will feature in the related exhibition catalogue. At least one of their images will be profiled on the FotoDocument website and publicised via social media.

For more details about FotoDocument visit @fotodocument

Image copyright Rebecca Conway Valley of the Shadow. All rights reserved.

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