In a perfect world photographers would not need outside validation - we would know inherently the value of our work. We would be compensated fairly and the ownership of our images would be respected. In a perfect world the support for young or “emerging” photographers would not be a recent development. The world is not perfect -but that is no reason not to contribute in a positive way wherever and whenever possible.
In 2017 I received a $5,000 grant from the Mae Foundation to further my work on me&EVE. I was 49 years old and this was the first grant I had ever been awarded in my career. $5,000 does not go all that far when you live in New York City but the validation lasts a lifetime.
In 2018 my Father, who had always been my champion passed away. The best way to honor him, his love of art and his generous spirit is by being a champion to others. In honor of Michael Hagler I have partnered with CENTER to create a $5,000 award for female photographers 40 and over who use their camera to somehow address social justice.
Submissions are open for the award and the award will be juried by Kathy Ryan, Photo Director of The New York Times Magazine. The award will also include acceptance and a scholarship to Review Santa Fe, an exhibition of your work at Review Santa Fe and a $500 Gift Card from Adorama.
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