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'Histories' by Women in Photography

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

• Deadline: 4th January, 2024

Eligibility: Female Photographers

Prize: £2,000 + Exhibition

• Entry Fees: Free

• REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT


The V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography is an annual celebration dedicated to acknowledging, uplifting, and showcasing the creativity of women artists in contemporary photography worldwide. This inclusive competition welcomes women from all walks of life, whether seasoned professionals or enthusiastic amateurs, and revolves around a distinct theme each year, carefully curated to serve as a catalyst for artists' imaginative expressions.

In collaboration with Peckham 24, the influential three-day photography festival in South London, the prize owes its inception to the generous backing of Ms. Ruth Monicka Parasol and The Parasol Foundation Trust. A distinguished panel of global industry professionals and inspiring international artists independently evaluates and selects the winners, ensuring a fair and rigorous selection process.

The theme for the 2024 edition is 'Histories,' inviting exploration into the profound connection between photography and history. From the early neolithic periods to the present day, photography has evolved from rudimentary camera obscura techniques to a potent medium documenting our cultural heritage, societal changes, and historical events. Artists are encouraged to delve into various aspects, from integrating historical processes into contemporary practices to capturing past events or reimagining archives through family albums, vernacular photography, and institutional collections. 'Histories' challenges artists to question prevailing narratives and envision the potential of photography in shaping alternative or speculative futures.

The rewards for the four winning artists are substantial. Their works will be showcased in a group exhibition at Peckham 24, complemented by events and public programming. Winners will be provided with travel expenses and two nights of accommodation to attend the festival in London, offering a valuable opportunity for networking with the Prize selection committee and industry experts. Additionally, each exhibiting artist will receive a bursary of £2,000. The winning artists will also enjoy visibility through features on the V&A and Peckham 24 social media channels and communications.

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