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International Call for Women in Photography

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

• Deadline: 4th January, 2024

Eligibility: Female Photographers

Prize: £2,000 + Exhibition

• Entry Fees: Free


The annual V&A Parasol Foundation Prize for Women in Photography is dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and promoting innovative women artists within the contemporary photography realm. This international competition is open to women of all backgrounds, whether professionals or amateurs, and adheres to a specific yearly theme. The theme, curated for each edition of the Prize, serves as a focal point for artists to channel their creative responses.

In partnership with Peckham 24, the influential three-day photography festival in south London, the prize owes its existence to the generous support of Ms. Ruth Monicka Parasol and The Parasol Foundation Trust. A distinguished panel of global industry professionals and inspiring international artists independently selects the winners.

The 2024 theme is 'Histories,' delving into the profound relationship between photography and history. From the early neolithic periods to contemporary times, photography has evolved from primitive camera obscura techniques to a powerful medium documenting our history, culture, and societal transformations. Artists are encouraged to explore various facets, from historical processes in contemporary practice to documenting past events or reimagining the archive through family albums, vernacular photography, and institutional collections. 'Histories' invites artists to challenge existing narratives and contemplate the potential of photography in shaping reimagined or speculative futures.

The rewards for the four winning artists are significant. Their work will be featured in a group exhibition at Peckham 24, accompanied by events and public programming. Winners will receive international travel and two nights' accommodation expenses to attend the festival in London, providing a valuable opportunity for networking with the Prize selection committee and industry experts. Each exhibiting artist will also be granted a bursary of £2,000. Moreover, the winning artists will gain visibility through features on the V&A and Peckham 24 social media channels and communications.

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