Apply for either the Leica Women Foto Project Award or Mentor Program.


About the Leica Women Foto Project Award

The Leica Women Foto Project Award will grant three photographers $10,000 each to help complete an in-progress, personal photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. In addition to the financial award, each winner will receive a Leica SL2-S camera and a Leica Vario Elmarit-SL 24-70mm lens, to further support the completion of the personal project. Awardees will be featured in a 4-week exhibition at Fotografiska New York, to commence in 2022. Applications for the Leica Women Foto Project Award will be reviewed by a panel of renowned figures in the world of photography.

About the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program

The Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program will grant a total of three mentorships which include monthly one-on-one Coaching sessions by a VII Photographer, exposure on VII’s website, representation of Mentees by VII Agency, and a 12-month loan of a Leica Q2 camera. Candidates for this exclusive Mentorship Program must demonstrate a commitment to the profession of photography, have worked in the photo industry for four or more years, have worked on assignment, and has a published body of work. Candidates for the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program will be selected by members of VII Agency on the basis of quality of work, commitment to project, and vision of future success.


Note: Applicants may apply for EITHER the Leica Women Foto Project Award OR the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program and must indicate their preference within the application form. Recipients of the Leica Women Foto Project Award are not eligible for the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program prize, vice versa.  All applicants must agree to the Official Award Rules prior to submission. View the Official Award Rules here.

Please indicate in the application if you are submitting your work for consideration to the Award or Mentor Program.


About the Leica Women Foto Project Award

The Leica Women Foto Project Award will grant three photographers $10,000 each to help complete an in-progress, personal photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. In addition to the financial award, each winner will receive a Leica SL2-S camera and a Leica Vario Elmarit-SL 24-70mm lens, to further support the completion of the personal project. Awardees will be featured in a 4-week exhibition at Fotografiska New York, to commence in 2022. Applications for the Leica Women Foto Project Award will be reviewed by a panel of renowned figures in the world of photography.

Panel of Jurors

  1. Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Director, Leica Galleries Worldwide
  2. Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator
  3. Amanda Hajjar, Founding Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska
  4. Natalia Jiménez, Picture Editor, The Washington Post
  5. Lynn Johnson, Photojournalist
  6. Elizabeth Krist, Former Senior Photo Editor with National Geographic
  7. Eve Lyons, Photo Editor for The New York Times
  8. Laura Roumanos, Co-Founder, United Photo Industries
  9. Maggie Steber, Documentary photographer & Guggenheim Grant Fellow
  10. Sandra Stevenson,  Associate Director of Photography at CNN
  11. Denise Wolff, Aperture Foundation


About the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program

The Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program will grant a total of three mentorships which include monthly one-on-one Coaching sessions by a VII Photographer, exposure on VII’s website, representation of Mentees by VII Agency, and a 12-month loan of a Leica Q2 camera. Candidates for this exclusive Mentorship Program must demonstrate a commitment to the profession of photography, have worked in the photo industry for four or more years, have worked on assignment, and has a published body of work. Candidates for the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program will be selected by members of VII Agency on the basis of quality of work, commitment to project, and vision of future success.



Note: Applicants may apply for EITHER the Leica Women Foto Project Award OR the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program and must indicate their preference within the application form. Recipients of the Leica Women Foto Project Award are not eligible for the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program prize, vice versa.  All applicants must agree to the Official Award Rules prior to submission. View the Official Award Rules here.


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