This year’s judges were people involved in the photo world in important capacities or the other, including professors, curators, photo editors and photographers. Judges for the Women Photograph Project Grant were: Katherine Pomerantz of Time, photographer Miora Rajonary, Sana Ullah of the National Geographic Society, photographer Nina Berman, and John Edwin Mason of UVA and Women Photograph. The judges for the Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant were Magdalena Herrera of GEO France, Sandy Ciric of Getty Images, Leslie Urena of the National Portrait Gallery, Lekgetho Makola of the Javett Art Centre and Vi Ngyuen of Women Photograph.
The awards were given for work that highlighted a varied group of subjects, including the lives of trans and Black people, as well as a personal project on the Kichwa community that is home to the photographer who made that work.
This year’s Women Photograph Project Grant recipients were Eli Frainango for her long-term work “Runa Kawsay,” exploring the “the nuances of Indigenous identity from the personal experiences of the Kichwa community living in Turtle Island (North America);” Golden, for their work “On Learning How to Live,” which “documents Black trans life at the intersections of survival and living in the United States;” Lia Latty and her work “Oreo,” which “challenges the stereotypes that are constantly projected onto Black people and how it can affect their identity;” Kathy Anne Lim and her documentary project examining the fumigation clouds Singaporean authorities cause while trying to combat Dengue and malaria; and Danielle Villasana’s “Abre Camino,” which examines trans women in Central America and the threats they face, but also their resilience despite the hardship they encounter. You will find jubilation, introspection and downright beauty in each of these projects.
The Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarhip this year goes to Tshepiso Mabula for her project “Ukukuma,” which was “motivated by my [Mabula’s] trauma as a result of activism in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, liberation and reconciliation effects within present day South Africa.”
Mabula’s powerful black-and-white images tell the stories of the lesser known people in South Africa who struggled against apartheid and who bore the brunt of mental as well as physical scars created by apartheid. Women Photograph’s Vi Nguyen said of Mabula’s work:
“Tshepiso’s body of work was a moving and visceral experience for all of the judges. Her visual representation of memory, trauma, and belonging paired eloquently with her words and communicated the poise and emotional vulnerability with which she approaches her craft.”
You can find out more about Women Photograph, as well as read more in-depth descriptions of each project along with several of the judges’ thoughts on the projects, here.
Here is a selection of photographs from all of these powerful, eloquent recipients of this year’s awards:
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