There have been many great female photographers, from 19th century pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron to Lee Miller to Annie Leibovitz. The raison d'être of the International Women Photographers Award, established in 2001 by French photographer Severine Blanchet, is to celebrate and raise the profile of women working in the field, both as amateurs and professionals, through giving them a platform to help them to exhibit around the world.
This year, the opening show of the International Women Photographers Award will happen in Dubai, at La Galerie, Alliance Française’s recently opened gallery space, fittingly on International Women’s Day, 8 March. It will be the first exhibition of its kind, focusing entirely on women, in the region and the works on show have been selected from over 800 submissions from more than 70 countries.
The exhibition, organised by Antidote art and design platform in collaboration with the International Women Photographers Association and Alliance Francaise, will showcase the work of 10 photographers, as yet to be announced. The winner will be announced in later February and the prize is a travelling exhibition, taking in Paris, New Delhi, Port Said, Alexandria, Toulouse, Cairo, Riyadh and Bahrain over the course of 2017.
There will also be a panel discussion on 8 March at Alliance Française, focusing on Contemporary Women Photographers in the Middle East (to be confirmed). Speakers will include Sueraya Shaheen, Photo Editor of Tribe Magazine, photographer Lamia Gargas and Severine Blanchet, whose work is seen above.
The IWPA Exhibition runs from 8 March to 8 April at La Galerie, Alliance Française, Dubai. For more information see Iwpa.fr