Female-only photo award highlights the positive power of photojournalism

2018's runner-up Mary Turner
2018's runner-up Mary Turner (Image credit: Mary Turner)

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage (opens in new tab) Award 2019 is now open for entries, and newly sponsored by Nikon. 

The global competition was set up by esteemed documentary photographer Marilyn Stafford (opens in new tab) in 2017 to celebrate talented female photographers and highlight the positive power of photojournalism and documentary photography. 

The competition – which calls for submissions from female photographers over the age of 18 – raises awareness of important yet under reported social, environmental, economic and cultural issues. 

Prize and sponsorship from Nikon

Providing photographers with the equipment to tell their stories is at the heart of what we do. It is an honour to support those who are following in the footsteps of Marilyn Stafford herself to drive real change in the world through inspiring imagery.

Rebecca Newton, Nikon

A £2,000 prize is on offer to the winning project to be put towards the completion of a documentary photo essay. 

The award provides a platform for female photographers to promote their work in the traditionally male-dominated field of photojournalism and Nikon’s sponsorship recognises its continued commitment to nurture female talent in the photography industry.

Documentary photographer Özge Sebzeci won the 2018 award with her photo essay about the marriages of Syrian refugee children in Turkey, I am Beautiful – But My Destiny…

Documentary photographer Özge Sebzeci won the 2018 award with her photo essay about the marriages of Syrian refugee children in Turkey, I am Beautiful – But My Destiny… (Image credit: Özge Sebzeci)

How to enter (before 15 November)

Applications are now open to female photographers at any stage in their career and of any nationality, providing they have completed at least one documentary photo essay which showcases positive solutions to the world’s biggest issues at a local or global level.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts including Marilyn Stafford and Rebecca Newton from Nikon. 

The winner will be announced in December and will receive the grant towards their project in addition to having their final work screened at the Nikon School in central London.

The competition closes on 15 November. Visit the Marilyn Stafford (opens in new tab) or FotoDocument (opens in new tab) website to read the conditions of entry and find out more.

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Lauren Scott
Managing Editor

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.