2019 Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award

Award of £2000


The 2019 Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £2000, facilitated by FotoDocument and supported by Nikon for the first time this year, will be granted to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.

The work should, in part, showcase positive solutions to any issues it raises in order to contribute to constructive photojournalism, in line with the wishes of Marilyn Stafford and the aims of FotoDocument. The Award is reserved solely for documentary photographers working on projects which are intended to make the world a better place and which may be unreported/under-reported.

Women from any stage of their careers are welcome to apply, whether emerging, mid-career or established. They must already have started the photo essay for which they are seeking funding and be able to show work in progress. In addition, they must have already completed at least one other documentary photo essay to demonstrate track record prior to applying for funding. Entrants must be over 18, they may be any nationality and based anywhere in the world. It is free to submit.

Submissions will be reviewed by panel including: Rebecca Conway – 2017 FotoAward winner, Nina Emett – Director of FotoDocument, Rebecca Newton – PR & Social Media Manager Nikon and Marilyn Stafford herself among others.


One overall winner will receive The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £2000 towards the completion of their project.

The final work will feature on the FotoDocument and Nikon websites and will be publicised via social media.

Partners will collectively endeavour to gain coverage for the final work in the international media, without any guarantee of this outcome.

Short-listed applicants will have at least one of their images profiled on the FotoDocument and Nikon websites and publicised via social media.


This Award is for women documentary photographers/ those who identify as female.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Copyright of the photographs will remain with the selected photographer/s. The photographs must be free from copyright and usage restrictions from third parties. The selected photographer/swill license to FotoDocument and Nikon reproduction rightsfor an agreed selection of images which make up the final workin any media worldwide, in perpetuity,for the purposes of providing exposure forthe photographer, for the body of work created and for the Awarditselfonly. Neither FotoDocument nor Nikon will pass on these reproduction rights to any third parties,without the prior agreement of the photographer.Any usage of the photographs by FotoDocument or Nikon or licensed third parties will be creditedto the selected photographer/swith the appropriate copyright symbol.


Documentary Photojournalism