Female in Focus 2022

Discovering, promoting and rewarding the work of women photographers

  • Deadline: 7 April 2022
  • Entry fee: Entries can be purchased in the form of a one-off single image or a story (up to 10 images) for 35$. 1854 Access Members enter free.
  • Website: https://1854.photo/3soAnfC

Back for its fourth edition, Female in Focus is an international award that harnesses 1854’s global platform to champion the work of world-class women-identifying photographers.

Awareness around gender inequality in the industry may be growing. But the numbers aren’t changing fast enough. Globally, 70-80% of photography students are women — yet they account for only 13-15% of professional photographers.

Two winning stories and 20 single images will be exhibited as part of a group show in the US and UK (last year’s venue was at Green Space Miami in collaboration with WOPHA).

This year's edition is themed Home. Pairing with our upcoming British Journal of Photography print issue, themed Home, Female in Focus 2022 calls on photographers across the world to consider the many shapes and forms our sense of home can take, and how this may have evolved throughout the drastically changing landscape of recent years. Home as an object. Home as a community. Home as a state of mind.


20 images and two bodies of work will be exhibited in a group show. Previous venues include Artspace in New York City and Green Space Miami.

Get judged by industry leaders. Past years have included leading women from The New Yorker, Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) and international galleries and publications.

Receive international press coverage. Past winners have been featured in Vogue Italia, The Guardian, The Times and more.

Winners will be invited to include their work in a dedicated NFT drop with our trusted partners, ART3.io.


Women photographers (Female in Focus is a space built for all women e.g. cis, trans and intersex)

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

"Each entrant will be deemed to warrant they own the entire copyright for the work or that they have permission from the licensee and/or copyright owner/s for the uses.

No copyright is transferred to the 1854 Media & British Journal of Photography in respect of any works entered or accepted.

1854 Media & British Journal of Photography reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any entry, without payment, for the sole purpose of Female in Focus – this year and in future – and its promotion and publicity."


Fine Art