Prix Virginia 2020

The Sylvia S. Association will award 10.000 € to the winner.


The Prix Virginia is the first photography prize exclusively reserved for a woman photographer, regardless of her age or nationality. The work submitted must never have yet been exhibited in France and must not be the result of an editorial assignment or advertisement commission.

Work done for commercial advertising or as an editorial assignment for an article will not be accepted. Photos submitted to the Virginia Prize should not have been exhibited in France. However, the artist may have already exhibited other works in France. Photographers should enter a body of work which they consider complete. The prize is not intended to finance the completion or the exhibition of a body of photographic work. The prize is free of cost.

The Jury is composed of eight members who deliberate and nominate the winner. The jury consists of 8 recognized specialists working in the field of visual arts. Most or all the members of the jury change with each prize year, except for the President.
The photographers may apply directly or other professional experts (photo editors, gallery owners, photo agents, and such) may apply for them. The Jury’s discussions and deliberations are private and reserved to Jury members. The President of the Jury chairs the discussion in the Jury and also has a vote. The Jury has the power to resolve any questions not already covered by these rules. In any given year, the Jury may also decide that none of the works submitted meets the criteria required and that therefore they will not award a prize.
Besides the prize winner, the Jury also names as many as 10 other contenders whose photographic work they believe to be of particular value.

The photographer who wins the prize cannot enter again at a later date, but all the other contestants are welcome to apply for the Virginia Prize again.


– The Sylvia S. Association will award 10.000 € to the winner.
– A Carte blanche for a Portrait de Ville edited by Be-Pôles editions for the winner or one of the 10 shortlisted photographers.
– A book publication of the winner’s photographs and the 10 shortlisted photographers by Filigranes editions
– An award ceremony will be held in Paris in November 2020, on a date to be decided after the Jury has reached their decision. The ceremony is public. The winner, members of the Jury, and the media will be present.
The ceremony is public. The winner, members of the Jury, and the media will be present.

Any material used in these exhibitions and publications must specify “© Prix Virginia 2020”.


The Virginia Prize is awarded by the Sylvia S. Association to a woman photographer.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The prize winner and the 10 specially recognized will send via internet their photography files in high definition (300 DPI, 30cm length). Association Sylvia S. can use these photographs to promote the Prix Virginia on its website, newsletter, or through its partners or the media. These photographs may be cropped or resized depending on the needs, in agreement with the photographer.